Baylor finally broke through with its first win of the season last week against Kansas, but nobody wants to stop there.
The Bears hope to make it two straight against a slumping Texas Tech squad that’s taken a nosedive with four straight losses after a 4-1 start.
In their 38-9 thrashing of the Jayhawks, the Bears played well on both sides of the ball as freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer hit 23 of 29 for 315 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and the defense limited the Jayhawks to 249 yards.
Facing Texas Tech’s dynamic offense will be a much bigger challenge.
Texas Tech (-7.5) vs. Baylor
Baylor’s defense has played well for two straight weeks, but can it stop Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek and company?
Shimonek has passed for 3,068 yards and 26 touchdowns, and his biggest target has been Keke Coutee with 69 catches for 1,026 yards and nine scores.
Texas Tech also has a strong ground game led by Justin Stockton with 525 yards and four touchdowns and Tre King with 504 yards and three scores.
Baylor can’t schedule Kansas again and will have trouble stopping this offensive juggernaut.
Texas Tech 42, Baylor 28
No. 12 Oklahoma State (-6.5) at No. 24 Iowa State
Riding four-game winning streaks, the Cowboys and Cyclones were the hottest teams in the Big 12 until last weekend.
Despite playing in Stillwater, Oklahoma State couldn’t overcome Oklahoma as it lost a 62-52 shootout. Iowa State played good defense once again but couldn’t produce enough offense in a 20-16 loss to West Virginia in Morgantown.
Ames has become a tough place to play with Iowa State’s rise this season, but the Cowboys are hard to stop anywhere and will have enough offense to win on the road.
Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 21
West Virginia (+2.5) at Kansas State
With third-string quarterback Skylar Thompson throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Byron Pringle in overtime, the Wildcats stunned Texas Tech, 42-35, in Lubbock last weekend.
West Virginia became bowl eligible with its sixth win following its win over Iowa State last weekend.
This week it will be a 5-4 Kansas State team’s turn to become bowl eligible with a win over the Mountaineers.
Kansas State 28, West Virginia 24
No. 8 TCU (+7) at No. 5 Oklahoma
Oklahoma played in the Big 12 game of the year in its win over Oklahoma State last weekend.
The next Big 12 game of the year will be this weekend when the Sooners host the Horned Frogs in a battle of top 10 teams.
The Horned Frogs have a tremendous defense which could give the Sooners some trouble. But TCU’s offense is looking more pedestrian as the season progresses, and that won’t be enough to win in Norman.
Oklahoma 35, TCU 24
No. 3 Notre Dame (-3.5) at No. 10 Miami
Just when you think these two teams are faded powers, they surprise you.
Both the Fighting Irish (8-1) and Hurricanes (8-0) have their sights set on a possible college football berth, and need to win this game to stay in contention.
While Saturday’s matchup won’t get as much attention as the 1988 “Catholics vs. Convicts” game that the Irish won, 31-30, Notre Dame will pull this one out again.
Notre Dame 24, Miami 17
Last week: 1-4 overall, 1-4 against the line
Season: 30-15 overall, 24-20-1 against the line