What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 9 of the Big 12 season.
Big 12 Week 9 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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Big 12 Week 9 Rankings
1. Oklahoma (6-2)
2. Oklahoma State (6-2)
3. Kansas State (5-3)
4. West Virginia (6-1)
5. Texas (4-4)
6. Baylor (6-1)
7. Texas Tech (4-4)
8. TCU (4-4)
9. Iowa State (1-7)
10. Kansas (1-7)
Big 12 Week 9 Roundup
Oklahoma State 37, West Virginia 20
Prediction: West Virginia 41, Oklahoma State 34, WVU -3.5
Quick Take: You … can’t … make … mistakes on the road in the Big 12. West Virginia did everything right – outgaining OSU by almost 75 yards – but hold on to the ball, with Skyler Howard giving up three times, and the defense failing to come up with a takeaway in a playoff-killing loss. Mason Rudolph threw well for the Cowboys to overcome a rocky day from the running game, but it was the OSU defense that created the pressure and the takeaways needed to tighten up the Big 12 title chase.
Kansas State 31, Iowa State 26
Prediction: Kansas State 27, Iowa State 13, KSU -6.5
Quick Take: The Kansas State defense collapsed in the fourth quarter, but the offense did enough early on to provide the cushion needed to survive. Jesse Ertz was terrific for the Wildcats, completing 18-of-28 passes for 151 yards and a score, and running for 106 yards on nine carries to help out a huge day from the ground game. How effective was the O? It converted 8-of-12 third down chances. The K-State defensive front stuffed the Iowa State running backs, but QB Joel Lanning was able to run well and Jacob Park threw for 301 yards and two scores in comeback mode.
Texas 35, Baylor 34
Prediction: Texas 41, Baylor 37, Baylor, -3.5
Quick Take: That’s it for the Big 12’s College Football Playoff hopes – unless something wacky happens – and that might be moment that saves Charlie Strong. D’Onta Foreman continues to play at a Doak Walker level with 250 yards and two scores on 32 carries, while Shane Buechele overcame a rocky all-around game to come through in the clutch to set up the game-winning field goal. Baylor’s ground game was outstanding, with Terence Williams running for 180 yards and a score and Seth Russell coming up with 138 yards and a touchdown, but the O fell flat in the fourth quarter with Russell struggling on the key late drives.
Texas Tech 27, TCU 24, 2OT
Prediction: TCU 52, Texas Tech 40, TCU -8.5
Quick Take: Defense and special teams turned out to matter in what was supposed to be a wild and crazy shootout. TCU’s Brandon Hatfield missed three kicks – including the key one in the second overtime – and Texas Tech’s Clayton Hatfield hit both of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner. Patrick Mahomes only threw for 206 yards and two scores, and TCU’s Kenny Hill only managed 160 yards with a pick – and Foster Sawyer didn’t do much better hitting 6-of-17 throws for 86 yards and a score – as neither offense settled in. TCU’s bad season gets worse losing three of its last four games, while Texas Tech breaks its three-game losing streak to get back into bowl contention.
Oklahoma 56, Kansas 3
Prediction: Oklahoma 52, Kansas 14, OU -40.5
Quick Take: Oklahoma is Oklahoma, and Kansas isn’t. The Sooners needed a quarter to warm up and then came the fireworks as Baker Mayfield completed 16-of-24 passes for 236 yards and four scores, and Dede Westbrook kept the momentum rolling with 105 yards and a score on five catches, and taking a punt for a TD. Kansas managed an early field goal, and that was it for the fun with no running game and absolutely zero downfield passing attack. The Sooners called off the dogs after the third – they could’ve put up 70+ if they wanted to.
Big 12 Week 9 Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
Russell Athletic Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl