Big 12 Football Weekend Preview: Week 13

By Mike Atkinson

Can you believe it’s week 13 of the college football season already? I wouldn’t if I hadn’t seen it myself.

This season is flying by, most likely because we’re all having fun; at least that’s what I was always taught growing up. Bad jokes aside, it’s time for my weekly Big XII preview.

Week 13 of the Big XII schedule features a Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Texas Christian Horned Frogs and the No. 16 Texas Longhorns.

It also hosts a Friday Night game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Iowa State Cyclones.

In addition, it features the Baylor Bears, who are coming off of upsetting the number one team in the nation. They are traveling to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Lastly, week 13 renews an in-state rivalry between the No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys and the No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners.

My predictions:

TCU (6-4, 3-4 Big XII) at No. 16 Texas (8-2, 5-2 Big XII)

TCU is coming off of a bye week, after losing to the No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats. They’ve had an extra week to prepare for the Longhorns, but are still a relatively young team with a lot of injuries.

Texas is coming off of a rout against Iowa State, and is riding a four game winning streak.

I have Texas winning 35-21.

WVU (5-5, 2-5 Big XII) vs. Iowa State (6-5, 3-5 Big XII)

I have written an in-depth preview for this game, which can be found (HERE).

WVU is riding a five game losing streak, and just lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in about the worst way possible. All life looked to be stripped away from WVU in that game.

Iowa State is coming off of a blowout win against the Kansas Jayhawks, and enters the game with a better record than the Mountaineers.

WVU is not going to lose six straight games. It looked strong last week against Oklahoma and wide receiver/tailback Tavon Austin will be too much for the Cyclones to handle.

WVU wins 42-24.

Baylor (5-5, 2-5 Big XII) vs. Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4 Big XII)

Baylor is back on the road after playing spoiler to the Wildcats dream season, upsetting the number one team last week. They haven’t looked very impressive up to that point though, losing five of their previous six games, with their only win coming against Kansas, a team that is winless in the conference.

Texas Tech, led by quarterback Seth Doege is coming off of a big loss to No. 24 OSU. It is currently 2-3 in its last five games, with wins against No. 23 TCU in three overtimes, and Kansas.

I think Baylor has more momentum at the moment, and will pull a bit of an upset in Lubbock, 42-35.

No. 21 Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2 Big XII) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big XII)

Oklahoma State is entering Saturday’s game after a big win against Texas Tech. The Cowboys only have two losses in their last seven games and one was against No. 2 Kansas State. Aside from that loss, the Cowboys have not lost since September 29against No. 12 Texas.

Oklahoma won against WVU in Morgantown last week, but barely. The Sooners survived a close one, taking the lead very late in the game to win. In my opinion Oklahoma probably should consider themselves lucky to escape with a win considering the way they played.

I think Oklahoma is the much better team right now. Quarterback Landry Jones has looked great throwing the ball all year, and backup quarterback Blake Bell is used to run draws out of the backfield. Together, these two have created a tough duo for opposing defenses to stop this season.

Oklahoma wins 54-42.

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