It’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ok are we good? Got it all out of the way?
It’s the last week for the current Big XII conference and while we’re excited for the additions in 2023, let’s give it one last go for our 10 teams in 2022. TCU has locked up their conference championship spot but if they want to go to the playoffs they’ll need to beat Iowa State. Kansas State just needs to win and they’re also on to Arlington, but those Jayhawks stand in their way. Texas has an outside shot but they have to take care of Baylor first. Elsewhere, West Virginia travels to Stillwater and the Sooners travel to Lubbock. For the last time this year, let’s talk Big XII.
IOWA STATE at #4 TCU (SAT, 3:00 PM CST, FOX)
Ok seriously, what is in the water in Ft. Worth? Another week and another ridiculous ending where the Horned Frogs pull victory from jaws defeat. It came at a cost though. Kendre Miller, Derius Davis, and Quentin Johnston are all battling injuries.
Frog fans. Thoughts?
TCU fans are feeling confident and see Iowa State as merely a speedbump.
They’re far more focused on who they have to face next week, but opinions are split.
The Cyclones are coming off a loss against Texas Tech. Iowa State is 1-7 in conference play and the fans in Ames are just happy this season is coming to an end. They aren’t too confident in their last matchup.
What the Cyclone faithful are confident about is firing OC Tom Manning.
We’ll see what happens after Saturday. TCU is a 10 point favorite at home.
KANSAS at #12 KANSAS STATE (SAT, 7:00 PM CST, FOX)
It’s time for the Sunflower Showdown and Kansas State has won the last 13 games in the series. But this is also the first time Kansas has had a good football team in 14 years.
Wildcats are confident even with a lot on the line.
With Will Howard at QB and Deuce Vaughn at RB K State fans should be confident. They know they’re going to win this one big.
Jayhawk fans have different opinions on Will Howard.
As for the KU running defense though…
To be fair, having to deal with Bijan Robinson and Deuce Vaughn in back to back weeks does seem to violate the 8th Amendment’s promise from cruel and unusual punishment.
But hey, if you can’t stop them from scoring, just try and outscore them and keep their offense off the field.
As for predictions…not great, Bob.
Kansas State is giving up 12 points to the Jayhawks in the battle for the Sunflower State.
BAYLOR at #23 TEXAS (FRI, 11:00 AM CST, ESPN)
Alright Texas, you did it, you beat Kansas. No memes for at least another year. Give yourself a hand and a pat on the back.
Texas relied on Bijan Robinson last week, and there’s no secret that this will likely be the last game Number 5 suits up in the Burnt Orange for the home crowd.
Any keys to this game against Baylor?
Hard hitting stuff.
Texas fans are confident and think they’ll run away with this one.
The Baylor Bears are coming off a heartbreaking loss to TCU and fans are split on whether it’s Blake Shapen’s fault or the coaches’ fault but neither is good.
As for the game in Austin, Baylor fans are predicting a win.
Texas is giving up 8 and the hook in their final home game of the year.
WEST VIRGINIA at OKLAHOMA STATE (SAT, 11:00 AM CST, ESPN2)
The Mountaineers are traveling to Stillwater this week after a tough fought loss against Kansas State. There’s turmoil all over the place with the Mountaineers, from the coaches to players, even the administration.
As for Neal Brown? His fate is sealed, it’s just a matter of when.
Will they have an AD? And if they do, who will it be?
And even if the AD gets settled, and the new coach gets hired, who will they coach?
Let’s just say the fans aren’t feeling good about the matchup with the Cowboys.
As for those Cowboys from Oklahoma State, they aren’t feeling great after losing yet another matchup in Bedlam.
But don’t you think for one second those Pokes fan aren’t confident about a win over West Virginia.
Oklahoma State is -8.5 at home against the Mountaineers.
OKLAHOMA at TEXAS TECH (SAT, 6:30 PM CST, FS1)
On the other side of that Bedlam matchup, the Sooners are coming off a big win. Beating your in-state rival every year never gets old does it?
The Oklahoma defense was a big part of that win and fans are quite happy with Ted Roof.
We’ve come a long way since TCU and Texas haven’t we?
As for the matchup with the Red Raiders, the good vibes just keep on rolling. Right?
The Red Raiders are now bowl eligible after beating the Cyclones in a surprisingly low scoring game. It’s a party in Lubbock.
The Lubbock faithful are excited to host the Sooners and they have thoughts on the home environment.
How do we get a crowd like that? The message board geniuses have ideas.
Being drunk always helped me deal with the Sooners. But the bigger concern might be the Raider fans staying the whole game.
Fan opinion is split on this one.
The Sooners are a small favorite, 2 points, on the road in Lubbock.