1. Texas @ Oklahoma: The 107th Red River Shootout
It has only happened twice since 1997, but Oklahoma and Texas will arrive in Dallas with a conference loss under their belts. You can count on another high scoring game, littered with big plays, as missed tackles have plagued the Texas defense and David Ash continues to put up solid numbers.
2. West Virginia @ Texas Tech: Geno Smith takes his flying circus to Lubbock for another high scoring game.
Here’s a fun fact: West Virginia hasn't played an entire season without a loss to an unranked team since 2003. Despite this statistic, Texas Tech gave up 41 points to their first worthy opponent (Oklahoma) of the season and I don’t see them stopping the most prolific offense in the country.
3. TCU @ Baylor: The fate of TCU will be placed in the hands of freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin.
We all know the big story here is Casey Pachall’s departure from TCU, but what’s important here is the game. After throwing 3 interceptions last week, Boykin’s biggest focus this week is not turning the ball over to a team with one of the most explosive offense’s in the nation. Baylor’s averaging 54.3 PPG and 416.5 yards in the air which means turnovers will could lead to a blowout. TCU is a solid team all-around, but without a starting quarterback their season ended last week.
4. Kansas State @ Iowa State: Kansas State will continue to roll.
I wouldn’t invest too much in Iowa State’s upset over TCU last week. Kansas State put up 209 yards on the ground against Oklahoma and had the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than the Sooner offense. With Kansas State having the time of possession advantage it is imperative for Iowa State to win the field position battle and capitalize on every possession.
5. Big 12 Heisman hopefuls: Geno Smith, Collin Klein, and Joseph Randle
Geno Smith (QB, WVU) – Smith has passed for 24 straight touchdowns without an interception this season. In fact, he hasn’t thrown an interception since December 1 of last year against South Florida. With a 202.4 QBR you can count on Smith to maintain his lead in the Heisman race after the Texas Tech game is said and done.
Collin Klein (QB, KSU) – Klein hasn’t put up mind blowing numbers but he stands at No. 3 in the Heisman race thus far. Klein has been an offensive catalyst for a Kansas State team that remains undefeated and is a national championship contender currently ranked at No. 6. Klein’s biggest challenge this week is keeping his Wildcats focused on the game at hand as they face No. 5 West Virginia next week.
Joseph Randle (RB, OSU) – It’s difficult to top the Heisman list when you’re playing for a .500 team but Randle still remains in the race. Randle has 623 total yards, 6 touchdowns, and is averaging 7.1 YPC on the season. You can count on Randle to have another big game against a struggling Kansas team.