We've reached November, and the home stretch of the season is upon us.
Last week, we kicked off our Big 12's Ultimate Road Trip series. This week, we journey deeper into the 2014 schedule.
To those unfamiliar with this series, we both pick a game featuring a Big 12 team in every week of the season that we’d cover if the travel budget were unlimited and there were no editors telling us where to go.
We’ll be basing our choices on several factors, including the quality of the matchup and the stakes that could be involved. The only restriction is that each of us can pick only one game per week.
Let’s continue with Week 10.
Oklahoma State at Kansas State
Texas at Texas Tech
Kansas at Baylor
TCU at West Virginia
Oklahoma at Iowa State
Six years ago in Jones Stadium, Texas Tech downed the top-ranked Longhorns to secure arguably the biggest win in school history. The stakes won’t be quite as high this time around. But this will still be a monster game for both teams.
Texas will have already played BYU, UCLA, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State by the time this Nov. 1 trip to Lubbock rolls around, meaning this could be a must-win for the Longhorns.
Texas Tech, meanwhile, will be out for revenge after getting completely pulverized in Austin last Thanksgiving. The Red Raiders also need this win to avoid setting the stage for yet another late-season slide. Texas Tech’s schedule in November also includes bouts against Big 12 co-favorites Oklahoma and Baylor as well as a visit to Iowa State, where the temperatures will be far from conducive to throwing the ball 60 times.
Tortillas will be flying around for this one -- as will the fried cheese over at Spanky’s.
These two teams tend to play great games, so I’m hoping that trend continues.
The 2012 matchup in Morgantown, W. Va., was a 39-38 overtime barn-burner full of exciting plays and NFL talent, capped off with a game-winning 2-point conversion for TCU. In 2013, the Big 12's latest additions played another overtime thriller, with WVU coming out on top.
This season, the Mountaineers and Horned Frogs will battle at Milan Puskar Stadium for the second time since they joined the conference, with both teams placing their hopes for offensive success on the shoulders of “Air Raid” style attacks.
At this point, both teams should have a settled situation at quarterback, which could make for a great game. There’s a great chance Trevone Boykin will be one of the best offensive threats on the field -- it’s just a matter of where he’s lining up. West Virginia’s stable of running backs should be well on their way to making a mark on the Big 12.
I’m going to hope both offenses are humming and arrive in Morgantown with the expectation of a third straight great game involving TCU and West Virginia.