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 14:
Oklahoma 44, Oklahoma State 24: The Sooners overwhelm the Cowboys in a pseudo-Big 12 title game for the second straight year. Baker Mayfield puts a stamp on his Heisman Trophy candidacy by accounting for more than 400 yards and three touchdowns after Oklahoma State focuses on shutting down Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon. Oklahoma’s defense is stellar as well, forcing two turnovers and sacking Mason Rudolph five times.
West Virginia 34, Baylor 28: Skyler Howard, Rushel Shell and Shelton Gibson are a handful for Baylor’s defense as Howard passes for three scores, Shell rushes for a pair of touchdowns, and Gibson is on the receiving end of two of Howard’s scoring throws. Baylor’s offense struggles against an improving West Virginia defense that forces three turnovers.
Kansas State 27, TCU 24: The Wildcats end the season with a road upset behind a punt return for a touchdown and touchdown run on a reverse from Dominique Heath. K-State’s defense plays its best game of the season, holding TCU to less than 5 yards per play, amassing 11 tackles for loss and forcing one turnover in the Wildcats’ win.
Week 14 standings
1. Oklahoma -- 11-1 (8-1 in Big 12)
2. Oklahoma State 9-3 (6-3)
3. Texas Tech -- 8-4 (5-4)
4. West Virginia -- 8-4 (5-4)
5. Baylor -- 8-4 (5-4)
6. Texas -- 7-5 (5-4)
7. TCU -- 8-4 (5-4)
8. Kansas State-- 5-6 (3-5)
9. Iowa State -- 4-8 (2-6)
10. Kansas -- 2-10 (0-9)