Big 12 Preview: Week Fourteen

Big 12 Preview: Week Fourteen

Half of the teams in Big 12 football action this week are just playing out the string, but the other four are still jockeying for bowl position and a possible conference title.

FEW REVERSALS

With just six games remaining in the conference season, the league reports an all-time low of only six coaches' challenges to calls on the field. Only one of those has resulted in a reversal.


NOT A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER

For the third consecutive year since the Big 12 began round-robin play, the team that was undefeated in conference play and the Big 12's highest-ranked BCS team has fallen on the road the third weekend in November.

2013 -- No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State
2012 -- No. 1 K-State at Baylor
2011 -- No. 2 Oklahoma State at Iowa State


ROTATING COMMANDERS

Big 12 teams have used 19 different starters at quarterback this year. Six of those starters are freshmen. Only two teams (Baylor and K-State) have used the same starter throughout the season.


PICKS

  • Texas Tech's indecisveness at quarterback will be the difference in its trip to Ausin, where the Longhorns are still holding out hopes of a leage title. Texas gets the nod.

  • Kansas started a new conference losing streak, and extends it to two when K-State visits on Saturday.

  • TCU doesn't have the personnel on either side of the ball to take advantage of the few cracks in the Baylor fortress. The Bears tune up on the Frogs to prepare for the finale at Texas next week.

  • Last year, West Virginia had to beat Iowa State to get to a minor bowl that it showed very little interest in. This year, the Mountaineers don't even have that small bit of motivation. The Cyclones get the call on the road.


    BAYLOR
    9-1 / 6-1
    at TCU
    Sat 11/30
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ESPN2
    QB Bryce Petty completed 28-of-48 passes against Oklahoma State (both career highs) for 359 yards and 2 TDs. He's thrown for 200+ yards and at least 2 TDs in all 10 career starts.

    With 118 receiving yards, WR Antwan Goodley moved into third place on the Baylor all-time single-season receiving yards list (1,193).


    IOWA STATE
    2-9 / 1-7
    at West Virginia
    Sat 11/30
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    Iowa State notched its first shutout since Sept. 25, 2010 (27-0 vs. UNI), and its first shutout in conference play since Sept. 29, 2001 (41-0 vs. Baylor).

    Saturday's kickoff temperature of eight degrees was the lowest gametime temperature in Iowa State football history.


    KANSAS
    3-8 / 1-7
    vs Kansas St
    Sat 11/30
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    Senior HB James Sims' 114-yard rushing game pushed him over 1,000 yards this season, making him the first player in Kansas history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.

    Sophomore LB Jake Love collected a career-high 13 tackles against Iowa State, topping his previous record of 12 last season against Oklahoma State.


    KANSAS STATE
    6-5 / 4-4
    at Kansas
    Sat 11/30
    12:00 PM E / 11:00 AM C
    FOXSports1
    WR Tyler Lockett made 12 receptions for 278 yards and 3 TDs. He broke the single-game school record for receiving yards, topping his own mark of 237 at Texas earlier this year.

    RB John Hubert rushed 9 times for 17 yards. He moved into fourth place in school history with 553 rushing attempts, passing Daniel Thomas (2009-10; 545).


    OKLAHOMA
    9-2 / 6-2
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 12/7
    at Oklahoma St
    Head Coach Bob Stoops recorded his 158th career win on Saturday to take sole possession of the all-time OU coaching wins record.

    Brennan Clay finished with a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 31 carries. His performance marked the most yards and carries by an OU player since DeMarco Murray went for 208 yards on 35 attempts against Utah State in 2010.


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    10-1 / 7-1
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Sat 12/7
    at Oklahoma
    Clint Chelf threw for a career-high 370 yards, his second career 300-yard game. His other career game throwing for 300 yards came against Baylor last season.

    Oklahoma State forced Baylor into four three-and-outs. Entering the game, the Bears had just seven three-and-outs, the fewest in the FBS.


    TEXAS
    7-3 / 6-1
    vs Texas Tech
    Thu 11/28
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Texas leads the all-time series against Texas Tech, 47-15. The Longhorns have won the last four games in the series, including 31-22 last season in Lubbock.

    Eight players have scored a receiving touchdown and seven via the ground this season.


    TCU
    4-7 / 2-6
    vs Baylor
    Sat 11/30
    3:30 PM E / 2:30 PM C
    ESPN2
    The upcoming game against Baylor is sold out, TCU's 16th sellout in its last 20 home games.

    Last year's 49-21 win over Baylor gave the Horned Frogs a 51-50-7 edge in the all-time series. With 108 games played between the schools, TCU has faced Baylor more than any other opponent in its history.


    TEXAS TECH
    7-4 / 4-4
    at Texas
    Thu 11/28
    7:30 PM E / 6:30 PM C
    FoxSports1
    Texas Tech fans helped set an average attendance record at Jones AT&T Stadium this year. Over the course of six games, Tech averaged 57,932 fans, surpassing the record of 57,215 set in 2012.

    Texas Tech boasts the nation's top passing offense as the Red Raiders average 400.2 yards per-game.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    4-7 / 2-6
    vs Iowa St
    Sat 11/30
    4:00 PM E / 3:00 PM C
    FOXSports1
    The Mountaineers have a total of 44 players with at least one game of starting experience.

    This will be the first time in 14 years of involvement with an FBS program that head coach Dana Holgorsen will not be coaching in a bowl game.

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