Big 12 Preview: Week Eleven

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Posted Nov 7, 2013


A Big Thursday night battle gets the league off to a strong start on another critical weekend of play.

NOT SO SHALLOW

No league has more Top 25 conference game match-ups over the remaining weeks of the season than the Big 12 (based on this week’s BCS Standings). The Big 12 and SEC have four such battles, while the Pac-12 has two. The ACC and Big Ten have none.

Fifty percent of Big 12 teams are bowl-eligible. No other league has a higher percentage. Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech have all reached six wins.


TOUGH FINISHING ROAD

The teams in the top half of the Big 12 standings are a combined 34-6 on the season with four of the six losses coming in Conference games. All five are in the top 30 for toughest remaining schedule with four in the top 16.

Seven games remaining on the Big 12 schedule will feature the teams in the top half of the standings with each currently having two-or-fewer losses on the season.


OUT AND ALMOST OUT

Iowa State is out of bowl contention. Kansas will join the Cyclones if it loses to Oklahoma State on Saturday. TCU is also on the edge of extinction, and must win its final three games against Iowa State, Kansas State and Baylor to earn a bid.


PICKS

  • Oklahoma travels to Baylor, where the Bears seem to have a 14-0 lead before they ever get out of the locker room. OU probably has the best athletes BU has faced to date, but sometimes that talent runs a bit undisciplined. That's a critical fault against Art Briles' offense. Baylor extends its undefeated record to 8-0.

  • TCU comes off a demoralizing loss to take a demoralizing road trip to Iowa State. The Cyclones are already out of the bowl picture, and the Horned Frogs are still expected to play hard for coach Gary Patterson. TCU escapes the windy plains with a victory.

  • Texas Tech has lost two in a row, and hosts a Kansas State team that needs a win to keep the momentum going for bowl eligibility. K-State's quarterback picture remains muddy, but it is fighting a more desperate battle. The Wildcats get a narrow call.

  • Oklahoma State gets a break as it continues its chase of Texas and Baylor, and will roll over the Jayhawks.

  • West Virginia still has offensive issues, but West Virginia is very tough to beat at home at night. Texas is no stranger to playing in difficult venues, and probably has too much talent for the still-rebuilding Mountaineers.


    BAYLOR
    7-0 / 4-0
    vs. Oklahoma
    Thu 11/7
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Baylor’s offense leads the NCAA in total offense (718.4), passing offense (417,3), scoring (63.9), pass efficiency (207.1) and passing yards/cmp (19.6).

    Baylor is 11-1 in the months of November and December since 2011 (7-1 in November and 4-0 in December).


    IOWA STATE
    1-7 / 0-5
    vs. TCU
    Sat 11/9
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports Net
    LB Jeremiah George has recorded 10+ tackles in seven consecutive games, and 10 times in his career.

    Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp has had 92 career punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.


    KANSAS
    2-6 / 0-5
    at Oklahoma St
    Sat 11/9
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    HB James Sims moved into third place on the Kansas career rushing chart with 3,119 yards.

    S Isaiah Johnson had the first multiple interception game of his career as he grabbed an interception on Texas’ first possession of the game and had a second pick in the fourth quarter.


    KANSAS STATE
    4-4 / 2-3
    at Texas Tech
    Sat 11/9
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    ABC
    WR Tyler Lockett notched 72 receiving yards against ISU. He moved into the school’s top five for receptions and yards by a junior as he now has 44 receptions for 658 yards in eight games this year.

    RB John Hubert rushed 15 times for 105 yards - including a K-State season-long 54-yard rush and two touchdowns.


    OKLAHOMA
    7-1 / 4-1
    at Baylor
    Thu 11/7
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Head Coach Bob Stoops has 156 career victories, needing one more win to tie Barry Switzer (157) for the most in Oklahoma history.

    OU is ninth in the FBS in total defense (314.3 ypg) and pass defense (179.5 ypg). The Sooners are 14th in the nation in scoring defense at 18.8 ppg.


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    7-1 / 4-1
    vs. Kansas
    Sat 11/9
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    Shaun Lewis has 14 takeaways in his career - eight interceptions and six fumble recoveries. He has also forced six fumbles.

    Clint Chelf’s 67-yard touchdown run was the longest carry by an Oklahoma State quarterback since Brent Blackman’s 72-yarder in 1972.


    TEXAS
    6-2 / 5-0
    at West Virginia
    Sat 11/9
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    Chris Whaley is the first defensive tackle in school history to have two defensive touchdowns in the same season. He scored on a 40-yard fumble return against Kansas and had a 31-yard interception return against Oklahoma.

    Malcolm Brown had a career-high four rushing touchdowns.


    TCU
    3-6 / 1-5
    at Iowa State
    Sat 11/9
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    Fox Sports Net
    Quarterback Casey Pachall made his first start since Sept. 7. He set career highs with his 40 completions and 58 attempts.

    Trevone Boykin, who entered the game with five receptions, had a career-high 11 catches. It was the most receptions by a TCU player since 1995.


    TEXAS TECH
    7-2 / 4-2
    vs. Kansas St.
    Sat 11/9
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    ABC
    Jace Amaro had career highs in receptions (15) and yards (174) in the OSU game. He has four-straight 100-yard receiving games.

    The attendance of 61,836 was a Jones AT&T Stadium record, surpassing the previous record of 60,997 set earlier this season.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    4-5 / 2-4
    vs. Texas
    Sat 11/9
    7:00 PM E / 6:00 PM C
    FOX
    K Josh Lambert equaled his career-best with three field goals, including the game winner in overtime at TCU. He also kicked three field goals in West Virginia’s victory over Oklahoma State.

    Charles Sims finished with a season-best 154 yards rushing on a season-high 24 attempts.



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