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Big 12 Rundown: Kansas State Looking to Clinch A Spot in Conference Title Game

Last-Place Iowa State Looks To Upset Undefeated TCU

There is still going to be plenty to play for as the Big 12 regular season comes to an end.

Texas Christian has already clinched a spot in the conference title game. However, if the Horned Frogs want to hold onto the fourth and final spot in the College Football Playoffs field, they can’t afford to slip.

Big 12 Rundown: Kansas State Looking to Clinch A Spot in Conference Title Game
Will Howard #18 of the Kansas State Wildcats - Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP

Either Kansas State or Texas will meet the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 title game with Kansas State getting in with a win or a loss by Texas. Kansas State moved up three spots to No. 12 in the latest CFP rankings and the Wildcats are also in the top 15 in both national polls.

According to the college football odds, TCU (+1400) is fourth in the odds to win the national championship.

Here is a breakdown of the games in the final week of what has been an unpredictable season in the regular season in the Big 12.

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Game of the Week

Kansas vs Kansas State

  • Game, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • Line: Kansas State -12

There is plenty on the line in this rivalry game.

Kansas State (8-3, 6-2 in the Big 12) can secure a spot in the Big 12 title game for the first time since 2003 with a win or a loss by Texas. With the Longhorns playing Baylor on Friday night, the Wildcats will know exactly what the situation is before they hit the field.

For Kansas (6-5, 3-5), a victory would clinch the first winning season for the Jayhawks since 2008.

The game features a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Deuce Vaughn of Kansas State has 1,148 yards while Devin Neal of Kansas has 1,002 yards. Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez, who is second on the Wildcats with 615 rushing yards, will miss the game.

Kansas State defensive end Brendan Mott is coming off a three-sack performance.

Kansas State is going after its 14th straight win in a series that dates back to 1902. The Wildcats have outscored the Jayhawks 128-34 in the last three meetings.

Both teams are 7-3-1 against the college football odds this season.

Each of the five road games played by Kansas have finished over the total. The total is currently at 62½ for this matchup.

Rest of the Schedule

Baylor vs Texas

  • Date, time (TV): Friday, Nov. 25, 12 noon ET (ESPN)
  • Line: Baylor -8½

Texas can put the pressure on Kansas State with a win against the defending Big 12 champion Bears. Since Texas owns a win over Kansas State, the Longhorns would land a spot in the Big 12 title game with a win and loss by Kansas State.

The Longhorns (7-4, 5-3) are coming off an impressive 55-14 win over Kansas behind 243 yards by Big 12 rushing leader Bijan Robinson. Baylor is third in the conference in rushing defense. Texas receiver Roschon Johnson is for the game.

Baylor (6-5, 4-4) has had some turnover issues as the Bears are -5 in turnover margin in the five losses and +6 in the six wins.

Each of the last nine games between Baylor and Texas have finished under the total. The total is currently set at 56, the lowest in the series since 2017.

Both teams are 7-4 against the spread this season.

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West Virginia vs Oklahoma State

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 12 noon ET (ESPN2)
  • Line: Oklahoma State -8½

There’s not too much riding on this game. Oklahoma State’s hopes of returning to the Big 12 title game ended with last week’s loss to Oklahoma. The Cowboys can wrap up a perfect record at home with a victory.

West Virginia (4-7, 2-6) is guaranteed to have a losing record for the third time in head coach Neal Brown’s four seasons. The Mountaineers are just 1-4 on the road this season.

For Oklahoma State (7-4, 4-4) Spencer Sanders is coming off a tough effort with four interceptions in a loss to rival Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State has won seven games in a row against West Virginia with the Cowboys covering in six of those matchups.

After games with 89 and 86 points being scored, each of the last three contests in the series went under the total.

The total has gone under in four of West Virginia’s five road games. The total is set at 64 for this game.

Oklahoma State defensive end Tyler Lacy (27 tackles) and safety Thomas Harper (30 tackles) are among the players listed as questionable for the game for the Cowboys. West Virginia’s third-leading receiver and leader with a seven-touchdown catch Kaden Prather is also questionable for the game.

Iowa State vs Texas

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. ET (FOX)
  • Line: Texas Christian -10

TCU goes after a perfect regular season when the Horned Frogs play host to the last-place team in the Big 12.

The Horned Frogs (11-0, 8-0) have found ways to win as they have trailed in the second half five times in the last seven games. This is a game when they are expecting to put things away early on.

Iowa State (4-7, 1-7) will be able to play pressure free and look for plenty of action for Xavier Hutchinson as he leads the country with 105 receptions and is fifth with 1.160 receiving yards. He is the lone bright spot during a tough season offensively for an Iowa State team that saw quarterback Brock Purdy, running back Breece Hall, and tight end Charlie Kolar head off to the NFL.

TCU’s Kendre Miller had his run of 100-yard games end at five as he was held to 41 yards on 10 carries against Baylor. He will look to get going again.

Just two of Iowa State’s 11 games have finished over the total and all four road games going under the total. The total has finished under the total in each of the last seven Iowa State contests.

The Cyclones have covered five of the last six meetings with Texas Christian.

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
  • Line: Oklahoma -2

The Sooners (6-5, 3-5) were expected to compete for the Big 12 title but now need a win just to guarantee themselves a winning record in Brent Venables’s first season as the head coach.

Texas Tech (6-5, 4-4) is 5-1 at home and will look to add another home victory.

The Sooners own wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State, who were both ranked at the time of the games. They also lost to West Virginia and were blown out by Texas. Let’s see what they have in store for Texas Tech.

Eric Gray is second in the Big 12 in rushing with 1,201 yards and Dillon Gabriel is second in the conference in passing efficiency for Oklahoma.

The game features the top two tacklers in the Big 12. Oklahoma’s Danny Stutsman has 100 tackles and Texas Tech’s Krishon Merriweather has 96 stops.

Oklahoma has won 10 games in a row against Texas Tech with the Sooners scoring more than 50 points in six of those matchups.

The total has gone over in each of the last five times that Oklahoma played at Texas Tech. The total is at 64 for this matchup.

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