22 October 2010
The Big 12 slate has some huge games this week, highlighted by OU at Mizzou and Nebraska at Oklahoma State. The game at Missouri is important for many reasons, as an OU win would be huge for their Big 12 and BCS Title Game aspirations, and a Missouri win would finally put them on the national radar and keep them in the driver's seat for a Big 12 North title. It is also important for Texas, as Oklahoma needs to lose two conference games for Texas to have a shot at a Big 12 Championship game berth.
A full Texas vs. Iowa State preview will be up this afternoon, but for now let's get straight to the predictions for the rest of the league.
(Last Week: 4-2)
Saturday, October 23:
Texas Tech (3-3, 1-3) at Colorado (3-3, 0-2)
This will be a battle of two struggling teams in conference looking to get on track. Colorado is better at home than on the road, and you never know what you're going to get from either of these teams. When the dust settles I expect Tech to eek this one out.
Final Score: Texas Tech 31, Colorado 27
#22 Kansas State (5-1, 2-1) at Baylor (5-2, 2-1)
This could be one of the better games of the day in the Big 12. Kansas State will be looking to keep things rolling after their drubbing of Kansas, while Baylor looks to run their conference record to 3-1 as they have a shot at their best season since joining the Big 12. This one should be close, but I expect the Bears to pull this one out after another huge game from Robert Griffin.
Final Score: Baylor 30, Kansas State 28
#16 Nebraska (5-1, 1-1) at #14 Oklahoma State (6-0, 2-0)
2:30 PM ABC
In one of the league's two marquee match-ups this week, Nebraska looks to rebound after their crushing loss to the Longhorns last Saturday, while Oklahoma State tries to stay undefeated. The Cowboys will try to follow the formula for stopping Nebraska: sell out on the run to stop Taylor Martinez. They will do a decent job, but expect the Husker receivers to actually catch balls this week to loosen things up a bit for the run game. Okie State will put their fair share of points on the board, but Nebraska wins this one.
Final Score: Nebraska 31, Oklahoma State 27
Texas A&M (3-3, 0-2) at Kansas (2-4, 0-2)
Both of these teams are winless in conference, and since the game is not on TV the Aggies might actually play well. I expect A&M to take out their frustrations in a big way on the Jayhawks Saturday night.
Final Score: Texas A&M 38, Kansas 16
#1 Oklahoma (6-0, 2-0) at #11 Missouri (6-0, 2-0)
7:00 PM ABC
This is one of the marquee games in the entire country this week, a match-up of two teams that I've had serious doubts about all season. Is Oklahoma really one of the best teams in the country? Is Missouri and their highly ranked defense for real? I think in the end Missouri wins this one. The Tigers will prove against the BCS #1 ranked Sooners that yes, they are pretty dang good football team, while the OU secondary shows that that they aren't quite ready for prime time.
Final Score: Missouri 34, Oklahoma 27
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