Big 12 Review – Week 14


Texas Tech WR Bradley Marquez had 6 receptions for 130 yards and 3 TD against Baylor on Saturday, but this catch, originally a TD, was ruled incomplete after video review. Texas Tech's late 29-6 charge brought them close, but Baylor won 48-46. (Washington Post)

Texas Tech WR Bradley Marquez had 6 receptions for 130 yards and 3 TD against Baylor on Saturday, but this catch, originally ruled a TD catch, was overturned after video review. Texas Tech’s late 29-6 charge brought them close, but Baylor won 48-46. (Washington Post)

The Big 12 Conference made a controversial announcement this week, that Baylor and TCU would be crowned co-champions with identical conference marks if they both win this week.  Baylor handed TCU their lone loss of the year, 61-58 on Oct. 11, but the Horned Frogs are ahead of the Bears in the CFB Playoff Rankings.

No. 7 Baylor played unranked and non-Bowl eligible Texas Tech on Saturday in their annual rivalry game in Arlington.  This matchup is typically entertaining and this year was no different.  Baylor QB Bryce Petty went 18-25, 210 yards and 2 TD before getting hurt.  After Petty’s departure, the Red Raiders exploded.  Down 42-17 with 6:44 to play in the 3rd, Texas Tech outscored the Bears 29-6 through the remainder of the game, but failed to convert the 2-point conversion on two occasions.  With nothing to lose in this game, the Red Raiders were almost able to ruin Baylor’s season.  If Ryan Bustin’s 2nd quarter Field Goal doesn’t miss, Baylor’s chances at a Big 12 Championship are likely gone as are their playoff aspirations.

No. 5 TCU dominated Texas in Austin on Thanksgiving night.  Trevone Boykin passed for 233 yards as the Horned Frogs rolled to an easy 48-10 win.  This put TCU at 2-0 at Texas on Thanksgiving since Texas A&M left for the SEC.  TCU now sits at 10-1 and Texas finished their first season under Charlie Strong at 6-6 and await the bowl bids to come out on Sunday.  TCU just has to avoid an upset at home against Iowa State after jumping Florida State in the CFB Playoff Rankings.

Kansas State steamrolled Kansas at home on Saturday setting up a showdown with Baylor and West Virginia beat Iowa State.


Week 14 Results:

No. 5 TCU 48, Texas 10

No. 7 Baylor 48, Texas Tech 46

No. 12 Kansas State 51, Kansas 13

West Virginia 37, Iowa State 24

Week 14 Record: 4-0

2014 Record: 55-8


Week 15 Predictions:

No. 20 Oklahoma over Oklahoma State – Bedlam is in Norman this year and Oklahoma State is falling apart at the seams.  It seems like Mike Gundy is headed out of Stillwater after this season and it doesn’t get better with DB coach Van Malone taking the defensive coordinator position at SMU starting next week.  Last week, The Oklahoman published an article about a rift between Gundy and famous booster Boone Pickens.  Kickoff set for 2:30 on Fox Sports 1.

No. 3 TCU over Iowa State – The best offense in the conference, arguable in the country, against arguably the worst team in the Big 12.  Trevone Boykin could potentially put up video game numbers in this game, but the Horned Frogs need to tread lightly to avoid a massive upset destroying their playoff aspirations.  This game will be on ABC at 11 a.m.

No. 6 Baylor over No. 9 Kansas State – Bryce Petty returns from his injury that knocked him out of the game against Texas Tech last week.  Petty’s return should give the Bears an edge over the Wildcats, giving the Playoff Selection Committee a tough time before Sunday’s rankings are released.  Jake Waters has the potential to pull off the win on the road with ESPN College Gameday and ESPNU Road Trip in town, but I’m taking Baylor in a close one, on ESPN at 6:45.

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