Big 12 Preview: Week Twelve

Big 12 Preview: Week Twelve

Eight teams are in action in the league's final week, with every bowl slot still up from grabs.

RECORD BOWLS

The Big 12's 90% bowl eligibility mark is the highest in college football history.


OUTSIDE THE BOUNDS

If the Big 12 only sends one team to a BCS level bowl, then the league will have one more bowl eligible team than it has contracted slots for. With other leagues not filling out all of their slots, however, that "last" team will still have a bowl trip on its schedule. The Independence Bowl (ACC vs. SEC) is one possible destination for a Big 12 squad.

Either Oklahoma or Kansas State will represent the league in the BCS, and both could earn spots if each wins its game on Saturday and Northern Illinois knocks off Kent State in the MAC title game.

Currently, 71 teams are bowl eligible, and at least two more could become eligible with wins this weekend.


GROUND NOISE

The Big 12 is the only league averaging more than two rushing scores (2.02 per contest) and two passing scores (2.32) per game.


FEW CUPCAKES

The Big 12 is the lone league with 100% of its teams in the top 61 for FBS strength of schedule, based on cumulative opposition. The combined opposition of every Big 12 team has a winning percentage of over .500. Every loss by Big 12 teams has been to bowl-eligible teams.


PICKS

  • Baylor has played better in recent weeks, but it probably doesn't have enough to fend off visiting Oklahoma State, which is still smarting from its overtime loss in Bedlam. No matter what QB the Cowboys put on the field, they still roll up offensive numbers, making them the pick.

  • Oklahoma travels to TCU, and shouldn't suffer a letdown despite the excitement of last week's defeat of OSU. The Sooners have defensive issues, but the Horned Frogs don't have the weapons to take advantage of them.

  • Disappointing West Virginia hosts moribund Kansas. The Mountaineers are playing for the chance to spend bowl time in San Diego over some less attractive locations. Kansas is playing to avoid a winless Big 12 season. WVU has more offensive talent, and KU has the stouter defense. West Virginia gets the nod in a game that will be closer than the oddsmakers predict.

  • Outside of West Virginia, Texas might be the most vexing team in the league. Last week's loss just adds to the mystery, but this week's game won't offer any puzzles. K-State's off week provided plenty of time for the Wildcats to stew, and they'll take it out on the Longhorns.


    BAYLOR
    (6-5, 3-5)
    vs. Oklahoma State
    Sat 11/24
    12:00 E / 11:00 C
    FX
    The Bears have had at least 400 yards of offense in every game and over 600 yards in five games this season.

    The Baylor defense has at least one interception in five straight games and eight games this season.

    Sirius/XM: 92/190


    IOWA STATE
    (6-6, 3-6)
    Regular Season Complete Next Game
    Bowl TBD
     
    QB Sam Richardson rushed for a career-high 119 yards against West Virginia. It was ISU's second 100-yard rushing effort of the season.

    LB A.J. Klein recorded a season-high 14 tackles against the Mountaineers, marking his fourth double-digit effort of the year and 16th of his career.


    KANSAS
    (1-10, 0-8)
    at West Virginia
    Sat 12/1
    2:30 E / 1:30 C
    FSN
    Senior OL Tanner Hawkinson set a KU record with his 47th consecutive start in the ISU game. He passed Hessley Hempstead who started 46-straight from 1991-94.

    HB Tony Pierson's 55-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the fourth-straight game that Kansas has had a rush of 55 yards or more.

    Sirius/XM: 117/202


    KANSAS STATE
    (10-1,7-1)
    vs. Texas
    Sat 12/1
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    ABC
    QB Collin Klein became the first quarterback at a BCS school to record 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.

    Redshirt freshman defensive back Dante Barnett, making his first career start, had 14 tackles (13 solo), at Baylor.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    OKLAHOMA
    (9-2, 7-1)
    at TCU
    Sat 12/1
    12:00 E / 11:00 C
    ESPN
    QB Landry Jones is first in Big 12 history and third in NCAA history in career passing yards with 16,124 yards. The senior also tops the Big 12 with 15,756 yards of total offense.

    Jones became the first player in Oklahoma history to register backto- back 500-yard passing games and owns all three of the 500-yard games in school history.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    OKLAHOMA STATE
    (7-4, 5-3)
    at Baylor
    Sat 11/24
    12:00 E / 11:00 C
    FX
    The 75-yard Clint Chelf-to-Josh Stewart touchdown pass on the first play of the second half at OU was OSU's longest play from scrimmage this season. It also marked OSU's sixth one-play touchdown drive this season.

    For the 38th consecutive game, Oklahoma State had a scoring drive that took less than two minutes off the clock.

    Sirius/XM: 92/190


    TEXAS
    (8-3, 5-3)
    at Kansas State
    Sat 12/1
    8:00 E / 7:00 C
    ABC
    The Texas defense, which surrendered just 299 total yards in the game, was especially tough in the fourth quarter, holding TCU to minus-3 yards over the final four drives.

    Texas has played 76 times on the Thanksgiving holiday and owns a 51-23-2 (.684) record.

    Sirius/XM: 117/202


    TCU
    (7-4, 4-4)
    vs Oklahoma
    Sat 12/1
    12:00 E / 11:00 C
    ESPN
    The Horned Frogs were a plus-3 in turnover margin against Texas. Since 2005, TCU has the nation's best record (48-1, .980) when ahead in turnover margin.

    With the win over Texas, TCU recorded its 600th win in program history. The Frogs improved to 4-1 on the road in Big 12 play this season.

    Sirius/XM: 85/85


    TEXAS TECH
    (7-5, 4-5)
    Regular Season Complete
    Next Game
    Bowl TBD
     
    WR Darrin Moore's 146 yards in the first half vs. Baylor marked the most by a Red Raider since Michael Crabtree logged 152 in the first half at Oklahoma State on Sept. 22, 2007.

    Jakeem Grant returned a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown late in the third quarter vs. Baylor. That marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Red Raider since Vincent Meeks in 2002 at Oklahoma.


    WEST VIRGINIA
    (6-5, 3-5)
    at Iowa State
    Sat 12/1
    2:30 E / 1:30 C
    FSN
    Geno Smith finished 22-for-31 for 236 yards and two toucdowns vs. Iowa State, giving him two or more TD passes in a game in all but two contests this season.

    With 82 receiving yards against Iowa State, Stedman Bailey pushed his season total to 1,342, a Mountaineer record.

    Sirius/XM: 117/202

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