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To some K-State fans, college football season is over until the bowls start. They’ve either moved on to the NFL or have begun watching the NHL (I mean, I’m sure there are five or six NHL fans that are part of Wildcat nation. I’m not sure if there are many more though). Anyway, to forget about college football this weekend would be a shame. Besides the conference championship games being played around the nation, there are two games in the heart of Big 12 country that will determine this year’s league title: Texas/Baylor and Oklahoma/Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State has the easiest road (win and you’re in), but Texas and Baylor also have a shot.
Good week last week on the picking. Accurately predicted TCU would keep it close against Baylor and nailed Texas and K-State winning big. Didn’t see Iowa State taking down West Virginia in overtime. 3-1 overall and 3-1 against the spread, and 75 percent ain’t too shabby. However, perfection is my aim, I’m a decent trap shooter, and those things have nothing in common. On to the picks!
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-10) Oklahoma has demonstrated it can be a really solid football team this year. But after Oklahoma State destroyed Baylor, it demonstrated how elite the Cowboys can be. Bedlam is always a thrill – we watched years of Oklahoma State getting up to play its best game against Oklahoma, hoping to spoil its BCS dream. Tables have turned in recent years, and this year Oklahoma has the opportunity to play the spoiler. I picked Oklahoma State to win the league this summer on the back of an underrated defense. That defense shows up in Stillwater and figures out a way to stop Clay Brennan – the running back that ran all over K-State (and everyone else recently). Prediction: Oklahoma State 40, Oklahoma 20 (over, in a route)
Texas at Baylor (-15) If this game was being played in early October, the spread would probably be more like four touchdowns. As it is, Texas has made a ferocious comeback the past two months and Baylor is on the heels of its first loss of the season (and boy was it a doozy) followed by a near-upset at the hands of TCU. However, there’s still little belief that the Longhorns have the chops to hang with Baylor in Waco, which is why Baylor is favored by more than two touchdowns. Baylor has endured some crushing injuries on offense recently, but does get Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin back. That should be enough to run (har har!) Baylor to 11-1. Prediction: Baylor 38, Texas 22 (over)