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Big 12 Rundown: Unlikely Showdown for Top Spot

Oklahoma State-Texas, Kansas-Baylor Also Worth Watching

Things keep getting more intriguing in the Big 12 Conference. With two matchups between ranked teams, Week 8 has a chance to be a week to remember.

The winner of the Kansas State-Texas Christian game will have sole possession of first place in the conference, while Texas and Oklahoma State meet knowing that the loser of that game will fall two games out of first place in the Big 12 standings.

Big 12 Rundown: Unlikely Showdown for Top Spot
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Kansas, one of the darlings of the college football world, will look to avoid a three-game losing streak when the Jayhawks travel to meet defending Big 12 champion Baylor.

Don’t be shocked to see plenty of points when West Virginia and Texas Tech get together.

Oklahoma and Iowa State, who are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, both have much-needed bye weeks.

TCU moved up seven spots in the American Football Coaches Association poll and five slots in the Associated Press ranking and is eighth in both national polls. Oklahoma State is currently at No. 11 followed by Kansas State (17th in both rankings) and Texas (20th in the AP ranking and 21st in the coaches poll).

Texas (+165) has the best odds to win the Big 12 title according to the sportsbook followed by TCU (+220) and Kansas State (+285).

The college football playoff odds have Texas Christian (+8000) tied for eighth in the odds to win the national title.

Let’s check the latest NCAAF picks, stats, injury reports, and NCAAF predictions. We’ve plenty of NCAAF expert picks for you to consider.

Game of the Week

Kansas State Wildcats vs TCU Horned Frogs

  • Game, time (TV): Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. (FS1)
    • Line: TCU -3½

Yet another tussle for undefeated TCU to deal with. Both Kansas State (5-1) and TCU (6-0) are 3-0 in conference play so the winner of this game will have sole possession of first place in the Big 12.

TCU is coming off hard-earned wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State. Max Duggan threw for two scores and ran for another against the Cowboys.

Duggan could see plenty of Felix Anudike-Uzomah, who leads the Big 12 with 6½ sacks.

The game features three of the top five rushers in the conference. Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn has 661 yards and quarterback Adrian Martinez has 546. They have combined for 12 TD runs. TCU’s Kendre Miller had 578 yards and eight touchdown runs.

Kansas State has won the last three matchups with TCU, although two of them have finished as one-score games. Each of the last six meetings went under the college football betting lines total.

Rest of the Schedule

Kansas vs Baylor

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Oct. 22, Noon ET (ESPN2)
    • Line: Baylor -7½

Seeing defending Big 12 champion Baylor (3-3, 1-2) tied for sixth in the conference standings seems a bit surreal. The Bears are coming off a stunning loss to West Virginia when Baylor allowed a season-high 500 yards.

There was nothing wrong with the offense as the Bears rolled up 590 yards, the most against an FBS opponent since a 2018 bowl game against Vanderbilt.

Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen’s status for this game is up in the air. The passing offense struggled when Kyron Drones came in for Shapen against West Virginia.

Kansas (5-2, 2-2) knows something about injured quarterbacks. Jalon Daniels missed last week’s loss to Oklahoma and has thrown just 24 passes over the last three games.

Jason Bean is completing 64% of his passes, but he does not offer the running threat that Daniels does.

Baylor is going after its lucky 13th straight win against Kansas. The Bears have covered against the college football odds in 11 of those victories. Over the last three years, Baylor has outscored Kansas 153-27.

West Virginia vs Texas Tech

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m. ET
    • Line: Texas Tech -7

Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in passing offense, averaging 365 yards per game. The Red Raiders attempt the most passes (50.7) of any team in the country. Texas Tech has thrown the most interceptions (10) and committed the most turnovers (13) of any team in the conference. However, West Virginia is tied for the conference low with six takeaways.

West Virginia’s J.T. Daniels is attempting the second-most passes in the Big 12.

Keep an eye on the Texas Tech quarterback situation with Donovan Smith only attempting one pass in the loss to Oklahoma State. The bye week allowed Smith to get healthier. The Red Raiders could have three proven QBs to call upon with Smith joined by Behren Morton and Tyler Shough.

Something to consider for those who bet online: Texas Tech has won three in a row against West Virginia and covered in each of those contests.

Texas vs Oklahoma State

  • Date, time (TV): Saturday, Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
    • Line: Texas -6½

In almost any other week, this would be the game of the week in the Big 12.

Neither Texas (5-2, 3-1) nor Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1) can afford another loss in conference play.

Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders leads the conference with an average of 273.2 passing yards per game. However, he is completing just 58.5% of his passes.

Quinn Ewers has seven TD passes and only one interception in the two games since he returned to action for Texas.

The Cowboys lead the conference with 54 tackles for loss and are tied for the conference lead with 17 sacks. Tyler Lacy leads the way with 8½ TFLs and he is one of four Oklahoma State players with three sacks.

Texas has only allowed nine sacks in seven games.

Oklahoma State has won five of the last seven meetings with Texas. However, the last time the teams met in Stillwater, it was visiting Texas coming away with the seven-point win in 2020 when listed as a 3½-point underdog.

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