Big 12 football weekend preview
By Shehan Jeyarajah
Kansas (2-1) vs. No. 20 Texas Tech (4-0)
Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has hardly anything to work with in Lawrence. Kansas may be 2-1, but two wins are against Louisiana Tech and FCS opponent South Dakota, both at home.
Texas Tech has been one of the more surprising teams so far this season. A rebuilding process was expected after former Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury took over as head coach in Lubbock. The Red Raiders rank third in the nation in passing yards with 408.5 a game.
Kansas doesn’t have the talent to keep up with the high-powered offense of Texas Tech, and the Red Raiders should move to 5-0 on the season.
No. 21 Oklahoma State (3-1) vs. Kansas State (2-2)
Oklahoma State is coming off of a tough loss against conference rival West Virginia, where the Cowboys elite offense generated 21 points.
Kansas State is coming off of a tough loss against Texas in Austin. Going to Stillwater is one of the more difficult places to play, especially for a team that has struggled to find an answer this season.
Oklahoma State should look to make up for their loss against West Virginia with a big win against Kansas State.
No. 11 Oklahoma (4-0) vs. TCU (2-2)
The Sooners seemed to finally put everything together last week in a big win against then No. 22 Notre Dame. Junior quarterback Blake Bell threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The committee-based running game rushed for 212 yards, 5.0 yards per carry and a touchdown. The defense looked dominant as well with three interceptions, including one brought back for a touchdown. Oklahoma is second in the Big 12 in total defense.
While OU is flourishing, TCU is slipping. To be fair, TCU has played the most difficult schedule in the Big 12, but they have struggled so far.
TCU flopped in a big game against Texas Tech by scoring 10 points. The defense ranks in the top 40, but TCU has not shown the ability to contend against high-powered offenses.
Norman is one of the toughest places in America to come out with a win, and this weekend should be no different.