Here’s a preview of Week 8 in the Big 12 (all times ET)
Kansas State at Texas, FS1: The Wildcats have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams and are looking to snap a three-game losing skid after one of the most disappointing showings of the Bill Snyder era in last week’s 55-0 loss to Oklahoma. A win in Austin could be the key to the Wildcats' bowl hopes. Meanwhile Texas needs to build upon its Red River Showdown over Oklahoma. A return to the "close but no cigar" losing ways before the Sooners win will make Texas’ bowl pursuits more difficult. This is a key game for both programs.
Iowa State at No. 2 Baylor, ESPN: The Bears handed the Cyclones arguably the most devastating loss of the Paul Rhoads era the last time Iowa State visited Waco, Texas, winning 71-7 in 2013. Baylor quarterback Seth Russell reserved his spot in the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year race with his best game to date against West Virginia (380 passing yards, 160 rushing yards, six touchdowns) last weekend, so it will be interesting to see what he has for an encore. If the Cyclones hope to stay in the game, they’ll need to slow Russell and the rest of the star studded offense for Baylor. Standout running back Mike Warren, who is averaging seven yards per carry, could be critical for the Cyclones’ ability to keep Baylor’s playmakers on the sideline.
Texas Tech at No. 17 Oklahoma, ABC/ESPN: This potential shootout is full of reasons to tune in: Baker Mayfield against his former team. Patrick Mahomes’ greatness. Oklahoma’s hopes of getting back in the Big 12 title race. Tech searching for bowl eligibility with a win. Even with all of that intrigue, this game could be decided when the Red Raiders have the ball. Tech’s offense struggled against Kansas last week so it is sure to want to return to its high scoring ways (3.32 points per drive, fourth among Power 5 teams) but Oklahoma’s defense is coming off a dominant performance against Kansas State. Whoever wins that battle could be the favorite to win the game.
Kansas at No. 14 Oklahoma State, FS1: The Cowboys just keep trucking along, as the Big 12’s third unbeaten team that nobody notices. Don’t expect that to change this weekend unless David Beaty’s Jayhawks are able to pull off a shocking upset at Boone Pickens Stadium. After playing their best game of the year against Tech and potentially finding a quarterback of the future in Ryan Willis, the Jayhawks have momentum. But the Cowboys have a defense, led by Emmanuel Ogbah, which has been unkind to opposing quarterbacks with 25 sacks in six games and its offense brings one of the nation's top passing attacks (325.5 passing yards per game, No. 9 among FBS teams).