Week 6 Big 12 preview
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Game to Watch
No. 4 Oklahoma at No. 25 TCU
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CST
The first top-25 matchup of the Big 12 schedule thus far, this weekend's contest between the Sooners and Horned Frogs in Fort Worth should be a good one. Oklahoma is certainly the favorite, and deservedly so, but TCU is no slouch, especially at home. Gary Patterson's squad has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, opening with three straight wins. The victory over Minnesota is particularly impressive, now that the Golden Gophers have proven they can hold their own in the Big 10.
For Oklahoma, this will be its first real test of the season. Bob Stoops and Co. steamrolled their first few opponents but had some trouble against West Virginia a couple weeks ago. Freshman sensation Samaje Perrine won't have as much running room against TCU, so quarterback Trevor Knight will have to be better.
Matchup to Watch
Baylor's receivers vs. Texas' defensive backs
Having now been coined WRU –- Wide Receiver University –- the Baylor receiving corps may be the best in the nation this season. Senior Antwan Goodley is the most recognizable name, but he's just one of many weapons for Bears quarterback Bryce Petty. With Goodley having been out most of the season, freshman KD Cannon has been dominant in his place, racking up over 500 yards and five touchdowns through four games this season. He's one of five Baylor receivers who has caught a touchdown of 25 yards or more this season.
The Longhorn secondary, that has long been known as DBU -– Defensive Back University -- has been equally as dominant. Led by senior Quandre Diggs, Texas has allowed only 140.5 passing yards per game, eighth best in the nation and has already tallied nine interceptions this year, the second most in the country. Petty and his slew of stud receivers will certainly be the toughest test for the Longhorns, but Baylor's high flying offense hasn't seen anything quite like the Texas blanket either.
Player to Watch
Junior quarterback Daxx Garman, Oklahoma State
Garman, a Southlake, Texas native, has been handed the reigns to the Cowboys offense with J.W. Walsh out for the foreseeable future. The Pokes have been good, not great, this season and this weekend's matchup with Iowa State serves as somewhat of a trap game for Oklahoma State. Garman was great against a porous Texas Tech defense, throwing for four touchdowns and rushing for another.
The Cyclones defense is a much better unit than that of the Red Raiders, so it won't be so easy for Garman to light up the scoreboard this week. He and the Cowboys need to rack up the wins now, as their last six games of the season come against the top six squads in the conference.
Iowa State at No. 21 Oklahoma State (-17)
The Cyclones are underrated, but the Cowboys offense is simply too much for Iowa State to keep up with.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38–24
No. 7 Baylor (-14.5) at Texas
The Longhorn defense will be the best unit the Bears have seen this year, but Bryce Petty has too many weapons at his disposal.
Prediction: Baylor, 35–21
No. 4 Oklahoma (-3.5) at No. 25 TCU
The Horned Frogs have been better than anyone could have expected so far this season, but the Sooners are too much for TCU to handle at this point.
Prediction: Oklahoma, 27–17
Kansas at West Virginia (-27.5)
The Jayhawks are in a full-fledged free fall at this point. With Charlie Weis gone, they'll have to adjust to a new coach on the fly and that doesn't usually lead to very many wins.
Prediction: West Virginia, 42-10
Texas Tech at Kansas State (-14)
The Red Raiders defense is absolutely awful. No matter what Kliff Kingsbury is able to dial up for Davis Webb and the Tech offense, it won't be enough to make up for their fledgling defense.
Prediction: Kansas State, 45-28
Stefan Scrafield is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a passion for college sports, professional baseball, golf and early retirement. Follow him on Twitter: @stefanscrafield