Thursday, November 15, 2012

Around the Big 12: Week 12

I'm sure most of you were disappointed in Saturday's result vs. K State as much as I was, but we'd all be kidding ourselves if the end result of that game shocked us.  In fact, our defense played even better than I thought they would.  As for what took place in the rest of the Big 12 last weekend, things were pretty chalk except for the unsuspecting thriller in Lubbock.  Texas rolled over an offensively challenged Iowa State team 33-7 that included a pretty awesome Darrell Royal Wishbone tribute throwback pass play.  Don't look now, but the Horns appear to be clicking.  Let's hope that doesn't continue.  Okie State rolled WVU behind Clint Chelf's 4 TD's in his first career start, winning 55-34.  WVU- woof.  Speaking of woof- Baylor fell to 1-5 in conference play despite a hard fought effort in Norman, 42-34.  If I were Art Briles and I got some phone calls this offseason, I'd listen VERY carefully.  #BaylorbeingBaylor.  And of course, in a game I didn't get to see the end of thanks to the happenings at Amon G., Tech outlasted hapless Kansas 41-34 in 2 OT's.  Kansas, poor Kansas, is now 0-6 in the Big 12, but it's not for a lack of trying.  Man, I wish they'd beat Tommy Tuberville and his idiotic rage fits.  I also wish we had beat Tech, because they really aren't very good, like at all.  I guess I picked all the games right last week, although the scores weren't really that close.  Obviously TCU and Texas don't play this week, but the rest of the conference does including some key match ups for teams trying to get bowl eligible.

#23 Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3) @ #24 Oklahoma State (6-3, 4-2) - Saturday, 2:30pm, FSN

One of these teams does not deserve to be ranked, and they will not be after this week.  I'll give you a hint:  it's the team that got taken to the brink against KU at home.  This could be more interesting than it should be if Clint Chelf gets the start again for Okie State.  It's still uncertain who the starter will be, but Chelf surely gained quite a bit of confidence by torching WVU last Saturday.  WVU and Baylor are in this conference for 1 reason it would appear:  to inspire confidence in inexperienced QB with horrid defensive play.  Wes Lunt is recovering from a concussion, so his status is iffy.  However, the Tech D which was so highly touted after the first few weeks in the season has really gone downhill since that triple-OT game in FW.  Maybe they're tired.  Maybe they just aren't that good.  I think Okie State takes this game with ease, thanks to a stellar defense and home-field advantage.  Final Score:  OSU 44 - Tech 24.

#12 Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1) @ West Virginia (5-4, 2-4) - Saturday, 6pm, FOX

West Virginia, once the runaway favorites in the early part of this season to win the Big 12, tries for like the 18th weekend in a row to get bowl eligible.  Maybe it will be pretty rowdy under the lights in the dump that is Morgantown, but most likely it won't matter.  I don't see how WVU can stop anyone, and I think OU still plays hard holding out some glimmer of hope that they can win the Big 12, and if not that then at least get a BCS at large bid.  Both teams with a lot to play for here, but one is just far and away better than the other.  Geno Smith and the methed out crowd keep it closer than it should be, but WVU's lousy defense lets them down in the 4th.  Final Score:  OU 50 - WVU 42.

Iowa State (5-5, 2-5) @ Kansas (1-9, 0-7), Saturday, 6pm, FSN

It's hard to say that a 1-9 team is the most improved team in a conference, but I think that might be the case here.  Kansas is giving everyone in their path a run for their money, and should've come up with wins against both Tech and Texas.  However, they're still 0-fer in conference play, and they are facing a well coached Paul Rhoads team who knows this is probably their last shot to get bowl eligible this season.  A must win for the Cyclones vs. a really want to win for the Jayhawks.  Give me Iowa State here on the road to get bowl eligible, because college basketball has started and Kansas no longer gives a shit at all about football.  In fact, Charlie Weis might be spotted inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse wolfing down a churro and some nachos at kickoff of this one.  Final Score:  ISU 19- KU 9 in what is likely to be the ugliest Big 12 game of the year. 

#1 Kansas State (10-0, 7-0) @ Baylor (4-5, 1-5), Saturday, 7pm, ESPN

Congrats to Baylor on landing a HUGE late season ESPN game!  I'm sure if you had told Baylor fans this was the case before the season, they would've told you it's because Nick Florence was on his way to NYC to battle Collin Klein for the Heisman, and that the Bears and Wildcats were going to be battling for conference supremacy.  Instead, it's because Klein and the Wildcats looks to be an unstoppable force on a crash course for the national title game, and Baylor is barely treading water needing to win 2 of their last 3 to get bowl eligible.  Bad news Bears- your next 3 opponents are ALL ranked.  Good news everyone else, looks like Baylor is going to be where they belong during bowl season- at home.  Not a chance in Hell Baylor pulls the upset here.  See, K State doesn't make mistakes, and Baylor doesn't stop anyone.  I'm pretty sure if Collin Klein and the Wildcats wanted to, they could possess the ball for the entire first half, but that would mean Baylor would have to tackle which is something they haven't done yet this year.  I'm sure there will be a great game on somewhere on Saturday night, but this most certainly won't be it.  Final Score:  KSU 58 - Baylor 17.

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