Big 12 pregame: K-State over OSU in an upset special
Big 12 football’s conference season goes into full blast with four games Saturday that include a couple of dandies – Kansas State at Oklahoma State and Iowa State Baylor.
Here’s how we rank the four games on top, plus picking an upset special and a coach on the hot seat.
1. Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN+: It’s a shame this is on ESPN+. This is a game that would draw some national eyeballs, since most of the prime-time games figure to be routs. I’m looking at you, Ohio State-Nebraska.
2. Iowa State at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN: This has been a good series in the Big 12 era – 8-8 in 16 meetings.
3. Texas Tech at Oklahoma, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox: Tech coach Matt Wells’ family was Sooner born and bred. His grandfather, parents, aunts, uncles, brother. All OU grads. Wells himself went to Utah State.
4. Kansas at TCU, 11 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports1: The Jayhawks beat the Horned Frogs last season. You’d think we’d remember the KU wins easier.
UPSET SPECIAL: Kansas State over OSU
Cowboy-Wildcat games in Stillwater are among the most underrated in the Big 12.
Here are the results of KSU’s 21st-century trips to Boone Pickens Stadium: Kansas State 45-40 in 2017, OSU 36-34 in 2015, OSU 33-29 in 2013, OSU 52-45 in 2011, OSU 41-39 in 2007, OSU 38-34 in 2003.
Sounds like a game that ought to be on ABC, not ESPN+. So expect a wild one Saturday night.
OSU was impressive in defeat at Texas, losing 36-30 despite not playing well. But Kansas State was impressive in victory at Mississippi State, winning 31-24 despite not playing well.
The Cowboys are 4-1/2 point favorites, but K-State plays tough in Stillwater. Lets go with the Wildcats in the upset.
COACH ON THE HOT SEAT: TCU’s Gary Patterson
Since Trevone Boykin’s final season, 2015, TCU has had quarterback troubles. But Gary Patterson usually could rely on his defense.
Not so last Saturday, when SMU shocked the Horned Frogs 41-38 to win the Iron Skillet and raise questions about TCU’s squad. The Frog quarterback problems persist, but now you have to wonder about the defense.
Saturday, TCU hosts Kansas, and the Jayhawks haven’t won a Big 12 road game since October 4, 2008. But the Jayhawks already have won at Boston College and appear to be much more competitive in Les Miles’ first season at KU.
If Kansas can pull the upset Saturday, it would raise all kinds of concerns about a TCU program that is 10-8 since making the 2017 Big 12 Championship Game.