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Football Across the Big XII: Week 5 Preview

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Oklahoma wins a tough game in Morgantown, Kansas sneaks by Central Michigan and Kansas State beats themselves against Auburn, along with a Week 5 preview.

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Baylor Bears

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Last Week: Bye

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: @ Iowa State Cyclones | Saturday, September 27th at 7:00 pm on FOX

Baylor enters Big XII play against an Iowa State team that lost to Kansas State and North Dakota State, but beat an average Big 10 team in Iowa. Baylor should do what they do best against the Cyclones, and that's throw the football. Iowa State has faced only ground attacks thus far and aren't fully ready for an air raid attack. If Baylor does what they're supposed to, they should easily win this game

Baylor 63 - Iowa State 10

Iowa State Cyclones

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Last Week: Bye

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Baylor Bears | Saturday, September 27th at 7:00 pm on FOX

Iowa State has a challenge this week, facing the #7 team in the country in Baylor. It'll be a near improbably task, but it can be done. The Cyclones can beat Baylor if they can limit their possessions, get to the QB and effectively run the football without turning the ball over. Luckily for the Cyclones, they are playing in Aimes, but I don't think that'll be enough to beat the Bears.

Kansas Jayhawks

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Last Week: Central Michigan Chippewas 10, Kansas Jayhawks 24

Kansas finished their out of conference schedule with a double digit victory over Central Michigan this weekend. It started off with a 74 yard TD rush from Tony Pierson just seconds into the game, followed by a field goal and 2 TD passes from Cozart in the 4th quarter. Kansas took the lead early, but let Central Michigan tie the game in the 3rd quarter. That's when Kansas's offense finally clicked and they scored twice in the 4th quarter. The defense stopped Central Michigan for the majority of the day, allowing only 279 yards and forcing 3 turnovers. The only downside for the defense was allowing the TD late in the 3rd quarter. Kansas now has a 2-1 record going into Big XII play.

Last Week’s MVP: Montell Cozart (QB Kansas)

Cozart didn't have outstanding numbers, but he was consistent on the day and helped the Jayhawks win in the end. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 226 yards, 2 TDs and an INT.

This Week: Texas Longhorns | Saturday, September 27th at 3:00 on FS1

Kansas starts off Big XII play against a Longhorn squad that hasn't down well thus far. However, they did keep up with UCLA a couple weeks ago. To beat Texas, Kansas should use a similar game plan that BYU used against Texas. Run the ball and use the multiple of running backs they have to make the Longhorns think. They also need to look out for Texas's running attack and keep track of Swoopes at all times. I think Texas takes this one.

Texas 24 - Kansas 14


Kansas State Wildcats

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Last Week: Auburn Tigers 20, Kansas State Wildcats 14

The Wildcats could've (and should've) won their game last Thursday, but turnovers and missed opportunities cost Kansas State the game. The first came on K-State's first drive, when Jake Waters fumbled on his own 24 yard line, leading to an Auburn field goal. The 2nd came on the next drive, when Tyler Lockett let a pass go through his hands and into a defenders hands. That's 10 points that would've gave Kansas State the game. The offense wasn't there a majority of the game, only producing 1.3 yards per carry and completely roughly 50% of their passes for 250 yards and 2 INTs. The defense did well though, only holding Auburn to 20 points on the day and not allowing them to run away with the score. Kansas State did compete with one of the SEC's best though, and did make the Big XII look good on Thursday. The Wildcats will definitely be contenders for the Big XII title this season

Last Week’s MVP: D'haquille Williams (WR Auburn)

There wasn't really a clear cut MVP, but Williams had an impressive game and gave Auburn the victory. He had 8 catches on the day for 110 yards and a TD, which would end up being the difference in the game.

This Week: UTEP Minors | Saturday, September 27th at 11:00 am on FSN

Kansas State faces UTEP this weekend to end their out of conference schedule. While UTEP isn't exactly a great team, they aren't a pushover either. Kansas State will need to prepare for UTEP's rushing attack, while focus on getting their offense together this week. They also need to cut down on the turnovers and penalties if they want to do well in this game. K-State wins this game

Kansas State 38 - UTEP 14


Oklahoma Sooners

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Last Week: Oklahoma Sooners 45, West Virginia Mountaineers 33

The Sooners won a tough game in Morgantown last Saturday, and it wasn't easy. The Sooners fell behind the Mountaineers early in the 1st quarter due to some bad coverage, but catched-up to the Mountaineers, exchanging Touchdown for Touchdown. This continued until the 3rd quarter, when Oklahoma started to finally pull away from West Virginia. The Sooners won the game due to their rushing attack, which 6.5 yards per carry on the day for 301 yards and 4 TDs. However, the passing game and defensive didn't do well. Trevor Knight only completed 16 of 29 passes, throwing for 205 yards and an INT. The defense gave up 33 points to the Mountaineers and couldn't stop them until the 2nd half, but they did force 3 turnovers on the day. Oklahoma did okay, but there are some areas they can improve on.

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

Perine may of had the best performance of the week last weekend. He carried the ball 34 times for 242 yards (7.1 yards per carry) and 4 TDs. Just insane numbers.

This Week: Bye

Sooners will prepare for their next match-up against TCU. They will travel to Fort Worth to visit the Horn Frogs.


Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last Week: Bye

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Oklahoma State 45, Texas Tech 35

Y'all know what happened, do you really want me talk about it? Thought so

Texas Longhorns

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Last Week: Bye

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: Kansas Jayhawks | Saturday, September 27th at 3:00 pm on FS1

Texas should be able to get some confidence back this weekend if they take of business. Kansas hasn't done great against the run so far this season, so Texas should do fine if they stick to the run with the occasional pass play. Kansas' offense shouldn't be too hard to stop, just be prepared to stop their rushing attack. If Texas loses this game, they're in big trouble.

TCU Horned Frogs

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Last Week: Bye

Last Week’s MVP: None

This Week: SMU Mustangs | Saturday, September 27th at 11:00 am on CBS Sports Network

TCU faces a struggling SMU team this weekend for their final out of conference game. TCU has so far destroyed Samford and Minnesota, so this should be a fairly easy task also. Plus SMU now has a new coach and have yet to score a TD this season. TCU blows out SMU

TCU 45, SMU 0

West Virginia Mountaineers

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Last Week: Oklahoma Sooners 45, West Virginia Mountaineers 33

West Virginia welcomed Oklahoma to Morgantown last weekend and played impressive like they've been doing all season. They started out going toe to toe with the Sooners, showing weaknesses in Oklahoma's pass defense. Trickett was clicking and finding his receivers. However, the offense halted in the 2nd half, turning the ball over and not being able to get the offense going. Sooners eventually pulled away and won the contest. Clint Trickett was 25 for 41, throwing for 376 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Rushel Shell ran the ball 15 times for 60 yards and a TD, while Dreamius Smith ran 5 times for 38 yards and a TD. The defense didn't well, allowing 45 points during the game. The Mountaineers still have work to do on defense.

Last Week’s MVP: Kevin White (WR West Virginia)

Kevin White continued to play outstanding this season with another strong performance on Saturday. He caught 10 passes for 173 yards and a TD (which was 74 yards).

This Week: Bye