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 9:
Oklahoma 55, Kansas 13: The Sooners train continues to roll as Oklahoma takes a 35-point lead at halftime. Baker Mayfield passes for four touchdowns in the first half including a pair of scores to DeDe Westbrook. Oklahoma’s defense has one of its best showings of the season with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks of Kansas quarterback Ryan Willis.
Baylor 34, Texas 30: Baylor avenges last season’s loss largely thanks to a huge game from receiver K.D. Cannon. The Bears junior becomes the first Baylor receiver to amass more than 69 receiving yards against a Charlie Strong-led Longhorn defense with 9 receptions for 188 yards including an 89-yard touchdown and an 11-yard score.
Oklahoma State 36, West Virginia 31: It looks like Oklahoma State finally has found a consistent running game as Barry J. Sanders manages to go over 125 rushing yards for the second-straight game. Sanders’ 23 carries for 154 yards includes a 75-yard gallop after the Cowboys catch West Virginia in a blitz early in the fourth quarter. A late touchdown by the Mountaineers makes this game look closer than it was after Oklahoma State controlled the game for the majority of the contest.
Texas Tech 38, TCU 29: The Red Raiders record one of the most surprising wins of the season with a road win at TCU. Patrick Mahomes responds to a poor game the previous week against Oklahoma with a five-touchdown performance against TCU’s defense. Mahomes ability to create something out of nothing creates major problems and results in 454 yards of total offense for the junior signal caller while Justin Stockton (102 rushing yards) adds enough of a big play threat on the ground to keep TCU from focusing on Mahomes.
Iowa State 13, Kansas State 9: This game is eerily similar to the 2015 meeting with the winner feeling fortunate and the loser feeling like they gave the game away. Except this time it is Iowa State who ends up adding to its win column after Kansas State’s red zone problems handcuff the Wildcats chances of snapping a two-game losing streak. K-State makes five trips into the red zone but manages only three field goals with one turnover and one missed field goal adding the the Wildcats’ despair. Demond Tucker is a disruptive force for the Cyclones as the senior defensive lineman plays a key role in K-State's red zone woes with his forays into the offensive backfield.
Week 9 standings
1. Oklahoma State 8-0 (5-0 in Big 12)
2. Oklahoma -- 7-1 (4-1)
3. Texas Tech -- 6-2 (3-2)
4. TCU -- 6-2, (3-2)
5. Baylor -- 5-1 (2-1)
6. West Virginia -- 5-2 (2-2)
7. Texas -- 4-4 (2-3)
8. Kansas State-- 3-5 (1-4)
9. Iowa State -- 3-5 (1-4)
10. Kansas -- 2-6 (0-5)