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 12:
West Virginia 44, Kansas 20: The overall balance of West Virginia’s offense overwhelms Kansas despite an off day from the Mountaineers' defense. Dana Holgorsen's offense gains 589 total yards -- 229 rushing, 360 passing -- in the comfortable win, which is largely sparked by the bad taste left in their mouths during WVU’s last trip to Lawrence (a 31-19 loss in 2013). Skyler Howard accounts for two touchdowns, William Crest adds a touchdown run and Rushel Shell rushes for two touchdowns in the win.
Iowa State 27, Kansas State 21: The Cyclones' receiving trio of Quenton Bundrage, Allen Lazard and D'Vario Montgomery have a touchdown reception apiece, sparking Paul Rhoads' team to a surprising road win. A mistake-filled afternoon from the Wildcats' offense and a pair of missed field goals hurt Bill Snyder’s team in the loss.
TCU 38, Oklahoma 28: Trevone Boykin shows why he’s the returning Big 12 Player of the Year with a superb performance against the Sooners' defense, which has no answers for his dual-threat ability. TCU opens the game with back-to-back touchdowns, one on a Boykin touchdown scramble and one on a long Josh Doctson touchdown reception. The Sooners enter halftime trailing by 21 after a mistake-filled first-half and their fourth-quarter rally is simply not enough to avoid a second-straight defeat after their stellar start.
Baylor 42, Oklahoma State 38: Redemption is sweet for the Bears, who finally find success under Art Briles at Boone Pickens Stadium. One of the most intense games of the season is decided in the final moments when Shock Linwood weaves through the OSU defense for a game-winning touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. The Cowboys' final drive ends when Xavien Howard knocks away a Mason Rudolph pass on fourth down.
Week 10 standings
1. Baylor -- 10-0, 7-0
2. TCU -- 10-1, 7-1
3. Oklahoma -- 9-2, 6-2
4. Texas -- 6-4, 4-3
5. Texas Tech -- 6-5, 4-4
6. Oklahoma State -- 7-4, 4-4
7. West Virginia -- 6-4, 3-4
8. Iowa State -- 4-7, 2-6
9. Kansas State -- 4-6, 1-6
10. Kansas -- 1-10, 0-8