Setting the Big 12 Table: Week 12

It’s a much better week.


Well, well, well, how the turntables . . .

–Michael Scott, The Office

IOWA STATE (6-4, 4-3)
OKLAHOMA (9-1, 6-1)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 20th @ 11:00 am
Line: Oklahoma -5.0
Commentary: Two teams coming off of two disappointing losses (probably). I don’t get Iowa State. They were a top 15 offense AND defense and they just didn’t play with any urgency. At all. Meanwhile in the Sooner state, Oklahoma has quarterback issues. Strange when you have to develop your own quarterback talent, there are ups and downs. It’s sort of the process. Iowa State having to be on the road this late in the season this late in the year probably doesn’t bode well for them, especially if some of those main defenders are still going to be out. I don’t know what to think about Oklahoma, especially with Lincoln Riley complaining about Dave Aranda kicking field goals to end the game, but if I remember correctly, Lincoln was throwing bombs against Texas Tech late, so . . . if the shoe fits.

TEXAS (4-6, 2-5)
WEST VIRGINIA (4-6, 2-5)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 20th @ 11:00 am
Line: West Virginia -2.0
Commentary: What kind of crazy world do we live in where Texas Tech has a better record than the Longhorns? At this point in the season, I don’t trust anyone, but I do think that West Virginia plays well at home, or they play teams closer at home than on the road. West Virginia has really taken a step back this year, although I think they actually have a really good recruiting class and my thought is that they need a more dynamic quarterback and maybe a more dynamic offense. I don’t know what ails Texas, but giving up 50 to Kansas is just unacceptable. I would say that this is the first time that the Texas defensive coordinator has gone against Big 12 teams and it just hits different.

KANSAS (2-8, 1-6)
TCU (4-6, 2-5)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 20th @ 3:00 pm
TV: Big 12/ESPN+
Line: TCU -21.5
Commentary: I think that Kansas had a helluva game to beat Texas. You just don’t see a 30 point underdogs go on the road and win games. That just doesn’t happen. I’d tell you that it was one-in-a-lifetime sort of event and I wouldn’t think that it would happen again this week in Ft. Worth. I I think I read that Kansas was playing with a third-string quarterback and they also didn’t go for the tie. They went for the win. That says something about the coach and having faith in players and that’s a big deal. I have faith that TCU is still a well-coached team on defense and don’t see Kansas scoring in the 50’s. Regardless, congrats to the Jayhawks on beating Texas.

BAYLOR (8-2, 5-2)
KANSAS STATE (7-3, 4-3)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 20th @ 4:30 pm
Line: EVEN
Commentary: This might be the best game of the week. Kansas State has been on a roll and they hammered West Virginia last week by 17 and looked pretty good doing it, largely behind the strong legs of Deuce Vaughn. Baylor’s strong win at home against Oklahoma exposed OU for what they were, which is that they’ve been a very good team, but not a great team. So many close games. Baylor has been very consistent, but Kansas State has been so good at home and they won’t make the same mistakes that OU made last week.

TEXAS TECH (6-4, 3-4)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 20th @ 7:00 pm
Line: Oklahoma State -10.5
Commentary: Am I crazy to think that Oklahoma State is the best team in the Big 12? They’ve whipped everyone so far, including demolishing TCU 63-17 last week at home. They are absolutely rolling on offense, Spencer Sanders isn’t turning the ball over as much, Dominic Richardson is running the heck out of the ball and the defense is by far the best defense in the Big 12. Texas Tech’s surprise win over Iowa State was fun as hell and I think that Cumby learned a little bit, which is that relying on a 62-yard field goal may not be the best way to manage a game. I get Cumbie’s thought process, which is that sometimes you need to go for touchdowns, but knowing when to knowing when to walk way, or when to run is incredibly important. I do know that Post outside linebacker Isaiah Crawford (6-4/210) committed last night. That’s now 4 commitment posts I need to do since Joey McGuire was hired. I hope to do at least 2 while watching the game night, but I’m not promising anything.


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