Week Four Big 12 Preview
Baylor and Kansas kicked off Big 12 last weekend in Lawrence and this weekend brings a much larger slate of Big 12 games. TCU and Kansas will take on non-conference opponents this weekend while the rest of the Big 12 plays conference opponents. TCU and SMU will battle for the Iron Skillet for the 100th time and Kansas will face an ACC bottom-dweller in Duke. Let's preview the football weekend in the Big 12 and hit on some of the best games around the nation! No. 25 Kansas State Oklahoma StateKansas State and Oklahoma State both come into this game with 3-0 records and Kansas State is ranked. The game will be televised on ESPN+. If you aren't sure why that's the case, let's recap the six games played between these two teams so far this season. Kansas State opened with an impressive win over Stanford before a poor performance against Southern Illinois in which quarterback Skylar Thompson suffered an injury Nick Turner Jersey. The Wildcats rebounded last week with a 38-17 win over Nevada. Oklahoma State only beat FCS opponent Missouri State by a touchdown to open the season before a five point win over Tulsa and a 21-20 victory at Boise State last week. Both teams improved last week but neither did enough to inspire much confidence. Oklahoma State is favored by nearly a touchdown despite three shaky offensive performances so far this season. A suffocating defense playing in front of a home crowd and facing a backup quarterback is a big reason why. There may not be a lot of points scored in this one, and OSU fans can only hope for a better offensive attack this week. I am picking Oklahoma State to beat Kansas State 31-17. The Cowboys scored 21 points in the first half last week before being shutout in the second half. I am betting on OSU to repeat the first half production while giving the home fans something to cheer about in the second half this week. Ian and Ingalls both picked OSU to win 21-17 and Phillip and Robert both went with K-State to win the game.SMU TCUSMU and TCU face off in the 100th Iron Skillet game on Saturday morning at 11 on FS1. There has been plenty of talk between the two schools leading up to the game and I can't wait to watch this battle between Dallas and Fort Worth. TCU hasn't played since beating Cal by two points two weeks ago. That came after a big win over Duquesne in week one. SMU is 3-0 with big wins over Abilene Christian and North Texas, and a walk-off win over Louisiana Tech on a miracle touchdown pass from Tanner Mordecai to Reggie Roberson Jr.Steve Lansdale asked Tanner Mordecai about what he heard from his teammates after the Hail Mary. Good shot here."A lot of I love you Bros, a lot of oh my gosh, what is happening, let's go. Those are the words. I don't even know what else you can say." I don't know what to make of the Blue Devils but I will pick them to beat Kansas LaDarrius Bishop Jersey. As for ACC play- it will likely be a long season for Duke. I am taking Duke to win 31-21 but Kansas to cover the 17 point spread. The rest of the staff is also picking Duke to win this game. West Virginia No. 4 OklahomaOur last Big 12 game of the weekend is the Saturday night primetime game on ABC. West Virginia will take on Oklahoma in Norman as the headlining night game. That is, unless you are interested in watching Tennessee get run out of Gainesville by Florida. West Virginia has some momentum, coming off a big win over rival Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers made a goal line stand to take down the Hokies 27-21 to win the Black Diamond Trophy. Jarret Doege had a good afternoon, passing for 193 yards and two scores. He did have one costly interception that set up Virginia Tech deep in West Virginia territory with the game winding down. As I mentioned above, the Mountaineer defense bailed him out. Leddie Brown averaged 8.5 yards-per-carry, going for 161 yards and a score. Oklahoma hasn't played up to its standards so far this season. That's the main reason for intrigue in this game. OU struggled against Tulane to open the season and only beat Nebraska 23-16 at home a week ago. Spencer Rattler is playing well, yet, it doesn't feel like he is playing anywhere near his potential. Maybe I am just used to those OU offenses under Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray that averaged over eight yards-per-play Hudson Clark Jersey. A win for West Virginia would certainly propel the Mountaineers into the top-25 and make them a threat to a secure a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game. Another close win for Oklahoma would be a tad bit concerning, but not nearly as concerning as the seven point win over Nebraska was. OU will want to come out with a sense of urgency and put this game away early. If not, we might be having a serious conversation about OU as a playoff contender next week. Top GamesThere are only two matchups between ranked teams this week. No. 12 Notre Dame takes on No. 18 Wisconsin on the road. This matchup is particularly interesting because Notre Dame will start former Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan against his former team. The Fighting Irish haven't looked great so far this season, beating Purdue by two scores, Toledo by three points, and Florida State by three points in overtime. Wisconsin lost to Penn State to open the season but bounced back with a win over Eastern Michigan two weeks ago and hasn't played since.The other ranked matchup is between No. 7 Texas AM and No. 16 Arkansas at ATT Stadium. Arkansas has the big win over Texas at home on its resume. Texas AM beat Kent State by a large margin at home before losing quarterback Haynes King to an injury in a scary 10-7 win over Colorado. Zach Calzada looked much better last week against New Mexico. This should be a close game, though I would pick Texas AM by a larger margin if King were playing. UTSA has been one of the best surprises of the year so far, though if you have followed the program the last few years the Road Runners 3-0 start might not be that big of a surprise. UTSA takes on Memphis on the road, and the Tigers are off to a 3-0 start with a win over Mississippi State behind freshman quarterback Seth Henigan. Tennessee plays Florida on the road and will be looking to knock off a Gators squad that took Alabama to the wire last week. Here are our staff picks for other games around the nation.