Predicting the 2016 season: Week 7

Preseason camp has not begun, so making predictions may seem like folly. Some of our annual Big 12 season predictions have been on the money, while others have been way off base in the past. But why should that stop us?

Over the next couple of weeks we will be making predictions for every Big 12 game this season. We continue our predictions with Week 7:

Baylor 56, Kansas 28: It’s an easy win for the Bears, who have won their last four meetings with Kansas by an average of 45 points per game. It’s a breakout game for Baylor receiver Ish Zamora, who has three touchdown receptions in the win. The performance by Baylor’s offense overshadows a terrific game from LaQuvionte Gonzalez, who turns in 225 all-purpose yards and a pair of touchdowns for Kansas.

Oklahoma 47, Kansas State 27: One week after Samaje Perine ran over and around Texas, it’s Joe Mixon’s turn. The sophomore running back accounts for 189 all-purpose yards against the Wildcats, including a 55-yard touchdown gallop on a screen pass. Baker Mayfield adds three touchdowns of his own as the Sooners try to erase the disappointment of their conference-opening loss to TCU.

Texas Tech 49, West Virginia 45: The Red Raiders have the last laugh in a game of big plays and turnovers. Patrick Mahomes and Skyler Howard each pass for three touchdowns, but it is Mahomes' fourth-quarter touchdown run that decides the game. It goes down as one of the most entertaining games of the season, with the Red Raiders and Mountaineers combining for 12 offensive touchdowns, a special-teams score and seven turnovers in a crazy contest.

Texas 42, Iowa State 20: Shane Buechele continues to grow into his starting role, showing maturity as the Longhorns play the most complete game of their season to date. The defense holds Iowa State's starters to 14 points while the Longhorns' offense rushes for more than 200 yards and passes for more than 300 yards in the win.

Week 7 standings

1. TCU -- 6-0, (3-0 Big 12)

2. Oklahoma State 6-0 (3-0)

3. Baylor -- 5-1 (2-1)

4. Oklahoma -- 5-1 (2-1)

5. Texas Tech -- 5-1 (2-1)

6. West Virginia -- 4-1 (1-1)

7. Kansas State-- 3-3 (1-2)

8. Texas -- 3-3 (1-2)

9. Kansas -- 2-4 (0-3)

10. Iowa State -- 2-5 (0-4)