Big 12 predictions: Week 12

Consistency is the mark of any champion. To borrow a phrase from West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen: From a Big 12 predictions standpoint, it’s been a run of crazy consistency for yours truly this season. The last time I missed more than one game in a single week was all the way back in Week 4. Since then, I’ve logged two perfect weeks, too. Here we are two months later, and I’ve got no intentions on slowing down. Onward to this week’s picks!

Last week: 4-1 (.800)
Overall: 49-12 (.803)

West Virginia and KU are 7th and 10th respectively in team passer rating this season, and neither team sounds sure of who its starting quarterback will be in Lawrence. Clint Trickett appeared to suffer a head injury (“He kind of went blank there for a little bit,” Holgorsen said.) in a loss to Texas and freshman Montell Cozart was listed as a co-starter alongside Jake Heaps on KU’s depth chart this week. Tony Pierson gives WVU’s defense fits, but the Mountaineers keep their bowl hopes alive heading into a season finale against Iowa State. … West Virginia 31, Kansas 21

Oklahoma’s offense is going to look a lot better against Iowa State at home than it did on the road against Baylor. Bob Stoops is doing the right thing: Sticking with Blake Bell. There are issues with scheme and a real lack of identity in playcalling. This is an opportunity to build come confidence heading into the home stretch of the season, even if OU’s not playing for much more than an improved bowl destination … Oklahoma 37, Iowa State 14

Austin will play host to the best game in the Big 12 this week. OSU has won in its last two trips to Austin, and behind Desmond Roland, could win a third. Josh Stewart’s status is in doubt, but even if he plays, we won’t see him at full strength. OSU has enough weapons to make up for the loss. Losing Johnathan Gray is too much for Texas. Calvin Barnett and Caleb Lavey stuff Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown. Tracy Moore catches a touchdown and holds down the outside. David Glidden continues to make plays inside. Pokes, a pro tip: Don’t leave a winnable game in Case McCoy’s hands in the fourth quarter. Just ask Iowa State and West Virginia. The number of undefeated teams in Big 12 play is officially trimmed to one. … Oklahoma State 30, Texas 27

Texas may have won its last six games, but Kansas State has looked unbeatable in the last three weeks with wins over West Virginia, Iowa State and on the road at Texas Tech. The Wildcats are a wrecking ball with a burgeoning offense. TCU’s offense won’t be able to keep up behind Jake Waters and Daniel Sams. Tyler Lockett may be the most underrated player in the conference. TCU coach Gary Patterson’s return to his alma mater turns forgettable. … Kansas State 34, TCU 14

Texas Tech’s strong start on defense has gone awry, in part thanks to better offenses and in part because of injuries to guys like Terrance Bullitt and Dartwan Bush. Baylor will take advantage, even if Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin don’t play. Jace Amaro will top double-digit catches, but Baylor’s defense locks everybody else down while the offense continues its tear. … Baylor 51, Texas Tech 21