Big 12 Previews and Predictions for Week 7
Big 12 Previews and Predictions for Week 7
The thick of the Big 12 Conference college football season has arrived, as the Week 7 slate is full of interesting matchups across the schedule. The West Virginia Mountaineers and Oklahoma State Cowboys have bye weeks. West Virginia was blownout by the explosive Baylor Bears in Week 6, while the Cowboys eeked out a 4 point victory over the Kansas State Wildcats prior to a little bit of time off.
The premier matchup this Saturday is obviously the traditional Red River Shootout between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners, but not for the typical reasons. Texas is looking to avoid a fourth-straight loss to the Sooners, and Mack Brown's job literally hangs in the balance. Another blowout loss to Oklahoma, and he may not survive the rest of the season on the Forty Acres as the team's head coach.
The high-flying Baylor Bears are featured in the conference's 2nd most intriguing matchup as they take their explosive offense on the road to Manhattan to take on Bill Snyder's squad. Can Kansas State do anything to slow them down, or will Baylor show once again that they are among the nation's elite and should be among the top teams when the first BCS standings are released later this month?
Click through the next few slides to find out the Las Vegas lines, television times, and our breakdowns and predictions of all the matchups across the Big 12 Conference this Saturday!
TCU Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2) vs Kansas Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1)
Vegas Line:TCU is a 26 point favorite.
Television:12 NOON EASTERN FOX SPORTS 1
The Kansas Jayhawks make a trip down I-35 to take on the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth in the early game of the slate in the Big 12. Charlie Weis' squad limps into Cowtown following a 54-16 shellacking at home at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders last Saturday, and look lifeless and disorganized to put it lightly. The woeful Kansas offense has managed only 54 points in four games and don't promise to be much of a test for a TCU defense that did their part last Saturday against Oklahoma in spite of the team's tough 20-17 loss.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin is playing somewhat better in place of again injured starter Casey Pachall, and should be able to have his way both with his feet and through the air against a poor Kansas defense that's giving up 331.8 yards of total offense per contest. This one should be a snoozefest as the kickoff time would suggest.
Our Prediction: TCU wins easily without much challenge from a Kansas team that will finish dead last at the end of the conference season.
No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0) vs Iowa State Cyclones (1-3, 0-1)
Vegas Line:Texas Tech is a 14 point favorite.
Television:12 PM EASTERN FOX SPORTS 1
The much better of the two early matchups -- and the one most Big 12 fans will see -- involves the undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones, who have stumbled out of the gate so far in 2013. Following a controversial last-second loss to the Texas Longhorns in Week 6, Paul Rhoades' squad is sure to have a chip on their shoulder as they arrive in Lubbock, but it'll take a perfect storm for them to escape with a win.
Kliff Kingsbury has the Red Raiders playing at a high level, as the nation's 3rd best passing offense (407.6 yards per game) is a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators. Tech is averaging 41.8 points per game (good for 20th in the country) and will be looking for a QB to step up in the absence of sudden phenom Baker Mayfield due to injury. Fellow freshman Davis Webb should get the start and will more than likely not miss a beat.
For Iowa State to have a chance at victory on Saturday, they'll need much of the same momentum which kept them in the game against Texas, and must get a few early game stops to keep a big lead from turning into an uphill battle. There's definitely a big mountain for them to climb in Week 7.
Our Prediction: The 14 point line isn't nearly enough as Tech wins with ease.
No. 15 Baylor Bears (4-0, 1-0) vs Kansas State Wildcats (2-3, 0-2)
Vegas Line:Baylor is a 17 point favorite.
Television:3:30 PM EASTERN FOX SPORTS
The No. 15 Baylor Bears take a trip north to the Little Apple on Saturday afternoon for a matchup will Bill Snyder's 2-3 Kansas State Wildcats. Art Briles has crafted the nation's best offense, one that is averaging a whopping 779.6 yards of total offense and 70.5 points per game as they have ritually slaughtered everyone they've encountered to this point in 2013. There's some debate about whether the Bears belong among the conversation of the nation's elite, but that conversation promises to become more one-sided as the weeks pass and Baylor continues to light up scoreboards across the Big 12.
The Kansas State Wildcats, on the other hand, are struggling to find an identity without last season's Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein at quarterback. They're middling in basically every category on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. In short, they're one of the more average teams of Bill Snyder's tenure, and average just won't cut it against this Baylor team.
Our Prediction: Baylor lights up the scoreboard again and moves to a clean 5-0.
Texas Longhorns (3-2, 2-0) vs No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0)
Vegas Line:Oklahoma is a 14 point favorite.
Television:12 NOON EASTERN ON ABC
The No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners enter the Red River Shootout this Saturday riding high on the back of a 5-0 record, the most recent victory being the most hard-fought so far over the TCU Horned Frogs. Junior quarterback Blake Bell has silenced the doubters who raised concerns about his passing ability, and has taken charge of an Oklahoma offense which has shown nice balance to compliment the nation's 6th best defense.
There's been plenty of narrative already about the importance of this game for the Texas Longhorns and Mack Brown, so I'll spare you too many details. In short, this is the biggest of the must-win games Brown has experienced in his tenure, for a variety of reasons. A fourth-consecutive loss to Oklahoma could well mean the beginning of the end of his career in Austin, and would also mean a senior class would leave campus without ever beating Oklahoma. Not good on either account.
Texas has their backs against the wall and won't go down without some heavy punches here, fake heart or not.
Our Prediction: Texas puts up the good fight, but can't come through in the end.