Like most of the country I am declaring the race for the college football playoff officially over for the Big 12. All hopes were dashed over the weekend when Baylor and West Virginia lost. Even though the Big 12 will not be playing for the national championship there is still plenty of excitement in the final month on conference play. We have four teams in the hunt and they will play out it head to head over next 4 weeks.
Baylor (6-1, 3-1) vs TCU (4-4, 2-3) - Saturday 2:30
Baylor is going to have to pick up the pieces after dropping their first game to Texas over the weekend. TCU is also coming off an emotional loss and desperately needs a win. Patterson has said he is not changing his QB this week so give me Baylor to win by about 10 points.
Kansas (1-7, 0-5) @ West Virginia (6-1, 3-1) - Saturday 6:00
Kansas just took a massive beat down in Norman and now travels to Morgantown for what I assume will be another painful outcome. I don't know about you, but I am certain KU is ready for basketball season so they can get some winter time revenge on everyone in the Big 12.
Kansas State (5-3, 3-2) vs Oklahoma State (6-2, 4-1) - Saturday 2:30
OSU has put themselves in control of their own destiny for a conference championship. If they win out it is a done deal, but the last four games will be nothing short of grueling. After Kansas State the Cowboys will face Texas Tech, TCU, and OU to finish out the season. I think OSU escapes the weekend with a win, but it will be close.
Oklahoma (6-2, 5-0) @ Iowa State (1-7, 0-5) - Thursday 6:30
After absolutely obliterating KU over the weekend OU will travel to Ames, Iowa in what could be a trap game for the Sooners. On paper ISU has zero chance of winning the game, but on the field it is not so cut and dry. Bob Stoops has the challenge after a 56-3 victory to keep his team focused. I think OU wins the game, but it will be close at the half and OU pull away in the fourth quarter.
Texas Tech (4-4, 2-3) @ Texas (4-4, 2-3) - Saturday 11:00
Absolutely a huge game for both programs trying claw their way to a winning record and a bowl berth. The game may not feature any national implications, but a win for either program will be enormous. Be sure to check out VTM for analysis and predictions throughout the week.