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Football in the Big XII: Week 13 Preview

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TCU barley edges by Kansas, Texas takes care of Oklahoma State and Oklahoma runs past Texas Tech. Plus a look at the Big XII games this week.

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: BYE

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Saturday, November 22nd @ 6:30 pm on FS1 | Oklahoma State vs. Baylor

Baylor welcomes a struggling Oklahoma State team into Waco this weekend as they go for their 9th win of the season. Baylor should test Oklahoma State's secondary while throwing the occasional run on offense, while stopping Roland and Tyreek Hill on defense. I see Baylor winning easily  in Waco

Oklahoma State 13, Baylor 49

Iowa State Cyclones

SB Nation Blog: Wide Right & Natty Lite

Last Week: BYE

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Saturday, November 22nd @ 2:30 pm on FSSW | Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

Iowa State welcomes Texas Tech into town, who comes off another bad loss. Sam Richardson returns for Iowa Stat, and that should give Texas Tech trouble. Tech has not done well containing the QB this season. Texas Tech will need to score points on Iowa State and fight for every possession. While many don't believe Tech will be able to pull this off, I believe the Red Raiders. No disrespect to Iowa State, I just think Tech can pull out this victory.

Texas Tech 34, Iowa State 31

Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: TCU 34, Kansas 30

Nobody really gave Kansas a shot last week (including myself), but they came out and proved people wrong, almost upsetting the #4 team in the nation. After allowing an early TD pass, Kansas marched down the field and scored twice to take a 13-7 lead. The Kansas defense was able to slow down TCU's offense, only allowing 10 points in the first half. In 3rd quarter, Kansas and TCU started swapping touchdowns. However, TCU was able to score one more and take a 31-27 lead over the Jayhawks. Kansas tired to get a drive going after the Field Goal, but Cummings was intercepted and TCU kept the ball the rest of the game to hold on to a victory. Michael Cummings played well for most of the day, completing 19 of 37 passes for 332 yards, 2 TDs and an INT. 137 of those yards were from Jimmary Mundine, who also caught a TD. Corey Avery and Tony Pierson struggled on the day, combining for 60 yards and a TD on 21 carries. The defense was able to force TCU to turnover the football and stop them on 4th down, but let up too many points in the 3rd quarter. Still, great game overall by the Jayhawks

Last Week’s MVP: Nigel King (WR Kansas)

Nigel King played well for the Jayhawks this weekend, and was a big reason why they kept it close. He caught 5 balls for 128 yards and TD, including a 79 yard TD in which he tipped to himself.

This Week: Saturday, November 22nd @ 11:00 am on FS1 | Kansas vs. Oklahoma

Kansas has themselves a challenge this week as they head to Norman to face the Sooners. Will they thrive off their performance last weekend or be the Kansas team we've seen all season. On offense, Kansas should test Oklahoma's young secondary after their success against TCU last week. On defense, don't let Perine break free for long runs. The Sooners win this one

Kansas 14, Oklahoma 38

Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: BYE

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Thursday, November 20th @ 6:00 pm on FS1 | Kansas State vs. West Virginia

The Wildcats head to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers this week, trying to get back on track after a disappointing loss to TCU. On offense, use Water's mobilty to open up the passing game. On defense, shut down WVU's receivers and force them to run. I think Bill Snyder gets his team back on track this week

Kansas State 35, West Virginia 27

Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Week: Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 30

Oklahoma came to Lubbock off a terrible loss to the Baylor and looked to bounce back against the Red Raiders. The offense struggled at first, not being able to drive down the field and get in the endzone. Oklahoma scored just one TD in the 1st half, while turning over the ball in the red zone. On defense, they couldn't contain Mahomes and allowed him to make big plays on defense. The Sooners fell behind 14-7 at half. After a quick Red Raider score, Oklahoma came out running the football and couldn't be stopped. They either ran with Perine or allowed Thomas to keep the ball to get first downs the touchdown. They score 5 TDs in the 2nd half to win 42-30 over Texas Tech. Cody Thomas didn't do well throwing the football, completing only 10 of 20 passes for 133 yards, a TD and 3 INTs. However, he was effective rushing the ball 8 times for 103 yards and a TD. Samaje Perine did great last weekend, carrying the load and scoring 3 TDs on the day. Durron Neal was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 57 yards and a TD. The defense didn't force any turnovers and allowing TDs on broken plays, but they kept Texas Tech to 30 points, with 6 coming at the end when the game was out of hand. Good win for the Sooners.

Last Week’s MVP: Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma)

Samaje was just outstanding last weekend, rushing 25 times for 213 yards and 3 TDs.

This Week: Saturday, November 22nd @ 11:00 am on FS1 | Kansas vs. Oklahoma

Oklahoma goes back home to face a Kansas team that has a bunch of confidence after almost beating TCU. The Sooners won't have Trevor Knight again, but will have Cody Thomas, who ran the ball well last week. On offense, stick to the running game and run the ball down Kansas's throat. On defense, don't allow Kansas to make big play on offense. Oklahoma wins this one.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7

The Cowboys season just keeps on getting worse, as the Cowboys fall 28-7 to the Longhorns and are in danger of missing the postseason. The offense, was struggling from the start, punting on every possession and only getting a couple 1st downs. On the other hands, Texas was able to score on all but one possession, in which Nick Rose missed a 21 yard FG. Texas kicked a field goal in 3rd to go up 22-0, and while OKST struggled to move the football again. The Cowboys finally were able to move the ball and score in the 4th, but by then it was too late. The defense couldn't stop Texas and the offense couldn't get moving. Daxx Garman was 17 of 29 on the day for 158 yards, 1 TD and one INT. The running backs combined for 34 yards on 23 carries, while the leading pass catcher was Kameron Doolittle with one catch for 31. The defense couldn't stop the Longhorns until the 2nd half and didn't force any turnovers. A bad game all the way around for Oklahoma State.

Last Week’s MVP: Desmond Roland (RB Oklahoma State)

Roland didn't exactly do great either, but he was the best player for Oklahoma State. He rushed 5 times for 21 yards

This Week: Saturday, November 22nd @ 6:30 pm on FS1 | Oklahoma State vs. Baylor

Oklahoma State heads to Waco face an 8-1 Baylor team this weekend. On offense, the Cowboys should try and get the running game going to not force Daxx Garman to make plays. On defense, don't allow big plays and try to force turnovers. Baylor wins with ease.

Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7

Texas went to Stillwater this weekend and dominated the Cowboys to become bowl eligible. The offense could not be stopped in the first half, scoring all on but one possession, in which Nick Rose missed a 21 yarder. The defense only allowed a couple first downs in the 1st half and shut down the offense until the 4th quarter. They also forced Oklahoma State to turnover the ball twice in the 2nd half. Good day overall from Texas to get them bowl eligible. Right now, they are projected to meet Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, which would be interesting since the two haven't met since the Big XII broke up in 2011. Tyrone Swoopes was great on the day throwing for 305 yards and keeping control on the ball. Johnathan Gray was the lead back, rushing 16 time for 81 yards and TD. John Harris was the leading receiver, catching 9 balls for 117 yards and a TD. The defense forced two turnovers and allowed only touchdown, giving up only 192 yards in the process. Great win for the Longhorns.

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

Swoopes did a good job driving his team down the field and making plays for the offense. He completed 24 of 33 passes for 305 yards and 2 TDs.

This Week: BYE

TCU Horned Frogs

SB Nation Blog: Frogs O’ War

Last Week: TCU 34, Kansas 30

TCU probably came into Lawrence thinking Kansas was going to be an easy challenge. However, the Jayhawks showed up to the game and the Horn Frogs didn't. After Boykins scored early on, the defense let up two touchdowns to the Jayhawks. The offense was at a standing, not converting on 4th down, throwing an INT, and having to punt early into drives. However, the defense was able to hold them down and only trailed by 3 heading into halftime. In the 3rd quarter, the offense finally got clicking, scoring 21 points and taking a 31-27 lead. In the last quarter and a half, TCU was able to hold Kansas to 3 points and hold on to a 34-30 win over the Jayhawks. Trevone Boykin had a decent game throwing the ball, as he completed 26 of 36 passes for 330 yards, a TD, and an INT. He didn't do well rushing though, as he ran 11 times for 2 yards. TCU's leading receiver on the day was Ty Slanina, who completed 6 passes for 95 yards and a TD. The special teams were good, kicking two field goals and returning a punt for a TD that gave TCU the lead in the 3rd. The defense allowed 30 points, 418 yards and only was able to force one turnover on the day. Not a good performance by TCU.

Last Week’s MVP: Aaron Green (RB TCU)

Green was the best player for the Horn Frogs today. Aaron Green ran the ball 19 times for 128 yards and a TD, taking the load at running back for a majority of the day.

This Week: BYE

West Virginia Mountaineers

SB Nation Blog: The Smoking Musket

Last Week: BYE

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Thursday, November 20th @ 6:00 pm on FS1 | Kansas State vs. West Virginia

West Virginia welcomes Kansas State into Morgantown after a disappointing loss to Texas two week ago. On offense, try and get the passing game open and get Kevin White involved. On defense, hit Waters all day and make him feel uncomfortable. I think the Wildcats edge out a victory over the Mountaineers.