Season predictions in July might sound like a fruitless endeavor, but we just can't help it. We're too ready for this season to begin. And this time last year, we did boldly and correctly project TCU would beat Oklahoma as well as a West Virginia upset of Baylor. So what have we cooked up for 2015?
Over the next two weeks, we're making predictions for all 75 Big 12 games of the season. We continue our predictions for the entire season with Week 4:
Texas 31, Oklahoma State 28: One week after coming off the bench to save the Longhorns, redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard impacts a UT win again with a key fourth quarter touchdown run after a Mason Rudolph interception. A game which was a defensive battle for the first three quarters, sees four combined fourth-quarter touchdowns including a Johnathan Gray game-winning touchdown run on UT's final drive.
TCU 44, Texas Tech 31: The Red Raiders jump out to a 21-10 halftime lead before the combination of Trevone Boykin and Aaron Green lead a second half rally. Boykin throws for over 300 yards, thanks in part to a 84-yard touchdown toss to Kolby Listenbee, in the second half alone and Green's two touchdowns help the Horned Frogs stiff arm Tech's upset bid.
West Virginia 42, Maryland 27: The Mountaineers running back duo of Rushel Shell and Wendell Smallwood are outstanding as Dana Holgorsen's team turns to the running game to improve to 3-0. Both ball carriers rush for over 100 yards as Maryland struggles to slow WVU's ground attack.
Rutgers 38, Kansas 17: The Jayhawks offense struggles to handle Rutgers' sophomore defensive end Kemoko Turay who spends a lot of time in the KU backfield harassing Montell Cozart who is sacked five times and throws a pair of interceptions. After getting hammered by Duke in 2014, it's another rough trip to the East Coast for KU.
Baylor 56, Rice 20: The Bears defensive line is dominant in this one with Andrew Billings causing havoc in the middle and Shawn Oakman manning the perimeter. The result is double-digit tackles for loss and three turnovers for Art Briles defense as BU cruises into conference play undefeated.
Week 4 standings
1. TCU 4-0, 1-0
2. Baylor 3-0, 0-0
3. Kansas State 3-0, 0-0
4. Oklahoma 3-0, 0-0
5. West Virginia 3-0, 0-0
6. Texas 3-1, 1-0
7. Oklahoma State 3-1, 0-1
8. Iowa State 2-1, 0-0
9. Texas Tech 2-2, 0-1
10. Kansas 1-2, 0-0