Conference play gets rolling in full this week with huge games at Oklahoma State and TCU. Our Big 12 writers make their picks for each Week 5 game.
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Justin Crawford left his night shift fast-food job only when West Virginia coaches made him. He's determined to support his wife and two kids, and now Crawford is the Mountaineers' top rusher.
Can KSU provide some road magic?
Nothing is more dangerous than Kansas State as a road underdog. Bill Snyder is 16-5 as a road dog and West Virginia allows over 450 yards of offense a game. It adds up to an easy decision for ESPN's Phil Steele. Week 5 best bets (Insider)
Oklahoma's ability to bounce back and Texas' new-look defense are among the top Big 12 storylines to keep an eye on in Week 5.
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Since joining the Big 12, West Virginia has defeated every member of the Big 12, with the exception of Oklahoma and Kansas State. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the Mountaineers in Big 12 play.
Are Mountaineers a playoff contender?
West Virginia has yet to play a Big 12 game, but the Mountaineers are one of just two teams in the league without a loss. Should they be on our playoff radar? Eliminator
The latest Big 12 mailbag looks at West Virginia's contender status, where things stand at Oklahoma State and Texas, and the Big 12's top defenses.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, whose team sits among just two remaining Big 12 unbeatens, said he considers the Mountaineers a contender for the league title this year: "Yeah, I'd like to think so. I think our team believes that." Holgorsen, as league play opens for his team Saturday against Kansas State, dismisses the Big 12's poor showing in September non-conference games. "The Big 12 is a challenging league. I don't care what their records are. ... It doesn't look any different to me than it ever has been."
Baylor's thrilling duel with Oklahoma State pushed the Bears atop the Big 12, but its hold is tenuous with so many good-but-not-great teams ahead.
Some of the Big 12's top teams started the season on the wrong foot, but conference play provides an opportunity to turn their seasons around.
The Big 12 power rankings mostly held steady this week, but with West Virginia set to host K-State next week, changes could be on the horizon.
The Mountaineers improved to 3-0 in Week 4, and their station in the Big 12 bowl projections improved accordingly.
Wide receivers Chris Platt and John Diarse made explosive plays that stood out in Week 4.
Maybe it's too soon for all the talk about the Big 12 being out of the playoff mix. After all, West Virginia is one of the teams with the best odds of finishing the regular season undefeated.
Gus Malzahn got a huge win -- at the expense of fellow hot-seat staple Les Miles -- while Clay Helton saw his season continue spiraling downward. Plus, what Bobby Petrino's next move should be.
Skyler Howard passed for 332 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and Rasul Douglas returned an interception 54 yards for a score as West Virginia beat BYU 35-32 Saturday to head into Big 12 pl
Interception seals WVU win
With BYU driving deep down three, Cougars QB Taysom Hill's pass is batted right to Maurice Fleming's for the game-saving interception. West Virginia holds on to win 35-32.
Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer
Huge road win for West Virginia tonight against BYU. The Mountaineers' defense came through in the clutch, picking off Taysom Hill on back-to-back drives to end their 35-32 win at FedExField. If Oklahoma State upsets Baylor tonight, West Virginia is the only undefeated team left in the Big 12.
Cougars defense recovers fumble
WVU QB Skyler Howard wasn't ready for the snap, and the ball bounces around until recovered by the Cougars' Francis Bernard. BYU has the ball, down 35-32 late in the fourth quarter.
BYU pulls within three of West Virginia
QB Taysom Hill hits WR Moroni Laulu-Pututau over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown. The Mountaineers still lead 35-32 late in the fourth quarter.
Howard scrambles for a touchdown
WVU QB Skyler Howard scrambles for a five-yard TD run to give the Mountaineers a 28-13 lead over BYU late in the third quarter.
BYU pulls within two of West Virginia
BYU's Jamaal Williams runs for a 7-yard TD, but the Cougars' two-point conversion attempt failed. West Virginia leads 21-19 in the third quarter on ESPN2.
West Virginia vs Kansas State Wildcats
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