Bedlam to start November in Big 12; maybe more in December
Some things to watch during Week 10 of the Big 12 Conference, with five games Saturday:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Bedlam to start November, and maybe more to come a month later. For only the second time in 13 years, No. 8 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) and No. 11 Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1) are meeting before the final game of the regular season. The Sooners and the Cowboys are part of a four-way tie atop the conference standings with four games left before the league’s championship game. There is the possibility they could meet again Dec. 2, no matter who wins Saturday in Stillwater. Quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are going for their 15th consecutive true road victory. Oklahoma is 14-1 when both Bedlam teams are in the Top 25. Oklahoma leads the nation with 586 total yards per game, while Oklahoma State is third at 569 yards per game.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill vs. the Texas defense. The Horned Frogs will be looking to rebound from a season-low 307 total yards without an offensive touchdown in a 14-7 loss at Iowa State, where Hill had two second-half turnovers inside the Cyclones 10. Texas held Baylor to 249 yards in a 38-7 win last week. The Longhorns are third in the Big 12 allowing 21 points a game.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
No. 14 Iowa State has won four straight road games for the first time since 1971. That was 10 years after the end of their last five-game road winning streak. The surprising Cyclones, who play at West Virginia on Saturday, control their fate in the Big 12 race. … Oklahoma is playing Oklahoma State for the 112th time, matching the 112 games the Sooners have played Texas, the most against any opponent. … Kansas WR Steven Sims has dealt with injuries this season and had consecutive games with only one catch before nine receptions for 233 yards and a touchdown last week against Kansas State. It was his third 100-yard game this season. … Kansas State has returned at least one kick for a touchdown in a nation’s-best 13 straight years after a 99-yard kickoff return by D.J. Reed last week against Kansas. … West Virginia is 25-25 in conference games since getting in the Big 12 in 2012.
Baylor (0-8, 0-5), the Big 12’s only winless team, is more than a touchdown favorite to win at Kansas (1-7, 0-5). The Bears have won seven in a row in the series, including their last three trips to Memorial Stadium. The Jayhawks have lost seven in a row since winning their season opener.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Texas Tech DB Justus Parker has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in the last four games. The sophomore walk-on is second in the Big 12 with his three interceptions, among the 10 for the Red Raiders already this season after only five all of the 2016 season.
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