Welp, being a big dummy most of the time and in particular this week, I forgot to post my picks before the Thursday night clash between K-State and West Virginia. I had planned to pick K-State, and they did win 26-20, but in the spirit of all honesty, I expected them to win by much more, a la 38-27 or something like that. So I’m counting that a victory.
There’re also some rumblings that Mason Rudolph might start for the Pokes on Saturday, which I’m happy about–but Lord help us, with the way things are going.
Pressed for time this evening (heading to a reading in Perkins), so these’ll be brief.
Last week: 1-2 (.333)
Overall: 49-13 (.790)
Kansas 21, No. 21 Oklahoma 34. Oklahoma played much better than I thought they would against Tech, especially considering Cody Thomas was making his first career start behind center. However, before the Sooners went almost exclusively to the ground game in the second half, things looked pretty grim for OU, as Thomas threw three first-half interceptions. OU should handle the Jayhawks fairly easily this weekend in Norman, but Kansas is strongest on D against the run, which could make things interesting.
Texas Tech 34, Iowa State 37. While Tech has to be feeling at least slightly encouraged by their good showing against OU, Iowa State has had the past two weeks to think about the fact that Kansas beat them by twenty points the last time they suited up. The last two matchups between these two teams were close ones both won by Tech, 42-35 and 24-13 in 2013 and 2012. The last time ISU beat the Red Raiders it was in Lubbock, a 41-7 face stomping that didn’t help endear Tech fans to then-coach Tommy Tuberville. Look for the Cyclones in a close one this weekend.
No. 7 Baylor 56, Oklahoma State 10. I so very badly want to predict this game will be closer, but have no solid reason to do so. I thought the Pokes would show some signs of life against Texas last week, even in the freezing cold for the entire fucking four quarters of the 28-7 ball game to wait and see if they would, in fact, prove that they had some spark, but there was no such luck. There are rumors that Rudolph will start next week. Like I said, I hope he does. A new QB might bring some life to the offense, but I’m not going to expect much. Still, Baylor often does bring out the best in us (see last year’s 49-17 smackdown), and OSU is 16-3 against the Bears since the founding of the Big 12 back in ’96.