Big 12 Football Predictions: Week 6


For the first time all season, every team in the Big 12 is in action. Here’s a look at the full slate of games around the conference.

Note: The Texas Longhorns and Iowa State Cyclones play Thursday night and will not be featured.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 20 Texas Tech Red Raiders
11:00 a.m. CDT, FOX Sports 1

One of the biggest surprises in the Big 12 this season has been the Texas Tech Red Raiders under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The Red Raiders are 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play after a Week Three win over TCU.

They’re led by freshman walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is second in the Big 12 in average passing yards per game with 280.

The Jayhawks are 2-1 with their only loss coming at the hands of Rice, a team that had Texas A&M; on the ropes in Week One. They come into this game riding a 21-game Big 12 losing streak dating back to 2010.

The Jayhawks’ star player has been senior running back James Sims, who is second in the league with 93.7 yards rushing per game.

While Kansas may be looking to get off the schneid in Big 12 play though, it won’t happen against the Red Raiders’ prolific offense. Expect Texas Tech to handle this one easily.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech – 45, Kansas – 17

No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners vs TCU Horned Frogs
6:00 p.m. CDT, FOX

The Sooners are fresh off of a dominating 35-21 win on the road against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and are now set to return home to resume conference play with a perfect 4-0 record.

Junior quarterback Blake Bell, who took the starting job from freshman Trevor Knight, shined against the Irish, passing for 232 yards and two scores in the win.

As for the Horned Frogs, they rebounded from a loss to Texas Tech by crushing SMU 48-17, which brought their record back to an even 2-2. The Horned Frogs also dropped a Week One contest then No. 12 LSU.

TCU is led by sophomore quarterback Trevone Boykin, who has 625 yards passing and four touchdowns after taking over for senior Casey Pachall who went down with an injury in Week Two.

The Horned Frogs are a better team than most give them credit, but they aren’t good enough to overcome Oklahoma, who are looking like the Big 12’s best. Especially with this game being in Norman, Okla., the Sooners should take care of business.

PREDICTION: Oklahoma – 24, TCU – 13

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 17 Baylor Bears
7:00 p.m. CDT, FOX Sports 1

Neither team could be any hotter going into this matchup. The Mountaineers are fresh off their upset win over then No. 11 Oklahoma State, while the high-powered Bears are a perfect 3-0, one of just three undefeated teams left in the Big 12.

West Virginia has struggled to find a leader all year, but they may have found one last week in junior quarterback Clint Trickett. The Florida State transfer shined in his first start for the Mountaineers last week, throwing for 309 yards and ultimately managing the game well enough for West Virginia to pull off a huge upset.

As for Baylor, the two-headed monster of juniors quarterback Bryce Petty and running back Lache Seastrunk is one of the most dangerous in college football. Petty leads in the Big 12 with 333.7 yards passing per game, while Seastrunk leads the league averaging 139 yards on the ground.

Last year’s game was a shootout that ended with now New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers beating Baylor 70-63. The game won’t likely be as high scoring this time around, but the Bears should put up enough points to outduel West Virginia.

PREDICTION: Baylor – 48, West Virginia – 20