Big 12 Preview: Week Six

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Posted Oct 3, 2013


Finally! It's a full week of conference action, with all ten teams squaring off in five league battles. The race for the top begins with some early battles for positioning.

HOMEBODIES

Baylor is the only Big 12 team yet to play a road game. The Bears play their fourth consecutive home tilt on Saturday when they face West Virginia. BU will finally leave the confines of Floyd Casey Stadium next week when it ravelst o Kansas State. In all, Baylor has eight home games this year, which is the final one in their 63-year old venue.


PERILOUS ROAD

So far this season, Big 12 ranked road teams are 0-2 in conference play vs. unranked teams. Since 2011, ranked Big 12 teams have lost on the home field of an unranked league opponent on nine occasions. Last season, unranked home teams were 4-8 against ranked visitors.


ALMOST AUTOMATIC

With the non-conference schedule complete, only one team has missed an extra point this year. That's Kansas State, which is 16-17 on the season. Baylor, with its prolific offense, leads in this category with a perfect 29-29 showing thus far.


FIND THE BALL

Texas Tech has faced two on-side kicks this year and seen its opponents recover both of them. They are the only league team thus far to yield possession on an onside kick.


PICKS

  • Iowa State hosts Texas in what should be a good Thursday night atmosphere in Ames, but that won't be enough to push the Cyclones to a win. It's popular right now to trash the Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown, but their superior defense will be enough to shut down ISU and secure the win even if the offense struggles.

  • Much like Iowa State, Kansas has to be feeling better after gaining its first win of the year, and holds the home field advantage over visiting Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, despite a dropoff in quarterback play last week, still hold the talent edge, and that should be enough to get them a valuable road win.

  • Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State with some new doubts about the consistency of its offense. The Wildcats have bigger problems, though, and haven't gooten all of their incoming juco parts to work together as effectively as in past seasons. Willie won't roll over in this one, but in a battle of mascots with outsized heads, Pistol Pete holds the edge.

  • TCU has battled this year, but just like other QB-challenged Big 12 members, has had troubles with offensive consistency. It's defense is still potent, however. Oklahoma appears to have settled with Blake Bell at QB (as TCU has with Trevone Boykin), but the Sooner signal caller has been very good since retaking the starting job. The QB that plays the best gives his team the advantage, and that's been Bell. Expect an epic battle from the Horned Frog defense, but the Sooners hold serve at home.

  • West Virginia's defense continues to show more life, but Baylor's offense has been nigh unstoppable. Questions remain about the Bears' defense and the quality of their opponents, but you don't average 70 points per game without great talent. WVU could make more of a game of this than some suspect, but it's tough to go against a Bear team on a roll at home.


    BAYLOR
    3-0 / 0-0
    vs. West Virginia
    Sat 10/5
    8:00 PM E \ 7:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    Baylor’s 209 points this season are the most by any team through the first three games of the season in the last 10 years.

    WR Antwan Goodley has totaled 370 yards of receiving on 14 catches through the Bears’ first three games. During BU’s open week Goodley was one of six players nationally to be added to the watch list for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award.


    IOWA STATE
    1-2 / 0-0
    vs. Texas
    Thu 10/3
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    ESPN
    RB Aaron Wimberly set career highs in carries (19) and yards (137) in last week’s outing against Tulsa. He also recorded his first 100-yard game.

    The Cyclones will play their second-consecutive Thursday night game when Texas visits Ames this week. ISU is 21-10 all-time in Thursday match-ups.


    KANSAS
    2-1 / 0-0
    vs. Texas Tech
    Sat 10/5
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    In the Jayhawks’ Sept. 21 game against Louisiana Tech, QB Jake Heaps completed a career-high 28 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown.

    Punter Trevor Pardula set a school record for punting average in a game after averaging 57.6 yards on five punts against Louisiana Tech.


    KANSAS STATE
    2-2 / 0-1
    at Oklahoma St.
    Sat 10/5
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC
    WR Tyler Lockett has tallied 469 receiving yards through four games for the Wildcats. After setting a K-State single-game record for receiving yards (237) against Texas, Lockett was added to the watch list for the 2013 Biletnikoff Award.

    K-State extended its scoring streak to 207 consecutive games in the Sept. 21 match-up against Texas. The streak is the eighth-longest in the nation.


    OKLAHOMA
    4-0 / 1-0
    vs. TCU
    Sat 10/5
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    OU’s defense has succeeded at forcing turnovers with six takeaways through four games. OU holds at +42 differential in takeaway points, registering 42 points off opponents’ turnovers, while surrendering no points off four giveaways.

    The Sooners hold a +88 scoring advantage (136 scored/48 allowed), a figure that ranks ninth among the 13 teams ranked in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 that have a perfect 4-0 record or better.


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    3-1 / 0-1
    vs. Kansas State
    Sat 10/5
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ABC
    OSU has amassed at least 400 yards of offense in its last 12 games and in 29 of its last 30 contests.

    The Cowboys have won five straight home games and 13 of their last 14 in Boone Pickens Stadium.


    TEXAS
    2-2 / 1-0
    at Iowa State
    Thu 10/3
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    ESPN
    UT is averaging 483.0 yards of total offense which ranks No. 31 in the nation. The Horns are averaging 210.5 yards on the ground (No. 37) and 272.5 in the air (36th).

    Johnathan Gray leads the team (350) and ranks third in the Big 12 in rushing (87.5 per game). He is averaging 107.3 rushing yards over the last three games.


    TCU
    2-2 / 0-1
    at Oklahoma
    Sat 10/5
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    The Horned Frogs top the Big 12 in sacks (15) while ranking fifth nationally at 3.75 per game. TCU is also No. 1 in the conference and No. 5 in the country in interceptions (nine).

    Nearly 40 percent of players who have seen action for TCU this season are sophomores.


    TEXAS TECH
    4-0 / 1-0
    at Kansas
    Sat 10/5
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    Saturday’s game in Lawrence will mark the 15th all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Kansas. The Red Raiders hold a 13-1 all-time advantage and have won six consecutive games in the series.

    The Red Raiders are 93-5-4 since 1970 when holding their opponent to 10 points or fewer. Tech is 33-0 since 1996 when its opponent scores 10 or fewer points in a game.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    3-2 / 1-1
    at Baylor
    Sat 10/5
    8:00 PM E \ 7:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    Kevin White’s 17-yard touchdown reception from Clint Trickett was White’s first WVU touchdown. It was also Trickett’s first touchdown in a Mountaineer uniform.

    WVU has returned 18 interceptions for touchdowns since 2000.



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