Big 12: Weekend Preview Week 11

By Mike Atkinson

Week 11 is here, which means it’s time for my Big XII weekend predictions, but first, let’s take a look at how last week’s prediction turned out.

I correctly picked the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners to beat the Iowa State Cyclones.

I incorrectly picked the No. 21 West Virginia Mountaineers to beat the Texas Christian Horned Frogs.

I correctly picked the Baylor Bears to beat the Kansas Jayhawks.

I incorrectly picked the No. 18 Texas Tech Red Raiders to beat the No. 23 Texas Longhorns.

Lastly, I correctly picked the No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats to beat the No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys.

So I’m standing at a solid 3-2 with my Big XII picks this season.

Now, let’s move to week 11.

Week 11 features a number of exciting Big XII matchups as several teams are looking to secure their sixth win of the season and lock up bowl eligibility.

The West Virginia Mountaineers will take on head coach Dana Holgorsen’s old team, the Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend in Stillwater, in a matchup between two 5-3 teams looking to clinch a bowl spot.

The Iowa State Cyclones also have a chance to become bowl eligible against the No. 17 Texas Longhorns. This will be a real test for the Cyclones and will prove if their 5-4 record is legitimate or not.

My predictions:

Iowa State at No. 17 Texas

Iowa State travels to Austin this week after giving the Sooners a good run for their money last week. The Cyclones are sitting at 5-4 and can become bowl eligible for consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004, when the Cyclones went 7-5 in 2004 and 2005.

The Longhorns are coming off of a win against  No. 18 Texas Tech. I feel like Iowa State is one of those teams that can bite any other conference opponent in an upset on any given week, but I think the Longhorns handle the Cyclones 28-13.

Kansas at No. 22 Texas Tech

Kansas is 1-8 and has not won a conference game this season. I don’t see that changing this week, as they are facing a tough Texas Tech team who is 6-3 on the season.

Texas Tech wins 42-7.

West Virginia at Oklahoma State

I wrote a detailed preview of this game which can be found HERE.

WVU has struggled as of late, losing three straight for the first time since 2005. They have looked bad defensively and slow offensively against teams much worse than OSU.

OSU enters the game with the number two total offense in college football and WVU will not be able to stop it in the least.

OSU wins 56-14.

Baylor at No. 12 Oklahoma

Baylor is sitting 4-4 (1-4 in the Big XII) after a fairly promising start. The only conference win Baylor has to this point is against the 1-7 Kansas Jayhawks who have not won a conference game this season.

Oklahoma is sitting pretty, with its only two losses coming against the now No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats and the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Oklahoma wins big 49-14.

No. 2 Kansas State at TCU

TCU is a beaten, bruised, injured team. It is led by a freshman QB who barely got past a struggling WVU team.

Kansas State is well on its way to its first national championship appearance in school history.

This one could get very ugly. Kansas State wins 63-7.

Those are my picks, thanks for reading.

Feel free to discuss them with me on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS.


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