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Texas Tech, Big 12 Previews & Predictions: Week 14

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We get your head right for the final week of Big 12 play!

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

IT! IS! OVER! Texas Tech finally defeated Texas for the first time since the Michael Crabtree catch in 2008, and won in Austin for the first time since 1997. Yes, Texas is absolutely dreadful this year, and Tech should have won this game. BUT this is a great win for a Texas Tech program that is still rebuilding. This gives Coach Kingsbury another feather in his hat when it comes to recruiting. Couple this road win with the road win at Arkansas and you can see that progress is being made to bring this program back to the level of contention in the Leach era.

Two senior players had a huge (and historic) impact Thanksgiving night and I would be remiss to not mention them. DeAndre Washington had already become the first Tech running back to rush for 1000+ yards in back to back seasons since the late 1990s, and he added more many more hard earned yards to it. His playmaking ability really helped Tech control, and put away, the Texas game and in many of Tech’s wins. All Jakeem "The Dream" Grant did on Thursday night was turn in two plays that ended up being ESPN Sportscenter’s #1 and #2 Top 10 plays of the day. As if that was not enough, he also surpassed Michael Crabtree as Tech’s all-time leading yards receiver. Both of these players have been very exciting to watch and Tech fans will miss their explosive playmaking ability in the future. However, they do have one more game to go. That game might just be a bowl matchup against Texas A&M…

If you want to be the guest picker for the bowl season, comment below with your favorite memory of Texas Tech football. It could be anything from the time you rushed the field after a big win, picked up a cute date for a game at the Double T Bench, or just simply enjoying watching/listening to a game with family, friends, or driving around for work. I know all answers will be special, so the only fair way for me to choose a guest picker will be writing responders names on a slip of paper and drawing from my Texas Tech hat. Good luck!

Last week, @kchantx21 and I had the same game picks. We both went 4-1, the loss being TCU beating Baylor. This Michael Hagood is the guest picker. Good luck!

Conner Overall: 53-11 (.828)

Guest Pickers Overall: 41-8 (.837)

Saturday, December 5

Texas Longhorns (4-7 Overall, 3-5 Big 12) at #12 Baylor Bears (9-2 Overall, 6-2 Big 12)

McClane Stadium; Waco, TX; 11:00AM; ESPN/ESPN3/WatchESPN app/ ESPN the Ocho

What a disappointing season for both these teams. For Texas, Charlie Strong stated after last season that 5-7 was an unacceptable record and would not happen again with all the resources that Texas’ has. For Baylor, being on the precipice of a 10 win season is great for a program, except for the fact that they thought that they would be in the hunt for a College Football Playoff berth. Being good Baptists, Baylor will not let Charlie Strong be a liar about the 5-7 statement. Instead, they will drop his teams’ record to 4-8… Longhorns 24, Bears 48

West Virginia Mountaineers (7-4 Overall, 4-4 Big 12) at Kansas State Wildcats (5-6 Overall, 2-6 Big 12) Game of the Week

Bill Snyder Family Stadium; Manhattan, KS; 3:30PM; Fox Sports 1

Dana Holgerson’s crew has the opportunity to do two things in this game. 1. Finish with a winning record in Big 12 play for the second year in a row. 2. They can, potentially, stop KSU from going to a bowl game. I say potentially, because there are 40 bowls that need 80 teams to play. Typically, you need a .500 record to be eligible for a bowl. This year is different because we know that at least 2 teams will be invited to a bowl game with a sub .500 record, with that number possibly expanding up to 5 based upon the outcome of this and other games around the country. With the NCAA’s ruling on this issue, Kansas State would be one of those teams in the running for a bowl game, with a loss in this game. In print, the easiest option would be for KSU to win this game outright and give the Big 12 it’s 7th bowl eligible team. However, WVU might not allow that to happen. Tough game to choose, but give me the home team, with more at stake… Mountaineers 24, Wildcats 27

OFF: #3 Oklahoma Sooners (Congrats to that university and their fanbase on the Big 12 title and what BETTER be a CFP berth), #17 Oklahoma State Cowboys, #11 TCU Horned Frogs, #12 Baylor Bears, Iowa State Cyclones, Kansas Jayhawks, and your Texas Tech Red Raiders

If you want to be the guest picker for the bowl season, comment below with your favorite memory of Texas Tech football. It could be anything from the time you rushed the field after a big win, picked up a cute date for a game at the Double T Bench, or just simply enjoying watching/listening to a game with family, friends, or driving around for work. I know all answers will be special, so the only fair way for me to choose a guest picker will be writing responders names on a slip of paper and drawing from my Texas Tech hat. Good luck!