Big 12 Preview: Week Seven

Four head-to-head battles are on tap for Saturday as the Big 12 football conference gets all of their games underway early in the day.

WORTH TRYING?

Last year's rule changes to eliminate the high-bouncing on-side kick seemed to eliminate one of the chief weapons for teams needing to get the ball back after scoring, but so far this year it hasn't been major hindrance. League teams are 3-4 in recovering on-side attempts, with TCU (1-1) West Virginia (1-1) and Iowa State (1-2) turning the trick.


MOSTLY CLOSE

ƒnOf the nine conference games played thus far, seven have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including three by four or fewer. The two exceptions are Baylors 73-42 win over West Virginia and Texas Tech's 54-16 victory over Kansas.


UP OR DOWN

Despite Baylor's record scoring pace, Big 12 defenses overall are holding foes to 21.9 points and 373 yards per game. Whether that is a reflection of the unsettled quarterbacking at some schools or true defensive improvement will be proven out over the next few weeks as round robin league play provides a truer picture of each team's strength.


SCORING PACE

Kansas and West Virginia are the only two league schools to yield more points than they have scored so far this year.


PICKS

  • Iowa State has to be plenty steamed after getting ths short end of the worst call of the year so far against Texas. That might fuel them a bit against Texas Tech, but is it enough for an upset? Without much logic behind it, the gut thought is yes.

  • Neither Kansas nor TCU has much offense. Whether that's due to the opponents thus far or personnel shortcomings is still a matter for some debate. The Horned Frogs would have gotten the defensive nod, but just lost its star player on that side for the season. What's left to look at? There's just not much that stands out, so TCU gets a very weak nod at home.

  • Baylor takes its scoring show on the road for the first time this year. While K-State might not give up 70, it doesn't have the defensive chops or the offensive firepower to hang with the Bears on either side of the ball.

  • Oklahoma has steamrolled Texas in the last two editions of the Red River rivalry, and there's not much to suggest that it won't do so again. The Sooners have settled on a QB, and Texas is still fighting to find consistency. OU gets the call.


    BAYLOR
    4-0 / 1-0
    at Kansas St
    Sat 10/12
    3:30 PM \ 2:30 PM
    FOX
    Baylor's 864 yards of offense vs. WVU is a Big 12 record, passing WVU's 807 yards against BU last season. The Bears' 73 points is a Big 12 record for most points in a league match-up.

    The Bears' are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1991. BU has started the season 4-0 18 times in school history.


    IOWA STATE
    1-3 / 0-1
    at Texas Tech
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    ESPN
    QB Sam Richardson's 97-yard pass to Quenton Bundrage during the Texas game is the longest pass in Iowa State history.

    Aaron Wimberly became the first Cyclone with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Alexander Robinson in 2010.


    KANSAS
    2-2 / 0-1
    at TCU
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    FOX Sports Net
    Kansas has stopped every 2013 opponent on the opening drive, limiting opposing teams to three first downs on opening drives through four games.

    Matthew Wyman's 36-yard field goal marked the first KU points scored in the first quarter this season, and also the first time Texas Tech trailed in 2013.


    KANSAS STATE
    2-3 / 0-2
    vs. Baylor
    Sat 10/12
    3:30 PM \ 2:30 PM
    FOX
    QB Daniel Sams accounted for 299 yards of total offense and three touchdowns for the Wildcats at Oklahoma State.

    Kip Daily returned a blocked field goal by Travis Britz 65 yards for a touchdown. The last Wildcat TD on a blocked FG came against Baylor in 2002.


    OKLAHOMA
    5-0 / 2-0
    vs. Texas
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    ABC
    Oklahoma has not allowed any points in the second quarter this season, outscoring teams 57-0. In the first half, Oklahoma is outscoring its opponents 130-21.

    With a 39-yard field goal in the first quarter, Michael Hunnicutt set the Oklahoma school record with his 49th career field goal. He added his 50th right before halftime.


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    4-1 / 1-1
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/19
    vs. TCU
    With Kansas State's punt on its opening drive, Oklahoma State has held opponents scoreless on game-opening drives four consecutive times.

    In the third quarter, linebacker Caleb Lavey ended consecutive K-State drives with his first forced fumble and first interception of the season, with each occurring in a span of less than two minutes.


    TEXAS
    3-2 / 2-0
    vs. Oklahoma
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    ABC
    During the Mack Brown era, Texas has registered 30 second-half comebacks, including 19 in the fourth quarter. The second-half comeback win at Iowa State is the fourth in the last two seasons.

    With Johnathan Gray's 45-yard TD run, Texas has scored seven touchdowns this season on plays of 45 yards or longer and it has been spread around among seven players.


    TCU
    2-3 / 0-2
    vs. Kansas
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    FOX Sports Net
    DB Chris Hackett tied a career high, set in last year's Oklahoma game, with his team-best 11 tackles vs. the Sooners last Saturday.

    True freshman WR Ty Slanina had a career high in receiving for the second straight game with his team-best six receptions for 38 yards. He entered the game with five catches on the year.


    TEXAS TECH
    5-0 / 2-0
    vs. Iowa St
    Sat 10/12
    12:00 PM / 11:00 AM
    ESPN
    With the win over Kansas, Kliff Kingsbury becomes just the second coach in school history to win his first five games during his debut season as head coach.

    Junior TE Jace Amaro caught at least eight passes for the fourthstraight game while becoming the fifth Red Raider to accomplish the feat since 2000.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    3-3 / 1-2
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 10/12
    vs. Texas Tech
    Karl Joseph's fumble recovery for a touchdown on a WVU punt was the Mountaineers' first special teams touchdown of the season.

    Under Dana Holgorsen, a WVU receiver has had 100 yards or more receiving in a game 24 times with Kevin White's 130 receiving yards against Baylor.

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