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Texas Tech, Big 12 Preview & Predictions: Week 11

We go over Week 11 Big 12 action!

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Unlike the Red Raiders, I did have a bye week, this past week. Just like Tech, I needed one. However, Tech is in DESPERATE need of a bye week. Since shellacking Iowa State, they have simply looked like a team that has run out of gas, especially on offense. When you run an offense as high-octane as Tech does, you better have everything running on all cylinders. After these past few weeks performances, it’s hard to not completely rail on what has happened these past few weeks. However I hate being all negative, so I’m going to lead off with two positives followed by two negatives. Positives- For all you people calling for Patrick Mahomes to be benched, do us all a favor and put some duct tape on your mouth. He is a young QB, who is going through some growing pains. Patrick Mahomes reminds me a lot of Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger because he is a playmaker and is hard to bring down. I’ll take that for a few more years. The final scores might not show it, but this Tech defense is actually playing much better than previous years. Turnovers are being forced, and the defense can defend the pass against equal level opponents. Plus, it’s year one under yet another new defensive coordinator. Negatives- After last week, I made up my mind. The 2015 Red Raider receivers are, collectively, the worst group of receivers since the Air Raid began at Tech. Period. (I’ve harped on this enough in this weekly series, no reason to say regurgitate what I’ve said.) Negative number two is that Tech cannot stop the run, again. When will the coaching staff realize that they have to beef up the defensive line if they want any shot at stopping the run for the first time since dinosaurs roamed the Earth? That may be a superlative, but it feels like it’s been that long. If you want to be the guest picker for next week, comment or tweet @ConnerCrisp your score prediction for Tech-Kansas State. Whoever is closest to choosing the winning margin wins. Ties are decided by me. Check back to this article Monday night and I will have the winner announced by 10 PM. Here are the standings after my bye week. Conner Overall: 41-9 (.820) Guest Pickers Overall: 33-7 (.825) Saturday, November 14 Kansas Jayhawks (0-9 Overall, 0-6 Big 12) at #15 TCU Horned Frogs (8-1 Overall, 5-1 Big 12) Amon G. Carter Stadium; Forth Worth, TX; 11:00 AM; Fox Sports 1 Nobody should really be shocked that TCU was beaten by Oklahoma State. Yet, every is shocked by it. Just one week after Trevone Boykin had opponent coaches high-fiving him, he laid an egg in Stillwater. The defense finally gave up too much to keep the team in contention. All and all, it was an awful game at the worst time of the year for it to happen for TCU. Basketball season has finally started for Kansas!!! Jayhawks 14, Horned Frogs 52 Texas Longhorns (4-5 Overall, 3-3 Big 12) at West Virginia Mountaineers (4-4 Overall, 1-4 Big 12) Milan Puskar Stadium; Morgantown, WV; 11:00 AM; ESPNU This is a critical game for both teams and both head coaches. For Dana Holgerson, a win over Texas might be enough to take him off the hot seat for the remainder of the year. For Charlie Strong, a loss in this game might be enough to rile up that booster base to demand his departure. Either way, the winner of this team will make a bowl game, the loser will be home for the holidays. Last time Texas played on the road, against Iowa State, they were shutout. This week’s road trip is against a much better opponent. Texas won’t get shutout again, but they also won’t win… Longhorns 24, Mountaineers 35 Kansas State Wildcats (3-5 Overall, 0-5 Big 12) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5 Overall, 2-5 Big 12) Jones AT&T Stadium; Lubbock, TX; 2:30 PM; Fox Sports 1 The Red Raiders close out their home schedule, and unfortunately it is not a night game. That means the there were no night games for Tech this year, an odd schedule quirk, but this is the season with 11 straight games. Odd scheduling quirks are alive and well this season for Tech. Kansas State is a team that is the biggest question mark in the conference. They have yet to win a Big 12 game. The Wildcats did play TCU, Baylor, and Oklahoma State tough this season; losing those games only by a combined 16 points. Oklahoma destroyed them 55-0, and Texas won by 14. Which team will show up? If Tech is going to go to a bowl game, they have to win this one. As uncompetitive as they have been recently, I do not see them winning in Austin on Thanksgiving night… Wildcats 35, Red Raiders 42 #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-0 Overall, 6-0 Big 12) at Iowa State Cyclones (3-6 Overall, 2-4 Big 12) Jack Trice Stadium; Aimes, IO; 2:30 PM; ESPN/watchESPN app This week the Cowboys have a chance to put up a “style points” road win before heading hosting Baylor and Oklahoma in the final weeks of the season. I expect that program to do so. They can sniff being close to a College Football Playoff berth and will be doing everything that they can do to secure it. Sure, Baylor and Oklahoma will get the press, but if the Big 12 is to have a playoff team, the road runs through Stillwater beginning next weekend… Cowboys 45, Cyclones 17 #12 Oklahoma Sooners (8-1 Overall, 5-1 Big 12) at #6 Baylor Bears (8-0 Overall, 5-0 Big 12) Game of the Week McClane Stadium; Waco, TX; 6:00 PM; ABC No game in college football, this week, could have a bigger impact on the potential playoff berths than this game. Since losing to Texas, Oklahoma has been playing some incredible football. Over the course of the past several weeks, they may be playing the best football in the country. However, that loss to a terrible Texas team is still haunting them. Big wins over the next few weeks against Baylor and Okie State would go a long way in erasing that. Baylor just has to keep winning. If they win out, they should be in the College football Playoff. I know what the new polls say, but I don’t put any stock in polls expect the final one. Look at the teams that were in the first few weeks of the College Football Playoff polls last year, not a lot of those teams were there at the end. I’m going with the hotter team in a battle of former Tech quarterback recruits… Sooners 38, Bears 35 Remember, if you want to be the guest picker for next week, comment or tweet @ConnerCrisp your score prediction for Tech-Kansas State. Whoever is closest to choosing the winning margin wins. Ties are decided by me. Check back to this article Monday night and I will have the winner announced by 10 PM.