Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 5. Conference play starts to really pick up with Oklahoma State hosting Texas Tech on Thursday night to kick things off.
Texas Tech 52, at Oklahoma State 49: Offenses excel and defenses struggle as Tech and OSU provide one of the most entertaining games of the entire season. This game comes down to Tech quarterback Davis Webb handling the hostile environment at Boone Pickens Stadium with a superb final quarter as the two teams go back and forth. Webb comes through with a game-winning throw to Bradley Marquez in the final seconds.
Baylor 45, at Iowa State 21: The Bears defense looks like it is finally starting to come together, holding the Cyclones to seven points through three quarters. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and the offense continue to roll up the points and the yards on the way to 5-0.
at Kansas State 38, UTEP 24: The Wildcats rebound from the setback against Auburn with a win over UTEP to finish off their nonconference schedule. Two special teams touchdowns are the foundation of the win as Bill Snyder’s squad looks toward conference play with plenty of momentum.
TCU 34, at SMU 17: The return of Devonte Fields is complete as the Horned Frogs defensive end takes over the win over SMU with three sacks and two forced fumbles. Big 12 offensive tackles weep.
Texas 34, Kansas 17: It becomes pretty clear what the Longhorns focused on during their bye week after UT calls eight running plays to start the game and drives right down the field for an opening touchdown. UT finishes with more than 300 rushing yards while cruising to a comfortable road triumph.
Current Big 12 standings
1. Baylor 4-0, 1-0
2. Oklahoma 4-0, 1-0
3. Texas Tech 4-0, 1-0
4. TCU 3-0
5. Kansas State 3-1, 1-0
6. Texas 3-1, 1-0
7. Kansas 2-2, 0-1
8. Oklahoma State 2-2, 0-1
9. West Virginia 1-3, 0-1
10. Iowa State 1-3, 0-2