Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Around the Big 12: Week 11

While last week was quite a thriller for the Frogs in Morgantown, the excitement was few and far between in the remainder of the conference battles.  OU knocked of Iowa State in a 35-20 battle behind a 4 TD game from the hot/cold Landry Jones.  Baylor smoked Kansas 41-14 in the battle for who sucks the least.  Sadly I was wrong on my upset prediction there and Baylor will not go winless in the Big 12.  Kansas, however, most likely will.  Our next opponent, Kansas State, took care of business at home against Okie State in a 44-30 victory.  The obvious question there is the health of Collin Klein's head.  Or wrist.  Or head.  Whatever, Bill Snyder is being GP-style shady about that injury and I can't blame him.  In a game that I half-assed watched while watching TCU, Texas knocked off the mighty Red Raiders, although my score prediction of 84-2 was incorrect for the second weekend in a row.  Mack Brown and the Horns might have been the beneficiaries of some more generous calls, but realistically Tech just got beat by what looked like a better Texas team.  Texas remains the biggest enigma in the conference to this point.

This week, obviously the big matchup is here in Fort Worth, but the other 8 teams are in action as well this weekend.  Let's see what there is to watch before the blackout game Saturday night.  

Iowa State (5-4, 2-4) @ #17 Texas (7-2, 4-2) - Saturday, 11am, Longhorn Network

If you hate seeing Texas inexplicably move up in the polls every week like I do, then pull for the Cyclones to become bowl eligible in Austin this weekend.  If you'd like Texas to sit at 8-2 when the Horned Frogs come to town and be a top 15 team, keep pulling for the Horns to win games despite their mediocre play.  The UT defense looked A LOT better last week against Tech, but David Ash still can't be counted on week in and week out.  I don't think Iowa State has the firepower to pull the upset in Austin on DeLoss Dodds TV, but you never know.  I think the Horns roll in this one and are riding high coming into their Thanksgiving night matchup with the Frogs.  Final Score:  Texas 37 - ISU 21.

Kansas (1-8, 0-6) @ Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3) - Saturday, 11am, FSN

Tech did not look very sharp last week against UT as mentioned earlier, and Kansas got drilled in the struggle for dead last in Waco.  Will anybody watch this game?  I sure as hell won't.  Poor, poor KU.  Don't worry folks in Lawrence, basketball season is just around the corner.  I'm not even going to pretend to break this game down nor pretend to care about this one.  Final Score:  Tech 52 - Kansas 17.

West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) @ Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2) - Saturday, 2:30pm, ABC

Despite the loss to K State last weekend, these appear to be 2 teams headed in completely different directions.  Right when it looked like WVU was unstoppable, they reeled off 3 consecutive losses and aren't who everyone thought they were.  Oklahoma State seems to be growing up and hitting their stride, especially offensively behind Wes Lunt, and with home field advantage here I don't expect them to falter.  Despite all of the injuries and adversity TCU has faced, it looks like the move to the Big 12 has been tougher on the Mountaineers.  I don't see how WVU will be able to stop a very, very balanced Okie State squad.  On the flip side of that, Geno Smith is nowhere near what we thought he was earlier in the season.  If they have any chance, they should just get the ball to Tavon Austin as much as possible.  I don't think it happens though.  Final Score:  OSU 40 - WVU 31.  

Baylor (4-4, 1-4) @ #12 Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1) - Saturday, 2:30pm, FSN

I don't want Baylor getting bowl eligible.  I want a mass exodus of Baylor recruits, and the easiest way for that to happen would be for them to not go bowling.  Us kicking their ass in Waco definitely helped expedite that process, but if they could keep stumbling to the finish line I'd really appreciate it.  OU comes back to the scene of the crime that was the meltdown against Notre Dame, and I'm sure their home crowd will be rowdy in hopes that they can still win the Big 12 (with a little help from their friends in Fort Worth and Austin).  This game is just a clear mismatch to me.  OU plays pretty solid defense, even in their 2 losses this year. Baylor, as mentioned time and time again, plays no defense.  Don't let holding Kansas to 14 points fool you.  It's Kansas.  Landry Jones and The Belldozer should have a fun Saturday afternoon gutting that pathetic defense to pieces for a few hours.  I'm sure Florence, Williams, and Co. will put a few points on the board, but will they get ANY stops against OU?  I wouldn't bet on it.  I think this legitimately has a chance to be one of the biggest blowouts in the Big 12 this season.  Final Score:  OU 66 - Baylor 17.  

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