On a time crunch this afternoon, so I’ll keep most of my commentary to the game picks themselves. This is a big time weekend for the conference race.
On to the picks.
Last week: 4-1 (.800)
Overall: 37-5 (.880)
No. 4 Baylor 52, West Virginia 45. Baylor ripped out a huge heartbreaker of a victory last week against TCU. If this were a night game in Morgantown, I’d have a hard time not going with the upset here. Neither team has much defense to speak of; I think Baylor overruns the ‘Neers in this one.
No. 14 Kansas State 27, No. 11 Oklahoma 21. OU managed to pull out the victory at the Cotton Bowl last week despite only gaining 29 total yards of offense in the first half against Texas. These two teams, however, seem to be heading in different directions. OU’s offense has looked progressively worse in the past two games, while Snyder’s squad seems only to be getting stronger. Trevor Knight’s struggles will continue this week–while Jake Waters makes the Sooner D look shoddy enough times for the K-State victory.
Kansas 24, Texas Tech 21. Upset special. KU came close last week against the Pokes, and it wasn’t an accident: their defense played extremely well, and they may have found their quarterback of the future in Michael Cummings. Unfortunately for Jayhawks, they don’t possess Tyreek Hill. Neither does Tech, however.
No. 15 Oklahoma State 36, No. 12 TCU 44. Lots of folks are picking TCU running away with this one, and look–I get it. OSU looked worse than awful last week, managing 62 yards of second half offense. If not for Tyreek Hill’s kickoff touchdown return, the Pokes are most likely sitting at 4-2 and in possession of the most embarrassing defeat of the year. I wonder, too, if such a thing had come to pass, if Mike Yurcich would’ve had a job to return to on Monday morning. Makes you wonder. It’s not that I think he’s entirely to blame–OSU’s offense line couldn’t block a pack of angry special needs third-graders in wheelchairs–but lordy lordy, the offense sucks right now. TCU on the other hand lost a game it absolutely should’ve won against Baylor, and will probably come out pissed-off. I don’t think the game will be quite as close as I’m predicting it–I give OSU a TD in garbage time–but Gundy-coached teams rarely get embarrassed against superior opponents, so I expect a decent showing out of the Pokes.
Iowa State 10, Texas 21. This game sounds about as exciting as watching a tired cowboy dig post holes on a cloudy day on a Fall afternoon. The Horns are getting better. Iowa State is Iowa State, and I guarantee you that if this game’s close late in the fourth quarter and a questionable play comes up for review, Texas’ll get the benefit of the doubt.