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Football in the Big XII: Week 9 Preview

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WVU upsets Baylor, K-State wins a thriller in Norman, Texas edges by Iowa State and TCU blows out OKST. Plus a we take a look at Week 9.

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: Baylor 27, West Virginia 41

Baylor came into Morgantown with a game up on the rest of the Big XII and the fell flat against an improved Mountaineer team. Baylor started off well, putting together 3 scoring drives in the 1st quarter. However, in the last 3 quarters, Baylor only scored twice. Bryce Petty and offense couldn't get going, having to punt the ball away 11 times and not converting on two 4th down plays. They got close to field goal range several times, but couldn't do anything with the football. On the defense, they didn't a good job on containing WVU and gave up 41 points to West Virginia. They forced three turnovers, but gave up too many points to WVU late in the football game. Bryce Petty was only 16 of 36 on the day with 223 and 2 TDs (24.2 QBR), while Shock Linwood carried the ball 21 times for 69 yards and a TD. Hard to win games when your top offensive players don't preform. This is a tough loss for Baylor, but they'll a week off to get their offense back on track and prepare for Kansas.

Last Week’s MVP: Antwan Goodley (Baylor WR)

Antwan Goodley is the only Baylor player that didn't do terrible this game. He caught 9 passes for 132 yards and a TD on the day

This Week: Bye

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Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Week: Iowa State 45, Texas 48

What a heartbreaker for the Cyclones. They played well in Austin Saturday night, but let up big plays late in the game and lost another close one to the Longhorns (this time without help from the refs). They gave up 14 early points to Texas before going on a 21-0 run. They threw for 2 TDs and picked up a Texas fumble for a TD. They then exchanged touchdowns with UT until Iowa State tied the ball game late in the 4th quarter. However, Iowa State's secondary couldn't stop Tyrone Swoopes and gave the Longhorns great field position for a game winning 21 yard field goal. Sam Richardson threw the ball better than usual and ran well from under center. Aaron Wimberly was excellent running the ball, rushing 14 times for 110 yards and a TD. D'Vario Montgomery caught 9 balls for 100 yards and Allen Lazard caught 8 passes for 88 yards and a TD. The defense forced two turnovers from the Longhorns (one for a TD), but let up 48 points to Texas. They had allowed the Longhorns to drive down the field for a FG with 28 seconds left.

Last Week’s MVP: Sam Richardson (QB ISU)

Sam Richardson played well for Iowa State and kept them in the game. Although he did throw two picks, he also completed 36 of 55 passes for 345 yards and 3 TDs. He also rushed the ball 15 times for 36 yards (includes sacks) and a TD.

This Week: Bye

Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: Kansas 20, Texas Tech 34

Kansas came into Lubbock and wasn't able to pull out a victory. They didn't start off well, allowing 17 early on in the contest. The offense couldn't get going and Kansas failed on a 4th down conversion. However, Ben Heeney intercepted Webb's pass late in the 2nd quarter and set Kansas up for a TD. In the 2nd half, they forced another turnover from Webb and turned that into a touchdown also. The Jayhawks were no match for Texas Tech's Ian Sadler and DeAndre Washington though, who dominated Kansas's defense. They couldn't execute a 2 minute drill late and fell to the Red Raiders 34-20. Michael Cummings actually played descent this game, throwing for 235 yards and 2 scores. Corey Avery rushed the ball 15 times for 69 yards, while De'Andre Mann ran 12 times for 20 yards. Jimmay Mundine caught 7 balls for 82 yards and a score, while Nigel King caught 2 balls for 51 yards. The defense gave up 507 yards to Texas Tech, but did force two turnovers.

Last Week’s MVP: Michael Cummings (QB Kansas)

Michael Cummings wasn't outstanding, but he himself a nice little game this weekend. He completed 20 of 32 passes for 235 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. He also ran the ball 11 times for 20 yards and a TD.

This Week: Bye

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Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: Kansas State 31, Oklahoma 30

What an exciting game in Norman this weekend. The Wildcats won 31-30 over the Sooners thanks to Jake Waters, great defense in the end and a couple missed kicks. After a quick possession from both squads, Kansas State allowed a long drive by Oklahoma for a TD. However, K-State struck back with a trick pass to Gronkowski for a TD and a pick six deep in Oklahoma territory. After allowing a big play TD, K-State drove down the field (targeting Lockett often) for a TD. K-State took a 4 point lead at half time and were up 7 going into the 4th quarter. After OU tied the game early in the 4th, K-State blocked the extra point attempt. OU later missed an easy 19 yard FG and the Wildcats held on for the victory. Jake Waters was a big factor in the passing and rushing game, accounting for 3 TDs. DeMarcus Robinson rushed 8 times for 66 yards while Charles Jones ran the ball 12 times for 46 yards. Tyler Locket and Curry Sexton accounted for 14 of Jake Water's 15 completions for 163 yards and a TD. The defense held Oklahoma in the ends and forced two turnovers, including a Pick 6 in the first. Good win for the Wildcats.

Last Week’s MVP: Jake Waters (QB Kansas State)

Jake Waters played another great game for the Wildcats. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 225 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing 10 times for 51 yards and a TD.

This Week: Saturday, October 25th @ 11:00 am on ESPN | Texas vs. Kansas State

Kansas State returns to familiar territory this week against a Texas team that just edged by Iowa State. Kansas State must watch out for Tyrone Swoopes. Don't let him make big plays and don't let him use his legs to get first downs. On offense, try and confuse Texas's offense with Jake Waters. I think Kansas State handles Texas easily.

Texas 17, Kansas State 35

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Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Week: Kansas 31, Oklahoma 30

Oklahoma suffers their second loss of the season in disappoint, as turnovers and poor execution cost them the game. Oklahoma came out strong with a TD, but didn't guard Gronkowski on a long 62 yard TD by K-State. Then on the offensive end, Trevor Knight threw an ill advised pick that K-State walked in for a TD. After batting back and forth with the Wildcats, the Sooners scored a TD and had a chance to tie the score. Unfortunately, the kick got blocked and it remained 31-30. Then with 5 mins left in the contest, OU missed a 19 yard FG and wouldn't touch the ball again. Trevor Knight was 26 of 32 for 318 yards and a TD, but gave K-State a crucial score. Samaje Perine didn't do much, only rushing 24 times for 89 yards and a TD. Alex Ross rushed 8 times for 75 yards (9.4 yards per carry). Both Durron Neal and Blake Bell caught a TD pass from Knight, along with Sterling Shepard. The defense didn't force any turnover, but did limit K-State's yards and allowed only 24 points. Oklahoma will have a week off before facing Iowa State

Last Week’s MVP: Sterling Shepard (WR Oklahoma)

Sterling Shepard played great for the Sooners, catching 15 balls for 197 yards and a TD.

This Week: Bye

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: Oklahoma State 9, TCU 42

What a bad day for the Cowboys. After a terrible game against the Jayhawks, they came out and played poorly against one of the Big XII's best. The passing attack got shut down by TCU's defense and the rushing attack was ineffective throughout the day. All the Cowboys could muster up was 3 field goals on the day, all in the first half. On defense, they let up four big plays to the Horn Frogs that resulted in 28 points. TCU beat them on the ground and the air, finding holes in the secondary and line of scrimmage. Just an overall bad day for Oklahoma State. Daxx Garman was 10 of 25 for 132 yards and 2 INTs, while Desmond Roland carried the ball 23 times for 84 yards. David Glidden caught 5 passes for 59 yards on the day, and Brandon Sheperd caught a 57 yard bomb. Outside of that, OKST has 5 catches for 16 yards. The defense wasn't any better, only forcing one turnover and allowing 676 yards and 42 points. The Cowboys return to Stillwater next weekend to face to red hot Mountaineers.

Last Week’s MVP: Tyreek Hill (RB Oklahoma State)

Nobody really played well for the Cowboys, so my MVP goes to Hill. He ran the ball 11 times for 52 yards and caught a pass for 6 yards.

This Week: Saturday, October 25th @ 2:30 pm on ESPN | West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State returns to Stillwater this weekend to face a Mountaineer team that has been on a tear lately. Oklahoma State must shut down Clint Trickett and not allow him to get hot in the passing game. On offense, try to use the rushing game to open up the passing game to Daxx Garman. I think that West Virginia comes in a takes care of Oklahoma State

West Virginia 45, Oklahoma State 24

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Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: Iowa State 45, Texas 48

Texas barley pulled out a win over a struggling Iowa State this weekend in thrilling fashion. They started off hot, scoring on a Swoopes pass and Gray rush, but allowed Iowa State to get back in the game with bad defense and poor offensive execution, The Longhorns were able to keep up with the Cyclones though, thanks to offense execution and a pick 6 by Dylan Harris. When Iowa State tied the game late, Tyrone Swoopes had two amazing throws down the sideline to get the Longhorns in field goal range to win the game. Swoopes did well rushing the ball and leading his team for several scores. The rushing tandem of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray combined for 25 carries for 96 yards and 3 TDs on the year. John Harris caught 9 passes for 147 yards while Shipley caught 6 balls for 92 yards and a score. The defense forced 3 turnovers, but allowed Iowa State to drop 45 points on them. The Longhorns will have challenge next week against K-State

Last Week’s MVP: Tyrone Swoopes (QB Texas)

Swoopes played great for the Longhorns this weekend, completing 24 of 36 passes for 321 yards, a TD and an INT. He also ran the ball 14 times for 95 yards and a TD.

This Week: Saturday, October 25th @ 11:00 am on ESPN | Texas vs. Kansas State

After a hard fought win, Texas heads to the Little Apple to say possibly the best team in the Big XII right now. Don't let Jake Waters get comfortable and disrupt the game flow for the Wildcats. On offense, let Swoopes arm and legs do the work for the offense. Evenly spread the ball and keep them guessing. I think the Wildcats win handily.

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TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Week: Oklahoma State 9, TCU 42

TCU came out and dominated the Cowboys this weekend. They had big play after big play and out played Oklahoma State's defense. BJ Catalon and Trevone Boykin gave the defense trouble all day. On the defensive side of the football, the Horn Frogs shut down both the passing and rushing game, allowing only 258 yards on the day. They also forced two INTs on the day. Just an overall great day and performance from TCU. Trevone Boykins completed 26 of 39 passes for 410 yards,3 TD's and an INT, while rushing 9 times for 41 yards. BJ Catalon ran the ball 10 times for 102 yards and 2 scores, while Trevorris Johnson ran the ball 7 times for 51 yards. Josh Doctson had a big game recieving with 2 scores and Deante' Gray caught 4 balls fir 58 yards and a TD.

Last Week’s MVP: Josh Doctson (WR TCU)

Doctson was once again a threat in the passing game, catching 7 balls for 225 yards (32.1 yards per carry) and 2 TDs.

This Week: Saturday, October 25th @ 2:30 pm on FOX | Texas Tech vs. TCU

TCU welcomes a Texas Tech team that just won their first Big XII game of the season. TCU is riding high after handling OKST and should be ready to face Texas Tech. TCU needs to stop Washington and force turnovers from Webb. On offense, use Boykin's legs to confuse the Red Raiders and keep them guessing. I think TCU wins this game by 2 TDs (after Tech scores a late TD)

Texas Tech 31, TCU 45

West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Week: Baylor 27, West Virginia 41

After barley squeezing by the Red Raiders last weekend, they welcomed Baylor into town and made a statement against the Bears. After giving up three scores right away, they held Baylor to only 14 points the rest of the game, including stopping Baylor on two 4th down conversations deep in WVU turnover. They matched points up until the 4th quarter when WVU had two key drives to put them up by 14 points late in the contest. The Mountaineers held on for the 41-27 victory. They didn't let Petty of Linwood get going and halted the Baylor offense all game. Clint Trickett did great on the day, throwing three touchdowns on the day, including two in the 4th quarter to pull away from a 27-27 tie. Kevin White was a big target for him, catching 8 passes for 132 yards and 2 TDs. The rushing game couldn't really get going, but Trickett and offense was too much to handle for Baylor.

Last Week’s MVP: Clint Trickett (West Virginia QB)

Clint Trickett played well Saturday, leading his West Virginia team to a win. He was 23 of 35 on the day for 332 yards, a TD and an INT. He also lead his team to touchdowns twice in the 4th quarter.

This Week: Saturday, October 25th @ 2:30 pm on ESPN | West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State

West Virginia heads to Stillwater this weekend to face an Oklahoma State squad after a disappointing loss to TCU. Let Clint Trickett expose the Cowboys secondary and get the offense rolling. On defense, don't allow the big play and force Garman to hit tight windows. West Virginia wins.

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