It's a huge weekend for college football, absolutely massive. There are at least six, possibly seven or eight games that have a direct impact on TCU and the College Football Playoff, so tune in for the insanity.
But first, the updated standings.
1. Marshall - 82-13
2. Hawk - 75-20
3. coachmelissa - 71-24
4. Jamie - 70-25
Iowa State vs. West Virginia
West Virginia 35, Iowa State 20 - West Virginia has been on a nosedive since losing to TCU, dropping games to Texas and Kansas State. However, Iowa State is the worst team in the conference, so expect the Mountaineers to win this one easily, even if Clint Trickett isn't that great.
West Virginia 40, Iowa State 13 - West Virginia is a very weird team this year, able to take the best team in the Big 12 to the wire (and beat the second best team), but equally capable of being run over and embarrassed by Texas. You never know what Mountaineer squad you're going to get, but after last year's triple overtime loss to the Cyclones, I think West Virginia comes out focused and motivated to drive Iowa State into the dirt.
West Virginia 38, Iowa State 24 - The Mountaineers snap their losing streak in this one and finish the season at a very respectable 7-5. As for Iowa State, you gotta feel for them a little bit. They lost the Texas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech games by a total of 10 points.
West Virginia 35, Iowa State 17 - The Eers bounce back after a heart breaker against K State, taking care of business at home against the conferences worst team. WVU turns to Skylar Howard to snap their three game losing streak, and the JuCo transfer, who stepped in admirably for Clint Trickett when the latter went out with a concussion, won't give up the job this week, or I predict, in the bowl game.
Texas Tech vs. No. 7 Baylor
Baylor 56, Texas Tech 17 - Baylor fans will probably want them to score more than 82 against Tech, but it isn't going to happen. Tech pushed Oklahoma to the limit last week, and if they can do the same with the Bears, it would be much appreciated. Don't think it's in the cards though, because Tech is awful.
Baylor 48, Texas Tech 31 - Tech's offense has the right parts to do a lot of damage to the Bears defense, but when it comes down to it, their own defense is just plain dreadful and will be unable to stop Baylor from doing Baylor things. Baylor triumphs in this year's battle of the BUTT.
Baylor 48, Texas Tech 28 - Just like their Oklahoma State game, I'm not saying it will happen, I'm just saying it could happen. But for logic's sake, the Bears get it done fairly easily in Jerry World. The Pokes gave Baylor a little fight, and the Raiders might too--after all, this is basically their bowl game. An upset would a beautiful start to the Patrick Mahomes "era".
No. 12 Kansas State vs. Kansas
Kansas State 42, Kansas 10 - Sorry Kansas. Just, sorry. You're Kansas State's tune up game to their de-facto conference championship against Baylor next week.
Kansas State 31, Kansas 13 - Kansas maxed out against TCU. Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett both have a superb home finale in their tuneup before their battle in Waco next Saturday.
Texas vs. No. 5 TCU
TCU 38, Texas 17 - This game is going to go well for the Frogs, but the question is, will it go well enough for the committee? TCU finally had a breather, and now they're coming back a little healthier and a little pissed off after their close win over Kansas. They know what has to be done.
TCU 66, Texas 13 - The worst loss that Texas has ever had to TCU in Austin was a 28-0 shutout in 1935 at the hands of TCU's first national championship team. This one is going to be worse, as TCU has finally gotten a week off- and while Texas is coming off of great with that secured them a bowl spot and has had the media patting them on the backs all week, talking about how dangerous they are for TCU this week, TCU has been stewing- hearing about how they'll be passed in the polls and how disappointing their performance against Kansas was. TCU will make Tyrone Swoopes beat them through the air, and the young quarterback is not consistent or developed enough to threaten the Frogs through the air. I think Patterson wants to make a statement in this one, and with consistently good field position provided by the defense, he will.
TCU 35, Texas 20 - Even with Catalon's status still looming, TCU will have Deante' Gray back for the first time since West Virginia--and despite the great Texas defense, another weapon for Boykin may be too much to handle. Offensively for the Horns, Tyrone Swoopes has made significant improvements this season. But his inability to hit his men deep on big plays, which is TCU's Achilles' heel, will keep Texas from winning this game. Their plethora of running backs, not unlike TCU have themselves, will keep them competitive--but we also know what TCU's run defense is capable of. It's a fun one in Austin, and Boykin should punch his ticket to New York. That being said, it won't be as easy against Texas next year in Fort Worth.
TCU 38, Texas 27 - The narrative all week has been "Texas is MUCH improved, TCU struggled against Kansas, the Frogs better watch out!" And while those things are true, I believe that GP's crew finally getting a chance to catch their breath after an absolute blender of a two months will render them refreshed and ready to take care of business in Austin. Texas presents a great challenge for the offense, as they are aggressive and attacking, and have done a good job limiting big play offenses. But the return of Deante' Gray, the return to health of Josh Doctson, and the emergence of Aaron Green as a go to guy - along with the outstanding play of Trevone Boykin who wraps up his ticket to NYC with a big performance - will be too much for the Longhorns to keep up with. While the final score may be close, after the half, the outcome will never be in doubt.
Around the Country
No. 15 Arizona vs. No. 13 Arizona State
Jamie Plunkett - Arizona State 49, Arizona 45
Hawkeyed Frog - Arizona 41, Arizona State 33
Marshall Weber - Arizona 45, Arizona State 41
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Auburn
Jamie Plunkett - Alabama 27, Auburn 20
Hawkeyed Frog - Auburn 38, Alabama 24
Marshall Weber - Alabama 20, Auburn 10
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Mississippi State
Jamie Plunkett - Ole Miss 20, Mississippi State 17
Hawkeyed Frog - Mississippi State 17, Ole Miss 3
Marshall Weber - Ole Miss 28, Mississippi State 20
No. 16 Wisconsin vs. No. 25 Minnesota
Jamie Plunkett - Minnesota 27, Wisconsin 24
Hawkeyed Frog - Minnesota 30, Wisconsin 17
Marshall Weber - Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 28
No. 3 Florida State vs. Florida
Jamie Plunkett - Florida State 35, Florida 27
Hawkeyed Frog - Florida 27, Florida State 17
Marshall Weber - Florida 24, Florida State 20
coachmelissa - Florida 34, Florida State 31