Last week was a successful win for the Big 12 conference. Matter of fact, it might be at its peak. The Big 12 went 7-2 in week three. Kansas, Kansas State and TCU each put on an impressive performance on the road. KSU beat Mississippi State, KU bounced back with a stunning victory at Boston College, and TCU took care of business at Purdue. Iowa State and Texas Tech weren’t so lucky. Because of the victories from the Big 12, Gallagher Martin is ahead of Peter Holland Jr., slightly. Not much Big 12 action this week as Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas Tech are off this Saturday. However, The Texas-Oklahoma State game makes up for it. A game that could arguably be the best matchup in the conference. Here are our picks.
ULM at Iowa State
Gallagher- Iowa State has an Iowa problem. Another year of heartbreak for the Cyclones. Let’s see if Iowa State bounces back appropriately. 30-13 Iowa State
Peter- Iowa State really needs a bounce-back win after a crucial punt return that cost the Cyclones the game against Iowa. A blow-out win over Louisiana Monroe is what the doctor ordered. 31-6 Iowa State
SMU at No. 25 TCU
Gallagher- Both teams are undefeated, and this game could be close. TCU looked good defensively last week at Purdue. 35-17 TCU
Peter- TCU got its signature win at Purdue last week. It’s pretty clear Max Duggan, a freshman, is the better quarterback, but the Horned Frogs are still giving Alex Delton some touches. It’s Kansas State all over again, I guess. It will be costly down the road if Gary Patterson doesn’t figure out their quarterback dilemma. A two-quarterback system will not last. 27-14 TCU
West Virginia at Kansas
Gallagher- If Kansas wants to earn respect, it will have to come in the Big 12 conference and not on the road at Boston College. Nice win for KU, but let’s see some consistency. 34-20 WVU
Peter- KU shocked the world when they upset Boston College on the road, a week after losing to Coastal Carolina. I gotta give props to Les Miles for not refusing to go down the one-win losing path. A conference win against West Virginia could be the breakthrough of what to expect from Jayhawks under Miles. I’m still not too sure they will accomplish that. It will be a close one.
27-24 West Virginia
Baylor at Rice
Gallagher- Baylor is quietly one of the better teams in the conference. I think Baylor is one of four or five teams in the conference that can make the title game. 48-17 Baylor
Peter- Baylor has one more non conference game before the start of its opener against Iowa State. The last two games, the Bears has annihilated low-tier teams, outscoring them 119-31. More to come on Saturday at Rice. 41-10 Baylor
Oklahoma State at No. 12 Texas
Gallagher- Oklahoma State has won five straight games in Austin. Chuba Hubbard is leading the nation in rushing and Tylan Wallace is leading the nation in receiving. Texas doesn’t have the defense to stop either. Expect a shootout. 45-37 Oklahoma State
Peter- I’m excited about this game, not as excited as Gallagher, but this game could say a lot about either team. A win against the Longhorns could be a step forward for the Cowboys, while it will be a step back for Texas, dropping to 2-2. I think Texas is a better team led by Sam Ehlinger, but the Cowboys are not too far off. This could come down to a field goal.
No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia
Gallagher- Georgia opened as a 14.5 point favorite! Is there really a two-touchdown difference between the third and seventh best teams in the nation? We’ll find out Saturday. 34-24 Georgia
Peter- I expect a hard-nose, low-scoring action between Notre Dame and Georgia. Whoever wins should get a playoff spot. This is as good as it gets. I am high on Georgia. Jake Frohm is a stud at quarterback, DeAndre Swift is a great back and the defense is fast enough to shut down Ian Book of Notre Dame. I give Georgia the edge.