This week in the conference where “every game matters” we have one game with playoff implications, three games that could help teams reach the conference championship, and one game where we just hope West Virginia and Iowa State have fun. Here’s your Week 10 preview of all things Big 12.
TEXAS TECH at #7 TCU (11 AM CST, FOX)
Texas Tech travels to TCU this week looking to play spoiler to the Horned Frogs’ playoff dreams.
TCU is hoping to hold off a Red Raiders squad before it has to go on the road and play Texas and Baylor in back to back weeks. Fans in Fort Worth seem confident.
Tech meanwhile is hoping to forget everything that happened in Lubbock last week. Which QB will play is anyone’s guess, but does it matter with their O-Line?
The line opened at TCU -10.
TEXAS at #13 KANSAS STATE (6 PM CST, FS1)
The Longhorns are back after the bye and traveling to Manhattan, Kansas to take on a surging Wildcats team. Hopes are alive for the Texas faithful, even false hope.
Kansas State is coming off an absolutely dominant win over Oklahoma State. The line opened as pick’em but has moved to Texas -2.5 with some early action, but these Wildcat fans are just happy for the free money.
This one is big for fans of both teams as the winner will likely take 2nd place in the conference standings, or at the very least hold important tiebreakers in the standings.
#18 OKLAHOMA STATE at KANSAS (2:30 CST, FS1)
Oklahoma State may still be licking its wounds after last week’s showing. Injuries in some key positions certainly didn’t help, but losing 48-0 is bad no matter how you spin it.
They’ll look to rebound against a Jayhawks team that is fighting for its first bowl eligible season since the 2008 Insight/Buffalo Wild Wings/Ticketcity/Motel6/Cheez-It/Guaranteed Rate Bowl. But Jayhawks fans have some confidence.
The line here is Oklahoma State -3.5.
OKLAHOMA at BAYLOR (2:00 CST, ESPN+)
Both the Bears and Sooners are sitting at 5-3 as they face off in Norman, Oklahoma.
The calls for Brent Venables head seemed to have quieted down after holding Iowa State to 13 points and forcing three turnovers and two turnovers on downs.
Baylor is also coming into this matchup off a big win, 45-17 on the road in Lubbcok, but fans are a little more cautious facing a better QB.
One team is bound to have a letdown game, but which one? Oklahoma is the favorite at home, -3.5.
WEST VIRGINIA at IOWA STATE (2:30 CST, BIG 12 NETWORK/ESPN+)
The Mountaineers at 1-4 in conference go on the road to face the Cyclones who are 0-5 in conference. Both teams are probably better than those records suggest, but such is life in the Big 12.
CJ Donaldson returned from a scary injury against Texas in Week 5, and looked good doing it against Tech and TCU in back to back weeks. Unfortunately, he suffered another injury and after surgery on Tuesday, Coach Neal Brown has ruled him out for the rest of the season. Mountaineer fans won’t be happy to hear that, but they already weren’t happy going into a matchup with the Cyclones.
Iowa State will look to rely on Xavier Hutchinson versus a Mountaineers defense that is ranked 122nd in passing yards allowed. Even mediocre would be enough for the Cyclone faithful.
Iowa State is a 7-point favorite at home for anyone who needs a reason to watch but doesn’t have a rooting interest .