Big 12 predictions: Week 10

I was burned by the upset once again. I took Texas Tech to stay undefeated on the road against Oklahoma, but Bob Stoops and his Sooners reminded me (and America) why they can be truly fearsome in Norman. In the process, they assured the Big 12 will remain wide open for the second half of the season; half the league has one or fewer losses in Big 12 play. Two of those one-loss teams play this week. I’m sad that this week will come and go without an appearance from the Big 12’s leader in postgame selfies with fans.

Let’s get to the picks.

Last week: 4-1 (.800)
Overall: 42-10 (.808)

Both Texas and Kansas will be missing players suffered concussions, came back a few weeks later, but suffered residual symptoms from the head injury. Kansas running back Tony Pierson won’t be on the field this week, and Texas quarterback David Ash has been ruled out a week in advance of Texas’ last two games. Here’s hoping both of those guys can get back soon, but nobody on KU’s roster is going to be able to do much about the Longhorns’ running game. … Texas 37, Kansas 13

Farmageddon returns! These games are always sneaky good, and I suspect we’ll see the same in The Little Apple. Kansas State’s two-quarterback system won’t always look as pretty as it did last week, but it looks good enough to keep K-State on track for a bowl game. Without Aaron Wimberly, Iowa State’s offense lacks a real punch. The Cyclones put a scare into the Wildcats early, but it’s not enough. Daniel Sams and John Hubert drain the clock in the second half … Kansas State 31, Iowa State 20

West Virginia fell from the ranks of the Big 12 contenders last year. This year, it was TCU’s turn. The Big 12 newbies have lost eight of their 10 Big 12 games in 2013, and one of those two wins is over Kansas. It’s fair for TCU to blame injuries this year, but I’m still wondering how in the world a team that averages 14.3 points in Big 12 play is a 14-point favorite against the Mountaineers. Both of these teams have struggling offenses, but give me the team with the best overall weapon: Charles Sims. WVU springs the road upset … West Virginia 20, TCU 13

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury opened up a costume contest at Saturday’s game for students, and he’s handing out $1,000 to the winner. That’s nice icing on the cake, but this crowd was going to be hyped without. This could be an all-time crowd in Lubbock, and quarterback Davis Webb (Did you know he used to be hockey player?) continues his amazing run through his freshman season. Nothing’s going to stop Tech from getting to that Baylor game with a shot to play for the Big 12 title. … Texas Tech 41, Oklahoma State 31