Big 12 Review – Week 12

Patrick Mahomes (5) started in place of Davis Webb for Texas Tech on Saturday who missed his second straight start.  The Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma who came from behind in the 2nd half. (Blox Images)

Patrick Mahomes (5) started in place of Davis Webb for Texas Tech on Saturday who missed his second straight start. The Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma who came from behind in the 2nd half. (Blox Images)

It was a light week in the Big 12 that featured only one surprise.

Kansas came out and held a lead on TCU.  That is correct, Kansas held a lead on TCU longer than anybody else has in the Big 12 with the exception of West Virginia.  Not to sound like a coach, but the resiliency TCU showed is why they are at No. 5 in the College Football Playoff Rankings.  The Horned Frogs control their own destiny and may make the inaugural playoff without winning the Big 12, which is Baylor’s if the Bears and TCU both win out.

Texas made Oklahoma State look like a glorified high school team at times on Saturday in Stillwater.  On Senior Night, the Pokes were frankly just embarrassed from the start when Texas jumped to a 14-0 lead.  Oklahoma State failed to score until the 4th quarter, and will now likely miss a bowl game for the first time since 2005 which was Mike Gundy’s first season as coach.  Things have gone from bad to worse this morning with the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman and Bleacher Report all announcing that Daxx Garman is likely to miss Saturday’s game at Baylor due to concussion symptoms and that Mason Rudolph’s redshirt would be burned on Game 11.

Texas Tech held a lead late in the 3rd on Saturday against Oklahoma who was without Trevor Knight, however the Sooners came back to win despite Patrick Mahomes gaining 393 yards through the air for the Red Raiders.

Week 12 Results

No. 4 TCU 34, Kansas 30

Oklahoma 42, Texas Tech 30

Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7

Week 12 Record: 3-0

2014 Record: 47-8

Week 13 Predictions

No. 12 Kansas State over West Virginia – The Wildcats play their second Thursday game of the season (the other was a loss to Auburn at home) on the road.  When it comes to defensive containment, I feel like the Wildcats hold the advantage and that K-State can hold West Virginia to minimal yardage.  Jake Waters needs to operate the offense a little bit more methodical though, to rush the Mountaineer attack.  Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT on Fox Sports 1.

No. 21 Oklahoma over Kansas – Kansas gave TCU trouble last week at home, but this week the Jayhawks travel to Norman to play the Sooners.  Even with Trevor Knight still out for OU, this should still be a Sooner win on Fox Sports 1 Saturday at 11 a.m.

Texas Tech over Iowa State – Both of these teams are bad and this will likely be the conference’s least watched game this week.  While Texas Tech has been bad this season, Iowa State is young and not as strong as Tech.  I’m curious to see whether Davis Webb or if Kliff Kingsbury keeps Mahomes under center, with the Raiders officially ineligible for a bowl.  This game kicks at 2:30 on Fox Sports Networks.

No. 7 Baylor over Oklahoma State – Things got easier for Baylor this morning when the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman and Bleacher Report announced Freshman Mason Rudolph will likely start in Waco on Saturday and burn his redshirt due to Daxx Garman’s inability to practice this week courtesy of concussion symptoms.  The only thing that can keep the Cowboys in this game is the dual-threat factor of Rudolph who has a cannon with great speed.  Look for Baylor QB Bryce Petty to have an explosive performance in McLane Stadium on Fox at 6 p.m.

Idle: No. 5 TCU, Texas

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