Today, Texas Tech will go on the road for the first time in Big 12 play, Oklahoma State will try to get back on track offensively, Oklahoma will attempt to keep rolling after the big win at Notre Dame, TCU and Kansas State will look to find some offense on the road and Baylor and West Virginia will show each other their improved defenses after last year’s 133-point shootout.
Those storylines and more will be on display during the first major week of conference play in the Big 12:
Texas Tech at Kansas, 11 a.m. CT (FS1): Kansas will attempt to pull off its first Big 12 victory since beating Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. The Red Raiders already have a Big 12 win in the hip pocket, and will look to move to 5-0 for the first time since 2008. Both teams have the potential to play better offensively than they have.
Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m. CT (ABC): Both the Wildcats and Cowboys are coming off Big 12 road losses. Oklahoma State has committed to dual-threat QB J.W. Walsh, while K-State coach Bill Snyder is sticking with the two-QB system of Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. This game, however, could come down to which teams rushes the ball better.
TCU at Oklahoma, 6 p.m. CT (FOX): The Horned Frogs finally put some offense together in the fourth quarter of last week’s win at SMU. They’ll have to keep that going to have a chance of knocking off the Sooners in Norman. OU has been playing as well as anyone in the Big 12 since Blake Bell took over at QB.
West Virginia at Baylor, 7 p.m. CT (FS1): This matchup featured 133 points last year. Baylor is equipped to win in shootouts again. West Virginia is not. The Mountaineers got a spark from third-string QB Clint Trickett in their upset over Oklahoma State last weekend. Trickett’s throwing shoulder, however is banged up. QB Ford Childress (torn pectoral) is hurt, too. Whoever the Mountaineers use at QB, they will probably need a herculean effort from their defense to stay in this game against the highest-scoring offense in college football.