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Football Across the Big XII: Week 12 Preview

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TCU cruises by K-State, Baylor dominates Oklahoma, Texas upsets West Virginia and Kansas gets their first Big XII win against Iowa State. Plus a look into Week 12

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: Baylor 48, Oklahoma 14

Baylor started off slow in Norman, but went on to score 45 unanswered points to beat Oklahoma 48-14. After a quick FG, Baylor allowed Oklahoma to score TD's on two long drive. However, Baylor's offense and defense started clicking. Baylor scored on a long drive, then intercepted Trevor Knight to set up a 1 yard TD. They orchestrated another long drive at the end of the half to lead 24-14 at halftime. The Bears wouldn't look back after that, scoring 24 more the points the following half, scoring on 4 of 6 possessions (time ran out during the last one). Great victory for the bears, who are trying to reach the college football playoff. Bryce Petty played well on the day, completing 32 of 42 passes for 387 yards and a TD. Shock Linwood ran the ball 23 times for 87 yards and two scores, while Devin Chafin ran the ball 11 times for 35 yards and 2 TDs. The defense only allowed 14 points on the day and only let up 319 yards. Baylor has to be happy with their performance.

Last Week’s MVP: Corey Coleman (WR Baylor)

Corey Coleman was outstanding for Baylor this weekend. He caught 15 passes for 224 yards and TD, along with rushing the ball twice for 7 yards and a TD.

This Week: BYE

Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Week: Iowa State 14, Kansas 34

Iowa State was trying to get their first Big XII win of the week, but played awful against a struggling Kansas team to fall to 2-7. Iowa State was struggling from the get go, allowing Kansas to score 17 points on the first 3 possessions and letting the Jayhawks score 4 times on 7 drives. Despite the lack of defense and offense, Iowa State was able to score at the end of the 1st half and the beginning of the 2nd half. However, Iowa State turned the ball over, missed a FG or failed to covert on 4th down 5 times in the 2nd half, falling 34-14 to the Jayhawks. Sam Richardson didn't play in the game due to an injury, but that doesn't excuse their bad defense. Grant Rohach was 25 of 50 for 275 yards, 2 TDs, an INT and a fumble. Aaron Wimberly rushed 15 times for 97 yards and Tyler Brown rushed twice for 12 yards. The defense allowed 514 yards to the struggling Jayhawks and didn't force a single turnover. Not a good day overall for the Cyclones.

Last Week’s MVP: D'Vario Montgomery (WR Iowa State)

Montgomery was a bright spot for the Cyclones this past weekend, catching 8 passes for 130 yards and a TD.

This Week: BYE

Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: Iowa State 14, Kansas 34

Kansas recorded their first Big XII victory of the season, beating Iowa State 34-14 in a great display from the Jayhawks. Kansas scored early on often, capitalizing with a rushing TDs from Avery and Peirson, a TD catch from Mundine and a FG, going ahead 24-0 in the 2nd quarter.However, Iowa State scored at the end of the 1st half and beginning of the 2nd to cut the lead to 10. Kansas didn't allow a single score after that, forcing two turnovers and stopping Iowa State twice times on 4th down, sealing the win fro the Jayhawks. Michael Cummings completed 24 of 40 passes on the day for 278 yards and a TD. Nigel King caught 6 of those passes for 101 yards and Jimmay Mundine caught 6 passes for 75 yards and a TD. The defense allowed 373 yards on the day, but caused two turnovers and stopped Iowa State twice on 4th down. Good display from Kansas

Last Week’s MVP: Corey Avery & Tony Pierson (RB's Kansas)

These guys has basically identical stats, so both of them deserve the MVP. Avery rushed 17 times for 103 yards and a score, while Pierson ran 17 times for 101 yards and a score.

This Week: Saturday, November 15th @ 2:00 pm on FS1 | TCU vs. Kansas

Everybody knows what to expect out of this game. TCU comes into Lawrence this weekend to face a Kansas team that just earned their first Big XII victory. On offense, Kansas will need to get the running game going to open up big plays in the passing game. On defense, stop Boykin and don't let him make plays. TCU wins in a blowout

TCU 63, Kansas 13

Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: Kansas State 20, TCU 41

Kansas State entered Saturday leading the Big XII and was in control of their own destiny to win the Big XII and have a shot at the Big XII playoff. However, a poor performance against TCU nearly ended their Big XII hopes and College Playoff dreams this weekend. The game was controlled by TCU from the start, scoring two TDs quickly in the first half. Kansas State would answer with a 70 TD pass to Lockett to to shorten to lead, but a TCU FG gave the Horn Frogs a 17-7 lead at the half. After halftime, the defense broke down, allowing the Horn Frogs to score on 4 of 5 possessions, allowing 24 points. The Wildcats could only muster a 2 TD's in the 2nd half, falling to TCU 41-20. Jake Waters didn't have a very productive game, completing 20 of 37 passes for 291 yards, 2 TD's and an INT. Kansas State rushed the ball 19 times for 34 yards on the day, only averaging 1.8 yards per carry. The only bright side of the day was what Lockett and Sexton did, combining for 15 catches, 310 yards and 2 TDs. The defense didn't force a single turnover and allowing 553 yards for 41 points. Bad day for the Wildcats.

Last Week’s MVP: Tyler Lockett (WR Kansas State)

One bright side of the day was Tyler Lockett, who caught 11 passes for 196 yards and a TD. He also broke Kansas State's receiving record, passing his father.

This Week: BYE

Oklahoma Sooners

SB Nation Blog: Crimson And Cream Machine

Last Week: Baylor 48, Oklahoma 14

Oklahoma came into the game trying to claim 3rd place in the conference and ended up playing terrible and falling to the Bears by 34 points. After two long TD drives in the first quarter, the Sooners gave up a TD to Baylor, followed by a Trevor Knight pick that allowed Baylor to take the lead. Oklahoma would miss a 31-yard FG and wouldn't get close to scoring again. AThe offense couldn't get going and the defense couldn't slow down Baylor. The Sooners allowed Baylor to score on 6 of 9 possessions after the interception, with two drives ending due to the half running out. The offense couldn't get anything going to the rest of the game. Not only that, but Knight was injured in the 4th quarter. It was a nightmare for Oklahoma. Trevor Knight was 12 for 27 on the day for 146 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. He also ran the ball 13 times for 45 yards. Keith Ford rushed 8 times for 40 yards and Samaje Perine ran the 5 times for only 21 yards. The defense allowed 544 yards, 48 points and didn't force a single turnover. Not a good day for the Sooners.

Last Week’s MVP: Alex Ross (RB Oklahoma)

Alex Ross was probably Oklahoma's best player last weekend, rushing 6 times for 71 yards.

This Week: Saturday, November 15th @ 2:30 pm on ESPN | Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech

Oklahoma heads to Lubbock this weekend to face a struggling Texas Tech team. Tech could have Webb or Mahomes back this week, and Oklahoma could be without Trevor Knight (EDIT: They will be without Trevor Knight and Webb has been practicing). Despite Tech's bad season, if Webb can play, Tech has a chance of winning. Not a great one, but a chance. However, it'll be hard to score on OU's defense and stop their rushing game when the Sooners have the ball. Unfortunately, I just don't see a win for the Red Raiders this week. I originally had the score at 42-24, but with Knight out, I think Tech barley loses to the Sooners

Oklahoma 28, Texas Tech, 24

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: BYE

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Saturday, November 15 @ 6:30 pm on FOX | Texas vs. Oklahoma State

After a week off, the Cowboys welcome a Texas team that just came off two straight victories against Tech and West Virginia. On offense, Oklahoma State has to get the running game going and keep Daxx Garman from making decisions. On defense, break through the offensive line and get to the QB. I think Texas comes in and beats Oklahoma State

Texas 31, Oklahoma State 17

Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: West Virginia 16, Texas 33

Texas welcomed West Virginia into town this past weekend and beat them handily. The game was close in the first half, as Tyrone Swoopes marched down the field and scored a TD and Lambert hit a 22 yard FG. After Lambert missed a 53-yard FG in the 1st quarter, Texas went to work, more specially Johnathan Gray. who 85 yards and 2 TDs in the 2nd quarter. The half would end on Nick Rose FG, after he missed a 39 yarder. WVU scored early in the 4th quarter to shorten the lead to 14, but a safety by Texas put the Longhorns up by 16. West Virginia would score another TD to shorten the lead to 10, but Johnathan Gray scored another TD with 3 minutes left to put Texas up by 3 scores and give the Longhorns the victory. Tyrone Swoopes didn't perform well last Saturday, completing 11 fo 29 passes for 124 yards, a TD and an INT. Malcolm Brown rushed 20 times for 90 yards on the day and John Harris lead the way for the WRs, catching 2 passes for 45 yards. The defense only allowed 16 points on the day, forcing WVU to turn the ball over twice. A good game for the Longhorns to upset #23 WVU

Last Week’s MVP: Johnathan Gray (RB Texas)

Johnathan Gray was just outstanding. He rushed the ball 10 times for 101 yards and 3 TDs, providing Texas with a majority of the scoring on Saturday.

This Week: Saturday, November 15th @ 6:30 pm on FOX | Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Texas goes into Stillwater this weekend riding a 2 game winning streak. They face an Oklahoma State team that has lost 3 straight. On offense, the O-line must protect Swopes and give the playmakers time to make plays. On defense, they must stop the running game and force Oklahoma State to throw the football. Texas wins and earns bowl eligibility

Texas Tech Red Raiders roster

TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Week: Kansas State 20, TCU 41

TCU did they set out to do this weekend, beating Kansas State and jumping up enough in the polls to make the College Football Playoff (at the moment). The Horn Frogs scored quickly twice in the 1st half before allowing a big touchdown the Kansas State. TCU scored a Field Goal in the 1st half to lead 17-7 at halftime. TCU came out hot in the 2nd half, being effective on offense and keeping Kansas State's offense off the field. They would cruise to a 41-20 victory, becoming the #4 team in the country and sharing the lead for the Big XII with Baylor and Kansas State. Trevone Boykin was outstanding once again, scoring 4 times on the day. Aaron Green rushed the ball 18 times for 171 yards and a TD. David Porter caught 7 passes for 84 yards and TD. The defense held Kansas State to 14 points and 410 yards, forcing a turnover in the 2nd half. TCU is in prime position (with an easy schedule left) to finish co-champion of the Big XII and make the College Football Playoff.

Last Week’s MVP: Trevone Boykin (QB TCU)

Boykin just continues to amaze me. He completed 23 of 34 passes for 219 yards and a TD. He also ran the ball 17 times for 123 yards and 3 TDs. Wouldn't be surprised if we see him in New York next month.

This Week: Saturday, November 15th @ 2:00 pm on FS1 | TCU vs. Kansas

TCU goes to Kansas this weekend to play the Jayhawks to try and advance to 9-1. On offense, TCU should try and use Boykin's arm and legs to attack the defense. On defense, stop the running game and force Kansas to attack the Horn Frogs with the pass. TCU wins with no problems.

West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Week: West Virginia 16, Texas 33

After a disappointing finish against TCU, the Mountaineers came out and played poorly against a struggling Texas team. After a quick Texas score, West Virginia marched down to the red zone, but only came away with a FG. After Lambert missed 53-yarder in the 1st quarter, Texas started to drive down the field and score TDs on the Mountaineers. The 1st half ended with a 24-3 lead for the Longhorns. In the 3rd quarter, WVU missed out on opportunities, not scoring on a 4th and goal and missing a 40 yard FG. They finally started to score in the 4th quarter with two rushing TDs, but a safety and another Johnathan Gray TD was too much to overcome. West Virginia falls 33-16 to the Longhorns and falls out of the Top 25. Clint Trickett played poor in Austin, completing 36 of 49 passes for 248 yards and an INT. Kevin White caught 16 of those passes for 132 yards. The defense held Texas to 351 yards, but did allow 33 points and forced only one turnover. Not a great day for West Virginia.

Last Week’s MVP: Dreamius Smith (RB West Virginia)

Dreamius Smith didn't touch the ball much, but he was a big factor in the offense. He ran the ball 10 times for 100 yards and a TD.

This Week: BYE