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 8:
Baylor 48, Iowa State 13: It's a bit of an off day for the Bears offense. And, yes, 48 points is an off day. But BU's defense is the driving force in another blowout win with three forced turnovers setting up two touchdown runs from Shock Linwood and another from Seth Russell. It's another example of how far Art Briles' program has come as the offense doesn't play particularly well yet BU still cruises to a easy conference home win.
Oklahoma 30, Texas Tech 24: The Red Raiders give OU everything it can handle in a game that features plenty of offense without an explosion of points. Both teams struggle with red zone turnovers, which make it a lower scoring affair than the more than 800 combined total yards would indicate. Fourth quarter touchdowns from Alex Ross and Sterling Sheperd help seal the victory as Tech's final drive ends with a Steven Parker interception.
Oklahoma State 44, Kansas 14: The Cowboys get back on track after a disappointing start to conference play with a home hammering of the Jayhawks. OSU receiver James Washington has a career day with 176 receiving yards and three touchdowns while cornerback Ramon Richards adds a interception return for a touchdown as the duo shows Mason Rudolph is not the only standout sophomore on the roster.
Texas 21, Kansas State 13: Defense is the story as Charlie Strong's team improves to .500 in conference play. A long touchdown from Daje Johnson gives UT an early lead and Malik Jefferson's fumble return for a touchdown provides another score to offset a lackluster offensive showing and KSU's continued search for offensive playmakers hampers its hopes of an road win.
Week 8 standings
1. Baylor -- 7-0, 4-0
2. TCU -- 7-0, 4-0
3. Oklahoma -- 7-0, 4-0
4. Texas Tech -- 5-3, 3-2
5. Oklahoma State -- 5-2, 2-2
6. Texas -- 4-3, 2-2
7. West Virginia -- 4-2, 1-2
8. Iowa State -- 3-4, 1-3
9. Kansas State -- 3-4, 0-4
10. Kansas -- 1-6, 0-4