Week 9 Preview: Big 12

A limited weekend of action doesn’t always equate to a lack of good games. There are only three games in the Big 12 today but they will all have an impact on a tight conference race. Four of the top five teams are playing and the aftermath could result in another standings shakeup.

Texas (3-4, 2-2) at No. 11 Kansas State (5-1,3-0)

Kickoff: 12:00 PM (ET) Line: K-State -10    O/U: 48

The Longhorns have yet to win back-to-back games this season but after last week’s 48-45 win over Iowa State they’ll have another opportunity. They’ll have to pull it off away from home though where they’ve only played one true road game.

Key Matchup: Texas offense vs. K-State defense. Points haven’t come easy for the Longhorns this season. Texas ranks 103rd nationally in scoring and the Wildcats rank 43rd in scoring defense.

Score Prediction: Kansas State 31 – Texas 24

No. 22 West Virginia (5-2, 3-1) at Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1)

Kickoff: 3:30 PM (ET)   Line: OSU -1   O/U: 65

This is a shake-up game in the standings with both teams having identical records. The Cowboys limped back to Stillwater after suffering a 42-9 loss at TCU last week. Now the Mountaineers are licking their chops to play against an O-State defense that gave up 676 yards of offense last week.

Key Matchup: Clint Trickett vs. the O-State defense. Trickett is the triggerman for the nation’s sixth ranked passing attack. After leading the Mountaineers to an upset win over Baylor last week he’ll face an OSU team that is ranked last in the conference in pass defense.

Score Prediction: West Virginia 34 – Oklahoma State 31

Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3) at No. 10 TCU (5-1, 2-1)

Kickoff: 2:30 (ET)   Line: TCU -23   O/U: 71.5

TCU is one of the teams that sits in control of its own destiny thanks to West Virginia’s upset of Baylor last week. A win over the struggling Red Raiders keeps them in good position before they take a trip to Morgantown next week.

Key Matchup: Trevone Boykin vs. the Texas Tech defense. At the heart of the Red Raiders’ problems this season is a defense that is giving up 36.9 points per game. Boykin is the best dual-threat quarterback in the conference and this matchup will decide the game.

Score Prediction: TCU 42 – Texas Tech 27

*Section Photo credit to Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Tim Heitman, USA Today Sports

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