Big 12 Preview: Week Twelve

Big 12 Preview: Week Twelve

The Big 12 heads into the home stretch with four Saturday games.

TURNOVERS NO TREAT

Just three league teams (Kansas State, Iowa State and Texas) have a positive turnover margin this year. Oklahoma and West Virginia are even, while Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Baylor all have negative turnover margins.


OFFENSE CONTINUES

The Big 12's 457.5 yards per game is on track to be the highest among FBS leagues over the last five seasons, bettering the 453.3 mark by the Conference in 2011. This season also marks the third straight in which the Conference is averaging over 30 points a game, and the fourth out of five seasons. The Big 12 leads all leagues in points per game (35.7), touchdowns per game (4.59), passing TDs per game (2.29) and rushing TDs per game (2.00).


ALIGNED

The top five teams in the league standings are all riding winning streaks, while the bottom five are all on a losing skid. That will change this week as Iowa State and Kansas square off in the bottom five, while Texas Tech and Oklahoma State battle for fourth in the league.


PICKS

  • Texas Tech invades Oklahoma State with positioning for a good bowl on the line. The Red Raiders have a solid defense, but the Pokes' balance and home field give them the edge.

  • I spent less time analyzing this game than I did writing this paragraph. Iowa State wins.

  • West Virginia desperately needs a win. Playing Oklahoma probably isn't the best recipe for getting one. The Sooners continue to build for a possible at-large BCS berth.

  • Baylor will try to lay a trap for visiting Kansas State, but the Bears just don't have enough weapons to snare the Wildcats.


    BAYLOR
    (4-5, 1-5)
    vs. Kansas State
    Sat 11/17
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    ESPN
    Baylor's 58-yard field goal in the first quarter vs. Oklahoma was its longest since a 58-yarder on Oct. 12, 1991.

    Baylor's 5,076 yards of total offense this season are the third-most in program history. The Bears' 3,309 passing yards are also the thirdhighest in a single season in school history.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    IOWA STATE
    (5-5, 2-5)
    at Kansas
    Sat 11/17
    7:00 E / 7:00 C
    FSN
    Safety Durrell Givins is tied for the nation's lead in takeaways. His national-best five fumble recoveries and three interceptions give him eight takeaways in 10 games.

    Iowa State is allowing just 22.60 points per game, ranking 34th nationally and third in the Big 12. The Cyclones have held every opponent under its current scoring offense average.

    Sirius/XM: 117/202


    KANSAS
    (1-9, 0-7)
    vs. Iowa State
    Sat 11/17
    7:00 E / 7:00 C
    FSN
    Kansas rushed for 390 yards against Texas Tech, the most its ever gained in a Big 12 game and the most since rushing for 418 against UAB in 1994.

    HB Tony Pierson rushed for 202 yards in the game, the most rushing yards by a Jayhawk since Reggie Duncan rushed for 227 yards against Texas Tech in 2001.

    Sirius/XM: 117/202


    KANSAS STATE
    (10-0,7-0)
    at Baylor
    Sat 11/17
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    ESPN
    The win over TCU gave the Wildcats back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 2002 and 2003, and moved them to 7-0 in league play for just the second time in school history.

    The K-State defense held TCU to its fewest points scored in a game since the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, and fewest ever at home under Gary Patterson. history.

    Sirius/XM: 113


    OKLAHOMA
    (7-2, 5-1)
    at West Virginia
    Sat 11/17
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    FOX
    Oklahoma has averaged 46.6 ppg in its seven wins and has won 37 of its last 39 games when scoring 30 points or more.

    OU is seeking to win six straight Big 12 games in the same season for the first time since posting a seven-game streak in 2008.

    Sirius/XM: 128/197


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    (6-3, 4-2)
    vs. Texas Tech
    Sat 11/17
    3:30 E / 2:30 C
    ABC
    With his kickoff return for touchdown against West Virginia, Justin Gilbert is now tied for the Big 12 record with former Kansas State returner Brandon Banks with five.

    OSU had five scoring drives of two minutes or less vs.WVU, giving it 33 such drives on the season and marking the 36th-straight game the Cowboys have recorded a scoring drive in under two minutes.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    TEXAS
    (7-2, 4-2)
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Thu 11/22
    vs. TCU
    Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis each posted 100 receiving yards against Iowa State. It marked the 13th time in school history and second time this season that feat occurred.

    Texas recorded 600 yards or more of total offense for the second time this season. The Longhorns have posted more than 400 yardss of total offense in eight of their 10 games.


    TCU
    (6-4, 3-4)
    Open Date
    Next Game
    Thu 11/22
    at Texas
    TCU held Kansas State to its lowest point total of the season, giving up 23 points. K-State's previous low was in a 24-19 win at Oklahoma.

    The Horned Frogs scored in their 252nd consecutive game. It's the third-longest active streak in the nation and eighth in NCAA history.


    TEXAS TECH
    (7-3, 4-3)
    at Oklahoma St
    Sat 11/17
    3:30 E / 2:30 C
    ABC/ESPN2
    QB Seth Doege became the first Red Raider to throw for at least 300 yards in five consecutive Big 12 games since 2008 when Graham Harrell had six straight.

    Texas Tech is now 2-0 this season in overtime games and has won four straight dating back to a 44-41 win over Minnesota in the 2006 Insight Bowl.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    WEST VIRGINIA
    (5-3, 2-3)
    vs. Oklahoma
    Sat 11/17
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    FOX
    WR Stedman Bailey tied the WVU single-game record with 14 catches against Oklahoma State. Tavon Austin set the record in the win over Baylor on Sept. 29.

    With three touchdowns vs. Oklahoma State, QB Geno Smith owns 91 career touchdowns and ranks No. 2 on the WVU touchdowns responsible for chart behind Pat White (2005-08).

    Sirius/XM: 128/197

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