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Which team is the best in the Big 12? Is Kansas State worthy or is Kansas the new kid on the block…..Sooner defense is shoddy……Predictions and Rankings…..

All Schools in the Big 12 will be tough to beat

ON ANY GIVEN SATURDAY…..

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So much for favorites in the Big 12.  Last Saturday Kansas State took the Oklahoma Sooners to the woodshed and gave the Big Red of the South a dog beating, 41-34.  It was a seven point win for the Wildcats but for various reasons, the game was all K-State as they performed as the better team on that night in Norman.  A bally-hewed OU defense was shredded by the previous  impotent Wildcat offense.  A couple of missed passes by Sooner quarterback Dillon Gabriel did not help.  Kansas State was better on this night.

 

Texas Tech gave the University of Texas Longhorns a loss.  Texas is not back, at least for another week.  With that, Texas did lose on the road without their best freshman quarterback.  They might be back again and not have to wait until next year with a win this week and in the Cotton Bowl in two.  As for Texas Tech, they never gave up and the upside for the is looking up.  Yes, I said that.

 

Baylor did hush the Cyclones in Ames and that puts the Bears up one on the conference with a tough road win.  Another plus for the defending champions.

 

Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen (12) throws a pass ahead of Iowa State defensive lineman J.R. Singleton (56) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Ames, Iowa. Baylor won 31-24. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Charlie Neibergall AP

 

Big 12 rankings

  1.  Kansas State

  2.  Oklahoma State

  3.  Baylor

  4.  Texas Tech

  5.  Kansas

  6.  Oklahoma

  7.  Texas

  8.  TCU

  9.  Iowa State

  10. West Virginia

This weeks predictions in the Big 12

Oklahoma visits TCU and this one will be close.  Being a home conference game for the Frogs, that makes it important for them not to go one down at home.  I have TCU 38 and OU 37 as a missed field goal at the end is wide right for OU.  Frogs are going to gouge the Sooner defense.

Oklahoma State and Baylor will get after it in Waco and if Poke quarterback Spencer Sanders has a game of his life the Bears will go down.  If he pukes down his leg look for Baylor.  I have Baylor winning in a rather defensive minded game 24-20.

Kansas State will follow up their stunner in Norman by beating the Red Raiders in Manhattan.  Wildcats 39 and Texas Tech 24.

I like the Jayhawks to win another home game in the conference beating Iowa State 26 to 24.

Texas at Austin will pound West Virginia 41 to 27 in a home contest in DKR.

Top 25

  1.  Alabama

  2.  Georgia

  3.  Ohio State

  4.  Michigan

  5.  Clemson

  6.  Penn State

  7.  Oklahoma State

  8.  North Carolina State

  9. Tennessee

  10.  Kentucky

  11.  USC

  12.  Washington

  13.  Utah

  14.  Ole Miss

  15.  Baylor

  16. Minnesota

  17.  Texas A & M

  18.  Kansas State

  19.  Texas

  20.   TCU

  21.   Oklahoma

  22.   Mississippi State

  23.   Kansas

  24.   Wake Forest

  25.   Arkansas

National predictions

Ole Miss 25 and Kentucky 21

Alabama 42 and Arkansas 17

Mississippi State 23 and aTm 20

LSU 42 at Auburn 21

Michigan 23 and Iowa 6

Wisconsin 21 and Illinois 14

Maryland 35 and Michigan State 21

Indiana 24 at Nebraska 21

UCLA 37 and Washington 31

Washington State 19 and California 18

Wake Forest 38 at Florida State 29

Clemson 44 and North Carolina State 39

Cincinnati 45 and Tulsa 31

Houston 27 and Tulane 14

Last Week:  11-8

Feature Photo:  Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables walks on the field with his team before an NCAA college football game against Kansas State, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings) Nate Billings
Secondary photo:  Oklahoma wide receiver Marvin Mims (17) makes a touchdown catch in front of Kansas State cornerback Omar Daniels (4) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Nate Billings)