What would your fall look like if you had no restrictions on how you spent your Saturday? Every Big 12 game is an option to attend in person as you strive to see the best game, find the best game-day atmosphere and tailgating or simply follow your favorite team or player on a weekly basis.
That is the premise of our annual Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip as Jake Trotter, Max Olson and Brandon Chatmon pick one game per week to attend.
We continue the series with Week 7.
Trotter’s pick: Kansas State at Oklahoma
With two consecutive wins at Oklahoma, the Wildcats always seem to play the Sooners better in Norman than in Manhattan, where they got thumped 55-0 last year.
In recent years, victories in Norman have been a springboard for K-State, which went on to win the Big 12 in 2012, and to finish with nine wins in 2014. Can the Wildcats shape their season again at the expense of the Sooners?
Olson’s pick: West Virginia-Texas Tech
If the Texas Tech and West Virginia offenses are as good as I suspect they’ll be in 2016, this might go down as one of the sneaky great games of the Big 12 schedule. That’s probably my best defense for choosing this game, even if realistically I’m just trying to take a break from watching so many Oklahoma games.
The last few meetings between Dana Holgorsen and Kliff Kingsbury have ended in close and (relatively) low-scoring games. West Virginia let its run game take care of business a year ago, with Wendell Smallwood and Rushel Shell each surpassing 100 rushing yards. Patrick Mahomes played OK, but not great, against the Mountaineers’ senior-loaded defense. He’ll get a chance for some revenge this time around in a game that’ll come down to one defense getting a few timely stops.
Chatmon’s pick: West Virginia at Texas Tech
I didn’t want to spend a third-straight week watching the Sooners so I decided a trip to Lubbock, Texas, was in the cards. Last season I got to watch one of the best games in the Big 12 firsthand as TCU barely survived against Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium. I’m hoping for a repeat in 2016 with another high-scoring game featuring outstanding individual performances and a late game-winner.
The Mountaineers offense should be improved with Skyler Howard in his second season as West Virginia’s starter while Tech features Mahomes, one of the best playmaking quarterbacks in America. Thus, I’m expecting plenty of big plays, points and relentless attacking offenses in this one. Neither defense enters the season without questions so we could be looking at more than 100 combined points yet neither team will probably enter the game as the clear favorite.
High scoring. Competitive. Star power.
Sign me up.