Last week was probably the most ho-hum slate of games imaginable–which was actually good, because my friend Tyson was in from Seattle. Better matchups this week!
Bonus prediction: if No. 6 Texas A&M somehow beats No. 1 Alabama this week–no matter what the score–Bama won’t fall lower than No. 6 in the AP poll. And A&M will get at least No. 1 vote.
Last week: 2-2 (.500)
Overall: 31-14 (.688)
Oklahoma State 35, Kansas 20. OSU’s last two trips to Lawrence have been pretty scary, scraping by 27-20 in 2012 and 20-14 in 2014, in a game that presaged a six-game losing streak for the Pokes that year. The Jayhawks once again almost managed to knock off TCU a couple weeks ago, falling 23-24. After having had a week off one hopes the Pokes will be prepared, but with the way that Gundy’s teams have been playing down to their opponents lately, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if this game isn’t over until the fourth quarter.
Texas 24, Kansas State 28. The Longhorns have only won twice in Manhattan in the entire history of this series, with the last victory coming in 2002, which kind of baffles the mind. Sure, they’ve only played sixteen times total, but for a school like Texas–with its tradition and history–to have had that much trouble says something about the power of the great Bill Snyder.
TCU 27, No. 12 West Virginia 34. It was good to see WVU finally get some love in the national media this past week, finally moving up to No. 12 in the AP poll. They’re still the lowest ranked undefeated P5 school in country, a fact that is emblematic of the struggle the Big 12 has had this year to maintain credibility. But you also can’t ignore the fact that West Virginia has it’s been quite awhile since WVU was relevant on the national scene. They sure looked nasty last week against Tech, bruising their way to a commanding 48-17 victory, holding Tech under 50 points at home for the first time in nine games. At this point the Mountaineers are the Big 12’s best hope for a shot at the CFP.
No. 16 Oklahoma 56, Texas Tech 53. Tech may not have beaten OU in Lubbock since Mike Leach was last patrolling the Red Raider sideline, and Tech may somehow have its worst defense of all time–they’re giving up 53.3 points-per-game to P5 opponents not named KU–but I have a funny feeling that they’re gonna give OU a hell of a time this weekend. After taking such a sound licking from WVU last weekend, Kingsbury should have his team’s attention. Nighttime in Lubbock is not generally hospitable to visitors, and it doesn’t help that the Sooners’ secondary is its weakest link.