Big 12 predictions: Week 8

Another crazy upset caught me off guard last week, but our own Tony Banks here at Fox Sports Southwest might be the only person I saw anywhere picking Texas. I had the Longhorns winning this game before the season, but the Sooners’ strong start and Texas’ struggles had me buying into another big Oklahoma win. 

To quote one Art Briles, Texas had two words to say to the rest of the country: “Not today.” The Longhorns also denied me a second consecutive perfect week. Alas, I solider on. Let’s get to this week’s picks. 

Last week: 3-1 (.750)
Overall: 34-9 (.791)

West Virginia is the Big 12’s resident wild card, and spent the bye week healing up at quarterback. The Mountaineers already marred one undefeated Big 12 team’s season (Oklahoma State) in Morgantown, and will get a chance on Saturday. Just like last season, though, the Red Raiders’ defense is the difference. Tech wins the turnover battle, slows down Charles Sims and validates its 6-0 start with a huge road win to get to 7-0 and set up a mammoth showdown in Norman next week. … Texas Tech 31, West Virginia 21

Gary Patterson revealed that a blown tire meant TCU’s arrival at Amon G. Carter Stadium last week for its game against Kansas was delayed 30 minutes. Look no further for the story of TCU’s season. The Frogs are loaded with talent, but two are sitting on the sidelines with injuries (DE Devonte Fields, QB Casey Pachall) and one more has been unproductive (WR Brandon Carter) and not exactly in Patterson’s good graces. Oklahoma State’s season hasn’t been ideal, but J.W. Walsh shows why embracing the QB run game is a must for OSU. The Cowboys won’t move the ball consistently through the air, but the running game gets them over the top in TCU’s second trip to Stillwater in two years, thanks to a league scheduling quirk. … Oklahoma State 24, TCU 20

People love to talk about Bob Stoops’ record in the game after the Red River Rivalry, and for good reason. The Sooners are 14-0, but look further and that record gets even more impressive. Seven wins came against teams in the top 25, and five were against teams in the top 16. This week, the Sooners travel to Kansas to face the Big 12’s worst team. Jayhawks, I apologize for what is coming. … Oklahoma 44, Kansas 13

Last week was a close call and Baylor came very close to suffering a less-than-shocking upset. The Bears are going back home, and Iowa State doesn’t have the level of athletes on defense that Kansas State does. A solid running game might help shorten the game a bit with Aaron Wimberly, but Sam Richardson is not the runner at quarterback that Kansas State’s Daniel Sams is. Baylor gets back to its outrageous, offensive ways. … Baylor 63, Iowa State 20