Big 12 predictions: Week 3

Big 12 play continues this week, and we’ve got a handful of tough picks around the Big 12 in Week 3. Texas’ meltdown in Provo was our only miss of Week 2. Let’s get started.

Last week: 7-1 (.875)
Overall: 13-4 (.765)

THURSDAY

Texas Tech 27, TCU 21: I’m really intrigued to see what defensive mastermind Gary Patterson has in store for Baker Mayfield and the Tech offense. I buy Kliff Kingsbury’s ability to adjust, and get Mayfield into situations where he can be productive and avoid his first interception of the season. Tech needs its running game to pick it up a bit, too. TCU’s D will eat up a one-dimensional offense. Kenny Williams gives Tech enough to spring the upset in Lubbock.

SATURDAY

Oklahoma State 51, Lamar 10: Poor Lamar. He never knew what hit him. No amount of distractions will change the outcome of this one.

Iowa State 31, Iowa 27: Iowa State’s angry after losing to FCS Northern Iowa in its opener and having to stare at an 0-1 record for two weeks. The Cyclones are a three-point underdog, but bounce back behind a strong crowd and stronger running game to pull the upset and make it three consecutive wins over the Hawkeyes.  

Ole Miss 34, Texas 31: Consider me skeptical that Greg Robinson can fix what ails Texas in less than a week. Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace will test Texas’ defense against the read option a whole lot. The Longhorns offense plays well, but not well enough.

Kansas State 41, UMass 14: UMass has a decent case as the worst team in the FBS.

West Virginia 55, Georgia State 10: If any FBS team is worse than the Minutemen in Manhattan this week, it’s Georgia State. The Panthers are newcomers to the division, but are 0-2 against FCS teams. Clint Trickett gets back in the rotation at QB.

Oklahoma 37, Tulsa 10: Tulsa’s offense looks like it’s struggling a bit, and the Sooner D locks down in Norman. Blake Bell looks solid in his first career start.

Rice 34, Kansas 30:
It’s been exactly four years from today since Kansas won a road game (vs. UTEP), but the streak continues in Houston. Rice’s offense proves too tough a test for the Jayhawks defense, and the offense doesn’t keep the pace.