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Big 12 Week 7 picks: Who takes the Red River Showdown?

Here are the Week 7 Big 12 picks from my colleague Jake Trotter and I (all times ET). Visit our college football PickCenter page for additional information on these games and many more.

Kansas at Iowa State, noon (FSN)

Trotter: There's no room left on the Joel Lanning bandwagon. Lucky for me, I hopped on early. Iowa State 29, Kansas 13

Khan: I'll have to grab on to the back of it and hang on for dear life, then, because I want on the bandwagon, too. Iowa State 42, Kansas 17

No. 24 Texas Tech at West Virginia, noon (ESPNU/WatchESPN)

Trotter: The Red Raiders are quietly one of the Big 12's most improved teams. But Will Grier and David Sills are quietly one of the nation's top QB-WR duos. West Virginia 41, Texas Tech 38

Khan: Texas Tech is playing better defense this season and forcing turnovers (the Red Raiders lead the league in turnover margin). I think they go into Morgantown and pull off an upset. Texas Tech 34, West Virginia 30

No. 6 TCU at Kansas State, noon (FS1)

Trotter: K-State has virtually no passing offense, yet Vegas opened this game as a pick ‘em. What gives? Bill Snyder will have the Wildcats ready to play. But a one-dimensional K-State offense won't keep pace with Kenny Hill. TCU 28, Kansas State 21

Khan: Jesse Ertz is banged up, and although Alex Delton acquitted himself well last week, I'm not comfortable picking against the Horned Frogs. Hill & Co. are looking good. TCU 27, Kansas State 20

No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN/WatchESPN)

Trotter: The Red River rivals have each been all over the place this season, which makes this a difficult game to handicap. The Texas defense seems to be the real deal. But Oklahoma has the overwhelming edge at QB, with Baker Mayfield facing off against a true freshman in Sam Ehlinger, who figures to be wide-eyed in his Cotton Bowl debut. Oklahoma 30, Texas 27

Khan: Call me crazy, but Ehlinger has made me a believer. Clearly, no moment is too big for him after he led a go-ahead drive at USC and made big plays against Kansas State last week. Plus, Tom Herman has a knack for getting his teams to play their best in these kinds of games (remember, his Houston team beat Oklahoma last season). I'm taking Texas in the upset. Texas 34, Oklahoma 31

Baylor at No. 14 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)

Trotter: The open week gave Oklahoma State some much-needed time to retool its offensive line. The TCU loss took some of the luster off the Pokes. But they still might boast the best offense in college football. Oklahoma State 52, Baylor 17

Khan: Baylor will continue to show fight, as it has in recent weeks. Oklahoma State has some issues, as TCU and Texas Tech showed. Still, the Cowboys are the better team here. Oklahoma State 45, Baylor 27.


Trotter: 30-10

Khan: 32-8

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