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Week 8 Big 12 Conference Roundup

What a wild year it has been in the Big 12 Conference. Heisman Trophy candidates are no longer starting, ranked teams are being beat by conference rivals and there are so many up-and-down games.

This week’s Big 12 games are headlined by two ranked teams, both inside the Top 10. Oklahoma is No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll while Oklahoma State is ranked No. 8.

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Let’s take a look around the Big 12 this week and our college football picks.

Oklahoma at Kansas

Odds: Oklahoma -38½

There is not much to preview in this game, because this one will be over before it even gets started. Oklahoma may have found their new quarterback with Caleb Williams while Kansas … well, they are Kansas.

Oklahoma destroyed TCU 52-31 last week to improve to 7-0. This was a complete performance from start to finish by the Sooners. With Williams getting the late nod to start at quarterback, this Oklahoma team looks to be a threat down the road.

Williams in his first start completed 18 of 23 passes for 295 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns. Williams threw for four scores and ran one in himself. Williams replaced Spencer Rattler who had the best odds at the beginning of the season to win the Heisman Trophy. Rattler has struggled all season and the final straw was getting pulled in the first half of the Texas game.

Rattler may still be used in some capacity but coach Lincoln Riley felt it was best to go in the direction of Williams. Riley had this to say about Williams and the win on Saturday. “Both those guys are into it, helping each other on the sidelines. I’m confident Spencer would have come in here and played well, but Caleb got his opportunity and did a great job with it.”

On the other side of this matchup are the Kansas Jayhawks. There has not been much to write home about for Kansas, other than its Week 1 win against South Dakota. The Jayhawks have been nothing but embarrassing since then and carry a five-game losing streak into this contest.

Barring a miracle, Oklahoma will continue to win and blow out Kansas. Click betnow, to bet this pick.

Kansas State at Texas Tech

Odds: Texas Tech -1

Kansas State comes in reeling with three straight losses. The Wildcats are looking to turn their season around and still be bowl eligible. Texas Tech is in a better position than the Wildcats, but still has much to prove.

Kansas State started off hot at 3-0 but has dropped its last three games. The Wildcats gave Oklahoma a run for their money but came up just short.

The ground game was successful early with Deuce Vaughn but he has been quiet since Week 3. A total of three quarterbacks have received snaps and Skylar Thompson has been the best of the three.

Thompson carries a completion percentage of 68.3 but is unable to avoid the sack, suffering seven so far. To turn things around for the Wildcats, the run game needs to resurface or it will be an unsuccessful season.

Texas Tech is sitting at 5-2 with both losses coming to the two other Texas schools in the Big 12. The Red Raiders lost to Texas in Week 4 and the Horned Frogs of TCU in Week 6. It has been a good year for quarterback Henry Colombi with over 1,000 yards passing.

This week, Texas Tech should continue their good year of performance and win over Kansas State.

Oklahoma State at Iowa State

Odds: Iowa State -7

Oklahoma State comes into this marquee matchup undefeated and at No. 8 in the AP Poll. At 4-2, the Iowa State Cyclones could quietly play their way back into Big 12 title contention.

When was the last time a top-ranked team has been this out-favored in a matchup? The Cowboys have defied all the opposition and have flown under the radar. Quarterback Spencer Sanders has been a big part of this team’s success and has a tough task ahead of him this week against the Cyclones’ defense.

Iowa State has suffered narrow losses to Iowa and Baylor while most of its wins have not been close. Quarterback Brock Purdy has this offense playing at a very high level, with over 1,300 yards and nine passing touchdowns. The Cyclones average 438 yards of total offense.

The defense has been just as impressive, only allowing on average 251.3 yards. The defense has been especially strong in the run game, allowing fewer than 100 yards rushing per game.

Looking at the college football lines, with Iowa State favored and the offensive power it brings, we like the Cyclones to end the impressive run of Oklahoma State.

West Virginia at TCU

Odds: TCU -4½

Both teams have struggled but have a chance to turn things around. TCU comes off a rough week against the new and improved Oklahoma offense, and West Virginia is coming off a bad loss against Baylor 45-20).

West Virginia’s first three losses came by six points or fewer. Jarret Doege has had quite the load with 181 pass attempts, completing 118 for over 1,400 yards.

The West Virginia defense has struggled, allowing an average of 351.3 yards total. The Mountaineers have struggled against the pass, giving up 248.2 yards per game.

TCU got the first taste of Williams as the starter for Oklahoma but will be ready to rebound against West Virginia. TCU has not had many issues with the offensive side of the ball, averaging over 400 yards, but the Horned Frogs are one of the conference’s worst defensive teams.

Max Duggan has played well for TCU, closing in on 1,400 yards. The best stat from Duggan’s season is the 13-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

Looking at the BetUS Sportsbook, with the Horned Frogs favored, TCU is the bet in the Big 12 this week. The offense by TCU is too good and they are ready to rebound vs West Virginia.

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