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Football Across the Big XII: Week 11 Preview

TCU wins a thriller against WVU, Kansas State defeats Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma and Baylor beat up on Iowa State and Kansas. Plus a look into Week 11

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: Kansas 14, Baylor 60

Baylor faced Kansas two weeks their disappointing performance in Morgantown. They came out firing early on, scoring on a 72 yard TD pass, forcing a turnover deep in KU Territory that resulted in a TD and driving for another TD late in the 1st. Baylor forced two more turnovers in the 2nd that resulted in four FG's in the 2nd. Baylor let off the petal in the 2nd half, scoring 21 points on 3 possessions. The Bears cruised to a 60-14 win at home. Bryce Petty was 15 of 27 on the day for 277 yards and 3 TDs. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin combined for 193 yards and 3 TDs on 28 carries. Chris Callahan made all four of his FG attempts (but missed an extra point). Finally, the defense only allowed 304 yards and forced 3 turnovers on the day. Good win for Baylor

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

Coleman had two huge TDs in the game in Baylor's domination. He caught 3 balls on the day for 167 yards and 2 TDs.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 11:00 am on FS1 | Baylor vs. Oklahoma

Baylor faces Oklahoma in what was supposed to be the battle for 1st in the Big XII, not 3rd. Baylor needs to keep the offensive pressure going through the air and spread the ball around. On defense, don't let Oklahoma's rushing game get going and force OU to turn over the ball. Despite being on the road, I think Baylor get's their head straight and takes a victory in Norman

Baylor 42, Oklahoma 35

Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Week: Oklahoma 59, Iowa State 14

Ok I was wrong. I thought with Oklahoma coming off close loses to TCU and Kansas State, they would be off, and Iowa State would have their best game of the year. I appears that I was wrong. Iowa State couldn't get any offense going from the start and couldn't hold down Oklahoma's offense if their life was on line. They didn't punt the whole first half, scoring 35 points, throwing 2 INTs and failing to convert on a 4th down. Sam Richardson minimized the damage on defense, but Iowa State still trailed 35-7 in the first half. The team didn't do much better in the 2nd half, only scoring on a long TD pass and allowing Oklahoma to score 24 more points in a 59-14 victory for the Sooners. Sam Richardson was 15 of 40 passing for 239 yards and a TD while rushing 10 times for 20 yards. Aaron Wimberly and Tyler Brown combined for 16 carries for 73 yards. The defense did force 3 turnovers, but allowed 59 points and 751 yards on the day. The season continues to be a struggle for Iowa State

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

D'Vario wasn't exactly outstanding, but he did the best out of the players that did play. He caught 3 balls for 88 yards and a TD.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 2:30 pm on FSN | Iowa State vs. Kansas

The league's two worst teams battle it out in Lawerence this weekend. Iowa State have valuable possessions and not turn the ball over. On defense, don't allow Kansas to get big plays and get into the red zone. I think Iowa State edges out f victory over the Jayhawks.

Iowa State 20, Kansas 3

Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: Kansas 14, Baylor 60

Kansas traveled to Waco this past weekend to face Baylor and it didn't go well. With the exception of one drive in the 1st quarter, Kansas couldn't get anything going. They turned over the ball a few times in the first half and allowed 4 TDs. On the bright side, they held Baylor to 4 FGs, but allowing 39 points in the first half in not good thing. By the time the 2nd half rolled around, the game was already over. They failed to score on 12 possessions and couldn't get the running game going throughout the game. Not a good performance at all for Kansas. Michael Cummings had a descent throwing the football, completing 21 of 30 passes for 288 yards and 2 TDs, but fumbled once. Corey Avery couldn't get anything going running the football, only gaining 18 yards on 11 rushes, but did catch 4 balls for 92 yards. The defensive did terrible, giving up nearly 700 yards of offense, not forcing any turnovers and allowing 60 points.. Not a good game off a bye week for the Jayhawks.

Last Week’s MVP: Nick Harwell (WR Kansas)

Nick Harwell was one of the lone bright spots for Kansas. He caught 5 passes for 79 yards and 2 TDs for the game.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 2:30 pm on FSN | Iowa State vs. Kansas

Kansas welcomes Iowa State into town for their best chance of coming away with a Big XII victory. On offense, get the running game going and try to make big plays down field. On defense, don't allow Sam Richardson to take over the game and force turnovers. I believe Kansas falls flat to the Cyclones.

Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: Oklahoma State 14, Kansas State 48

Kansas State us once again this week why they're atop of the Big XII, this time by beating up on Cowboys. After allowing a quick OKST touchdown, the Wildcats scored 45 straight points, not allowing another Cowboy score until the 4th quarter. They scored in multiple ways, returning a kick-off for a TD, throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for 3 more. They took care of the ball on offense and didn't let OKST drive down the field on defense. The one time they got closed, they picked them off, generating in a TD. It was a similar story in the 2nd half, as Kansas State rolled to a 48-14 victory. Jake Waters completed 19 of 28 passes for 223 yards and 2 TDs, with Tyler Lockett catching 6 catches for 94 yards and a score. Charles Jones rushed 10 times for 43 yards and 2 TDs, while Waters rushed 9 times for 34 yards. The defense played impressive on the day, forcing 3 turnovers, while only allowing 260 yards and 14 points (7 of which were on offense). Good game overall, getting confidence for when they head to Ft. Worth this weekend.

Last Week’s MVP: Curry Sexton (WR Kansas State)

Sexton had a big game last weekend, catching 9 passing for 159 yards and a TD

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 6:30 pm on FOX | Kansas State vs. TCU

These two team battle it out for the battle for 1st place in the Big XII. It's likely the case where the winner of this game wins the Big XII and has a shot to make it into the college football playoff. Kansas State has to shut down Boykin, much like WVU did last game. They can't win if he gets it going. On offense, use Jake Waters and keep Boykin off the field. You can't have a worn out defense againist TCU. This was a tough descion, but  I think Kansas State pulls out a tough victory in Ft Worth.

Kansas State 34, TCU 28

Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Week: Oklahoma 59, Iowa State 14

Oklahoma came back this week firing and looking like the Top 4 team they were supposed to be. They scored 5 TDs early on thanks to s rushing TD from Samaje Perine, two rushing TDs Trevor Knight and two passing TDs as well. The defense also shut Iowa State down for most of the quarter. The only downside of the first half was Knight turning the ball over twice in the Red Zone. If Oklahoma wants to compete with Baylor next week, they can't make those types of mistakes. Oklahoma rolled in the 2nd half, scoring 24 more points and shutting down Iowa State for most of the half again. Good day for the Sooners. Samaje Perine rushed 17 times for 110 yards and a score, while Alex Ross rushed 13 times for 144 yards. Blake Bell caught 2 TDs and Durron Neal caught 5 passes for 60 yards. The defense held Iowa State to 334 yards and forced a turnover, while only giving up 14 points on the day.

Last Week’s MVP: Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma)

With the exception of the two interceptions, Knight was phenomenal on the day. He threw the ball 35 times, completing 22 passes for 230 yards and 3 TDs, while rushing 16 times for 146 yards and 3 TDs.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 11:00 am on FS1 | Baylor vs. Oklahoma

Oklahoma welcomes Baylor into town for another great Big XII match-up. Get to Bryce Petty early and don't allow them to hurt you down the field. On offense, get to running game working early to establish a safer, effective passing game. I think Baylor comes in and beats the Sooners.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: Oklahoma State 14, Kansas State 48

Oklahoma State lost it's 3rd straight game this week, falling to the Wildcats and sporting a 5-4 record after starting 5-1. After Tyreek Hill scored an early TD, Kansas State started rolling on offense and Oklahoma State's defense couldn't stop them. It wasn't any better on the offensive end, as the Cowboys were stopped several times and couldn't move the ball well. When they did move the ball, they turned the ball over. Their only other score in the game was from a pick 6 off Kansas State's back-up QB. Daxx Garman had a poor performance, going 12 of 23 for 148 yards and 2 INTs. Tyreek Hill was the only effective running back, as Rennie Childs rushed 9 times for 36 yards. Tyreek Hill was also the leading receiver, as James Washington and David Glidden combined for 6 catches for 65 yards. The defense couldn't hold Kansas State, allowing 48 points and 421 yards. Oklahoma State has a bye week to try and get themselves together.

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

Tyreek Hill was Mr. Do-it-all for the Cowboys this weekend. He ran the ball 18 times for 102 yards and a TD, and caught a pass for 34 yards.

This Week: BYE

Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: Texas 34, Texas Tech 13

Much like Monday, I ran out of time when writing this (been a long week), so I'm just going to link Seth C's awesome post game review.

Last Week’s MVP: John Harris (WR Texas)

John Harris had some drops on the day, but he was a huge part of the offense and the win for the Longhorns. He caught 5 passes on the day for 165 yards.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 2:30 pm on FS1 | West Virginia vs. Texas

Texas welcomes in West Virginia into to town, whom is coming off a tough loss to TCU. On offense, protect Tyrone Swoopes and allow him to make plays for your team. On defense, watch out for the pass and force WVU to try and beat you with the run. I think Texas loses to West Virginia in Austin.

West Virginia 45, Texas 21

TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Week: TCU 31, West Virginia 30

TCU came to Morgantown for one of the best games of the week. They let up 13 points early on, allowing a long drive by the mountaineers for a TD, along with 2 FGs and an onside kick. However, Deante' Gray caught a 47 yard bomb to cut the score in half. The 2nd quarter was full of turnovers by both teams, with both team's defenses coming up. After halftime, TCU came out and scored early on a Boykin TD rushed, but allowed a Dreamius Smith rushing TD the next possession and fumbled the next possession after that to trail 27-14. Two BJ Catalon TDs and a Josh Lambert FG gave WVU a 30-28 lead with half a quarter left. TCU's defense then stopped WVU and gave TCU enough time to march down the field a kick a game winning FG with time expiring. Trevone Boykin had his worst game this year, only completing 12 of 30 passes for 166 yards, a TD and an INT. Aaron Green rushed the ball 11 time for 63 yards, while Boykin ran the ball 9 times for 49 yards. The defense allowed 30 points and 357 yards, but forced WVU into 5 turnovers on the day. A good win despite a poor performance by the offense.

Last Week’s MVP: BJ Catalon (RB TCU)

Despite the offense struggle, BJ had himself a pretty good day, He rushed the ball 20 times for 105 yards and TD, and caught a pass for 7 yards

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 6:30 pm on FOX | Kansas State vs. TCU

TCU has a shot of running away with the Big XII title with a match-up against Kansas State this weekend in FT. Worth. On offense, give Trevone Boykin time to make plays and put up points on the board. On defense, make eye stops on 3rd down and don't allow them to waste time on their possessions. TCU barley loses to the Wildcats.

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West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Week: TCU 30, West Virginia 31

What a disappointing finish for WVU. Despite turning over the ball 5 times in the game, West Virginia created big play opportunities that lead to many points in the game. They took an early 13-0 lead thanks to a long drive and an onside kick, then allowed 14 points to the Horn Frogs to fall behind 14-13. Then after another long drive, WVU forced a fumble that they took back for a TD, going up 27-14. They allowed 2 more scores to TCU, but also made a FG to get ahead 30-28 with under 5 mins left. However, WVU didn't take any shots downfield and ran the ball 3 times, punting to the Horn Frogs. TCU than drove down the field and made a 37 yard game winning FG. Disappointing execution by the Mountaineers. Clint Trickett was 15 of 26 for 162 yards, a TD and 2 INTs, with Kevin White only catching 3 passes for 28 yards. The running game did pretty well, as all four running backs had 37 carries for 205 yards and a TD. The defense forced TCU into some turnovers and didn't allow Trevone Boykin to hurt them. Bad coaching and turnovers cost the Mountaineers this game though.

Last Week’s MVP: Mario Alford (WR WVU)

Didn't really find a particular player that stood out, so I'm going with Alford. He caught 3 passes for 79 yards and a TD.

This Week: Saturday, November 8th @ 2:30 pm on FS1 | West Virginia vs. Texas

West Virginia comes into Austin looking for a win after a tough defeat. They'll try and get the passing game working early to set up an easier run game. On defense, get in the backfield and don't allow Swoopes or the running backs to get comfortable. I predict WVU wins this match.

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