I'm super excited for Saturday, folks. I'll be making my first trip to Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth on TCU's campus. That makes it official. After my trip to West Virginia earlier this year, I've officially covered a game at every Big 12 stadium at some point in my journalism career. Gotta love a clean sweep. I never attended or covered a game at the old Amon G. Carter Stadium, so I'll have nothing to compare it to, but I'm excited to see the next step on Kansas State's hopeful march to the Big 12 title and perhaps a BCS title.
Let's get to the picks!
Overall: 42-16 (.724)
No. 22 Texas Tech 41, Kansas 17: The Jayhawks are dreadful on the road, and Texas Tech badly needs a win after suffering two consecutive losses. Kansas is in an unfortunate position here. Surprising Texas Tech? I think not. Another 100-yard day for James Sims, but Seth Doege and his receiving corps are too much. Tech makes this one look easy.
No. 17 Texas 27, Iowa State 20: Tough, tough pick here. I was impressed with Texas last week, and I'll give the Horns the benefit of the doubt this week. David Ash bounced back last week after regressing a bit in October following a strong start. That continues this week, and Malcolm Brown's newfound health makes the Longhorns' backfield even more potent against an ISU front seven missing Jake Knott.
West Virginia 44, Oklahoma State 42: Going with my upset alert pick here. The Mountaineers' late-game failure overshadowed their legitimate defensive improvements, and that continues against Oklahoma State this week. Geno Smith gets back in the saddle, and Tavon Austin reminds us yet again why he's the most electrifying player in the league. Huge road win for the Mountaineers, who finally reach bowl eligibility.
No. 12 Oklahoma 42, Baylor 20: Oklahoma's secondary is just too good. Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson are playing as well as any two defensive backs in the league. Oklahoma bruises the Baylor front seven with its running game but puts together a nice game through the air, too. The Bears' defense can't do much to slow the Sooners, but disciplined defenses have given Baylor tons of trouble.
No. 2 Kansas State 38, TCU 24: This is my pick of the week. Check out a video later Thursday for more. Collin Klein plays and plays well. The Wildcats' are consistent and experienced. The Frogs are inconsistent and inexperienced. On this day, it shows.
Alabama 27, Texas A&M 17: Like LSU, Alabama has to be exhausted after last week's game. But this team has too much to play for to not come out strong against red-hot Texas A&M. We saw some holes in Alabama's defense against the Tigers, but they won't be there this weekend. -- Edward Aschoff
Alabama 28, Texas A&M 10: The come-from-behind win at LSU last week took its toll on Alabama, both physically and emotionally, and Texas A&M is the most explosive offensive team the Crimson Tide have faced this season. The Aggies still need to prove they can light it up against a quality defense. They bogged down against Florida and LSU and will meet a similar fate against the Crimson Tide. -- Chris Low