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Big 12 Week 11 Preview

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For the first time since week three, there will not be a matchup between two ranked Big 12 teams this weekend.

 

This will be a chance for most of conference's teams in the top 25 to improve their records, as three of the four have home games against teams in the bottom half of the standings.

 

The only ranked team that won't be playing at home will be #2 Kansas State (9-0, 6-0), which will head to Fort Worth to take on TCU (6-3, 3-3). This will be the tenth game in as many weeks for the Horned Frogs, and they're coming off of that double overtime thriller in Morgantown last week.

 

There's a bit of uncertainty at quarterback for Kansas State for the first time this year. Collin Klein left last week's game with an injury, and the offense sputtered without him. The team is hopeful that he will be able to play on Saturday. If he can, even if it's not at one hundred percent, you have to believe that the Wildcats should be able to improve to 10-0.

 

Nobody in the country knows more about quarterback injuries this season than Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2). Wes Lunt began the year as the starter, but an injury gave the job to J.W. Walsh for a few weeks. Once Walsh went down with a season-ending injury, Lunt took over once again. Then, he was hurt last weekend. Throughout that mess, Clint Chelf has earned 35 pass attempts.

 

With West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) up next for the Cowboys, Mike Gundy is expecting Lunt and Chelf to split practice time before deciding who will play on Saturday. No matter who plays, there's a good chance they'll find success against the West Virginia secondary. The Mountaineers' pass defense has been atrocious this year, and Oklahoma State's offense has been explosive.

 

This West Virginia team needs a win as bad as anyone in the conference. The defense has struggled from the start, but the offense has dropped off in recent weeks. To win against the Cowboys, the Mountaineers will likely need to put up points the way they were earlier in the year.

 

The Mountaineers haven't been the same since beating Texas in Austin. The Longhorns (7-2, 4-2) looked to be on a downward spiral at one point, too, but now on a three-game winning streak, they have risen to 17th in the polls. This week, they'll host Iowa State (5-4, 2-4).

 

Despite the losing conference record, the Cyclones have been a tough out this year. They just about knocked off Kansas State a few weeks ago and have one of the better defenses in the league. The offense hasn't been great, but if the defense can slow down the Longhorns, an upset is possible.

 

Baylor (4-4, 1-4) finally got a conference win last weekend, but it will be tough to get a winning streak started with a road trip to #12 Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1) up next. The Sooners may have two losses on the year, but both of them have come to undefeated, top five teams. The Bears, on the other hand, have defeated three non-BCS teams, and Kansas.

 

Nick Florence has led a very good offense, but the defense is terrible. Landry Jones should be able to exploit that, and Oklahoma will likely come out of this game with a win.

 

The only other game features that Kansas (1-8, 0-6) team, and #22 Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3). The Jayhawks are as close to an automatic win as this league has. They played close games against Texas and TCU, but still have not won a conference game. It's hard to imagine that changing on Saturday.

 

Texas Tech is coming off a loss to Texas, so the Kansas game comes at a good time. The Red Raiders have been a lot better than most people expected them to be, and a win will keep them in the upper half of the standings. The hardest part of the schedule is already behind them, too.

 

This week won't feature teams at the top beating each other up, but there are still games that could shake up the standings.

 

The biggest story will still be whether or not Kansas State can keep the National Championship hopes alive.

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