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 10:
Baylor 34, Kansas State 31: The Wildcats get up for the Thursday night showdown. Coach Bill Snyder's team puts the Bears on upset alert for most of the night, thanks to a punt return for a touchdown from Dominique Heath and a pair of first-quarter interceptions that help KSU to a 21-10 halftime lead. But BU surges with a second-half rally, outscoring KSU 24-10 in the final 30 minutes. KD Cannon's early third quarter touchdown sparks the rally and his late fourth quarter touchdown is the difference as BU survives.
Oklahoma 49, Iowa State 14: With a huge matchup with BU looming next week, the Sooners ride Samaje Perine to yet another win. The sophomore rushes for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, and OU adds a defensive touchdown from Charles Tapper and kickoff return for a score from Alex Ross as all three units score points for coach Bob Stoops' team.
Oklahoma State 30, TCU 27: While BU survives its time on upset alert, TCU does not. The Cowboys upset the Horned Frogs thanks to a stellar game from Emmanuel Ogbah, who sacks Trevone Boykin twice, and Mason Rudolph, who has continued to grow with more game experierence. Rudolph's numbers aren't overwhelming -- 321 passing yards, two touchdowns -- but his zero turnovers and ability to handle the TCU defense is the key to the Cowboys' upset win.
Texas 38, Kansas 13: It's a career day for Johnathan Gray, who rushes for 177 yards and three scores in the win. The Longhorns' senior running back has touchdown runs of 56 and 44 yards to get the blowout victory started in the first half. UT's defense is stellar as well, limiting the Jayhawks' offense to less than 300 yards in the first three quarters.
Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 48: Coming off a brutal October stretch which saw them go 1-3, the Mountaineers struggle to turn the momentum around, suffering a home setback. The high-scoring battle sees Patrick Mahomes spark the win with a four-touchdown performance that overwhelms a beat up WVU defense. Despite a late Mountaineers rally, Tech improves to 4-3 in conference play.
Week 10 standings
1. Oklahoma -- 9-0, 6-0
2. Baylor -- 8-0, 5-0
3. TCU -- 8-1, 5-1
4. Texas -- 6-3, 4-2
5. Texas Tech -- 6-4, 4-3
6. Oklahoma State -- 6-3, 3-3
7. West Virginia -- 4-4, 1-4
8. Iowa State -- 3-6, 1-5
9. Kansas State -- 3-5, 0-5
10. Kansas -- 1-8, 0-6