Big 12 Week 5 predictions

Why Oklahoma State will win: The Cowboys' offensive line has struggled, bogging down its rushing attack. What better tonic than the Texas Tech defense, which has been dismal this season. Quarterback Daxx Garman's arm will stretch the field, which will create plenty of creases for running backs Tyreek Hill, Desmond Roland and Rennie Childs in the running game. Oklahoma State 42, Texas Tech 28 -- Jake Trotter

Why Texas Tech will keep it close: The Red Raiders still have the ability to make defenses pay with a terrific passing game, and Oklahoma State's safeties will be tested in ways they haven't seen thus far. Add the Cowboys' subpar running game into the equation, and the result will be Tech putting up a much better fight than it did against Arkansas. Oklahoma State 49, Texas Tech 45 -- Brandon Chatmon

Why Baylor will win: Too many points, too quickly. The return of Antwan Goodley and several Baylor playmakers from injury spells trouble for ISU. The Bears will continue to do what made them so tough to beat in 2013: score 21-plus in the first quarter and put all the pressure on the Cyclones. Baylor 56, Iowa State 21 -- Max Olson

Why Iowa State will keep it close: The first time Baylor went on the road in the Big 12 last season, its offense sputtered, at least by Art Briles' lofty standards. The last time the Bears traveled to Iowa State, they lost by two touchdowns. The Cyclones won't pull off another gigantic upset. But behind a hard-nosed effort from Wally Burnham's defense, they will play Baylor much tougher than last season's 71-7 pasting in Waco. Baylor 39, Iowa State 22 -- Trotter

Why Texas will win: The Longhorns have the benefit of a bye week and two invaluable weeks of prep time for Tyrone Swoopes. Even if it's inconsistent, this seems like the breakout game for the Malcolm Brown-Johnathan Gray duo. Montell Cozart is in for a frustrating day if Texas can force him to pass. Texas 27, Kansas 10 -- Olson

Why Kansas will keep it close: The Jayhawks almost beat the Longhorns the last time Texas traveled to Lawrence, and there's no reason to think they can't do it again. Kansas' defense is better than people think. If Cozart and the Jayhawks' offense can hold up its end of the bargain and put up points, all bets are off. Texas 24, Kansas 20 -- Chatmon


TCU over SMU 40-2: SMU is expected to start its third different QB already this season in walk-on Garrett Krstich, who opened the season fourth on the depth chart. That's not exactly the recipe to success against a Gary Patterson-coached TCU defense. -- Trotter

Kansas State over UTEP 31-14: This is the perfect game for K-State's running attack to find its rhythm, against a UTEP defense that is allowing 242 rushing yards per game. -- Chatmon

Our records:

Brandon Chatmon: 26-3

Max Olson: 26-3

Jake Trotter: 26-3