Big 12 Week 7 predictions

Predictions for Saturday's games in the Big 12:

Why Oklahoma will win: The Texas defense has been phenomenal in recent weeks. But the Texas offense has been abysmal. The Sooners have some issues, and they could struggle to move the ball again in Dallas the way they struggled late in last week's game in Fort Worth. But as long as Oklahoma doesn’t completely melt down with turnovers, it’s difficult to envision a capped-out Tyrone Swoopes attack putting enough points on the board to pull off a second consecutive stunner in this rivalry. Oklahoma hasn't lost back-to-back regular-season games under Bob Stoops since 1999. That doesn't change Saturday. Oklahoma 22, Texas 9 Jake Trotter

Why Texas will keep it close: Defense. Texas' No. 5-ranked pass defense thrived against Baylor and is going to give Trevor Knight trouble. The Longhorns can win the turnover battle and at least give their struggling offense some advantages in field position. But whether Swoopes is ready to capitalize, I just don't know. Plus, Texas' kicking game is a real problem. Oklahoma 21, Texas 17 Max Olson

Why Baylor will win: The Baylor offense has been a completely different animal at home. Since 2013, the Bears have averaged 60 points a game in Waco. This will be the toughest defense Baylor has faced at home during that span. But while the Horned Frogs have played well, asking them to beat two top-five teams in back-to-back weeks seems like too tall a task. Baylor 41, TCU 30 Trotter

Why TCU will keep it close: Trevone Boykin. It doesn’t matter how good a defense is playing if Boykin is throwing like an efficient quarterback and running like a superb running back. He can present all sorts of problems for Baylor’s defense and will, at the very least, help TCU keep it close. Baylor 48, TCU 45Brandon Chatmon

Why West Virginia will win: The Mountaineers are battle-tested and playing with a confidence we haven’t seen from Dana Holgorsen’s squad since the last time they headed to Lubbock. That Geno Smith-led West Virginia squad was hammered by Tech, but that won’t happen this time around. West Virginia's offense and playmakers are a handful, and the Red Raiders can’t seem to stop shooting themselves in the foot. West Virginia 41, Texas Tech 27Chatmon

Why Texas Tech will win: There's a chance this is just completely wrong, because Texas Tech really does make the same mistakes week after week. But I'm going with the home team in a high-scoring affair, not out of disrespect for West Virginia but out of a hunch that Tech isn't as awful as we assume. Texas Tech 45, West Virginia 42 Olson

Why Oklahoma State will win: The Jayhawks' offense hasn’t seemed to find a rhythm all season and the Cowboys' defense is maturing before our eyes. Add the explosive element Daxx Garman has brought to the Pokes’ attack, and it’s hard to imagine the Jayhawks scoring enough points to upset Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State 30, Kansas 10Chatmon

Why Kansas will keep it close: Two years ago, Oklahoma went to Lawrence with an inexperienced quarterback and barely won, 20-14. This time it’s Garman instead of J.W. Walsh. And while the Cowboys have been potent downfield, they’ve also been inconsistent with shorter passes and with running the ball. An underrated Kansas defense will keep the Jayhawks in this game again. Oklahoma State 24, Kansas 13Trotter

Other unanimous pick

Iowa State over Toledo, 34-20: The Rockets have won three in a row and rank No. 6 nationally in yards per rush. They won't necessarily be a quick, easy out for Iowa State. But the Cyclones will avoid any controversial calls and their defense will get back on track in this much-needed reprieve from conference play. – Olson

Season records:

  • Chatmon: 35-4

  • Olson: 35-4

  • Trotter: 35-4