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Frogs O' War Staff Picks: Week 10

Felts watched his Royals win the World Series, and now he's alone atop the staff standings.

Three staffers went 9-1 last week, tripped up by the Texas-Iowa State matchup that made us all feel foolish. Now, there's a lone staffer sitting atop the standings.



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Big 12

Kansas State (3-4) vs. No. 6 Baylor (7-0) (Thursday)

Jamie Plunkett: Baylor 42, Kansas State 17 - Jarrett Stidham makes a few mistakes, but Baylor overpowers the Wildcats in the end.

Marshall Weber: Baylor 48, Kansas State 27 -Stidham has as an admirable debut as a starter and the Bears muscle past the Wildcats. I can see Kansas State keeping it close until the 3rd and then Baylor does their usual 4th quarter pile on. Art Briles is still a vampire.

Melissa Triebwasser: Baylor 37, Kansas State 24 - The Jarrett Stidham era is beginning earlier than anticipated, and while most don't foresee much of a drop off, it's still a true freshman (way) behind center in the meat of the Big XII schedule. I think the kid is legit, but he will have a hard road to proving it - the extra prep days before his first game do help though. K State looks all but done, sadly, but Snyder may have a few tricks up his sleeve on a Thursday night for the youngster. I have BU pulling away late, but will hedge my bets by saying nothing will surprise me.

Hawkeyed Frog: Baylor 38, Kansas State 24 - The first game of the Stidham era isn't quite a dud, nor is it a rousing success.  It is a win, though.

Andrew Felts: Baylor 31, Kansas State 16 - In 2012, an unranked Baylor team beat a 2nd-ranked and 10-0 Kansas State team in Waco to end the Wildcats' BCS dreams. How poetic would it be if K-State could return the favor tonight against a Seth Russell-less Bears squad? The only problem is that backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham is supposedly just as talented as Russell, and he will have the same offensive line and wide receiver threats that Russell had. While the Bears may stumble a bit at first, they will likely still put up big numbers on offense. K-State's revenge will have to wait at least another year.

Warrior Horned Frog: Baylor 55, Kansas State 42 – We all get a look at Baylor’s next man up at QB, but The Wizard has the best view, and he doesn’t like it.

Rusty Frog: Baylor 51, Kansas State 34 – This will be Jarrett Stidham’s first game and he’ll be on the road.  The Wildcats will play a tough game, just to ruffle the Bears’ fur.  But the Bears will succeed.  Stidham won’t have a stellar game, but it will be enough to get the win.

Scott Boase: Baylor 52, Kansas State 35 - Bill Snyder will have his guys playing hard through 2, maybe 3 quarters, but Baylor's high-flying offense will eventually run over Kansas State in this one. Without an effective passing game, I just can't see the upset happening.

Samantha Calimbahin: Baylor 56, Kansas State 30 - It stinks to see K-State go 3-5, but what can we do? Behemoth Baylor will likely toss a blowout again, even with new quarterback Jarrett Stidham. I highly doubt Baylor will struggle at all in the quarterback position. And with the Wildcats going downhill, the Bears will only capitalize.

Mason Jamboogie: Baylor 41, Kansas State 30 - It's no simple task winning your first game as a freshman starter, just look at Trevone's very first game as a starting quarterback. Add the fact that Stidham's first start is in a hostile environment with a 60% chance of rain, in a stadium named after Snydalf the White, during a nationally televised game on Thursday, and you got yourself a pretty interesting situation. Stidham is not a player that should be dismissed just because of his lack of experience, the dude was a top rated recruit for a reason. I don't think that he'll play flawless but he'll get the job done. The system that he is in is super user friendly and he's still throwing to the second best receiver in the Big 12. The Wildcats run the ball as best they can, similar to what they did against TCU, but Baylor leaves Manhattan in one piece.

Simone Elices: Baylor 45, Kansas State 31 – I don’t see Baylor and Jarrett Stidham coming into this game and immediately picking up where they left off with Seth Russell. Granted, they did have two weeks to prepare, but it’s time to see just how good the true freshman is.

HToadSwayze: Baylor 45, Kansas State 31 - It's going to be very interesting to see Stidham'sfirst game at QB in a road venue where Trevone Boykin had to pull off a miracle to escape with a win.  I think it's going to be a fight and Baylor will have trouble with Kansas State for a while, but they're a better team and they will win in the end.

West Virginia (3-4) vs. Texas Tech (5-4)

Jamie Plunkett: Texas Tech 42, West Virginia 35 - This is where we start to see the mid-tier teams of the Big 12 sort things out. Tech asserts itself as No. 5 in the conference, ahead of the Mountaineers.

Marshall Weber: West Virginia 37, Texas Tech 24 - West Virginia is much better team than people give them credit for. They've just had to play some really tough teams over the last month. They overwhelm Tech in Morgantown. #TeamDana

Melissa Triebwasser: West Virginia 52, Texas Tech 50 - In the battle of the Big XII's most disappointing teams (you can only disappoint if people thought you had a shot to be good - sorry Texas), I think we see the Eers get their first conference W. Texas Tech resides over a land where everyone gets 50 points; sadly, that won't be enough for the Red Raiders on Saturday.

Hawkeyed Frog: West Virginia 55, Texas Tech 51 -  Both of these teams have been beaten soundly by the Big 12's big 4, so I'm giving it to the home team.

Andrew Felts: West Virginia 45, Texas Tech 35 - West Virginia is 3-4 on the year, but the combined record of the four teams that beat them is a staggering 30-1. The Mountaineers have proven that they can put up points this season, they're just going to have to execute against a Texas Tech team that allowed 70 points at home to Oklahoma State last week. A lot would have to go right on both the offensive and defensive end for the Red Raiders to escape Morgantown with a victory.

Warrior Horned Frog: West Virginia 49, Texas Tech 42 – Mountaineers with rifles, Red Raiders with pistols – yep, it’ll be a shootout all right.

Rusty Frog: Texas Tech 47, West Virginia 37 – West Virginia has home field advantage, but Tech should be rallying from another almost-pulled-it-off victory against Oklahoma State last weekend.  Unless West Virginia’s receivers can get the ball to stick to their hands, this one will go to Tech.

Scott Boase: Texas Tech 45, West Virginia 38 – Texas Tech just has too much firepower and will overwhelm West Virginia's depleted defense. As has been the case with nearly every Tech game this year, so long as they don't commit multiple turnovers, they'll win this game easily.

Samantha Calimbahin: Texas Tech 50, West Virginia 41 - Tech played a good game against Oklahoma State last week...kind of...well, earlier in the game. But anyway, I see them playing a better game against West Virginia. Shouldn't be hard win on the Red Raiders' part.

Mason Jamboogie: West Virginia 45, Texas Tech 34 - Dear West Virginia, I am truly sorry that you had to be the sacrificial lamb of the Big 12, by playing Oklahoma, OSU, Baylor, and TCU all in a row. While those four teams have a loaded November you had to deal with a loaded October, and we still love you no matter what. Now you get to have Texas Tech at home, a team with an underachieving defense, and I believe that you can pull off the win! Tech's offense won't be as potent as usual up in Morgantown, but it will be an early shootout until Tech loses the turnover battle.

Simone Elices:Texas Tech 56, West Virginia 21 – Texas Tech scores a lot of points every game, whereas West Virginia has gotten into the business of giving up a lot of points every game. Should be interesting.

HToadSwayze: West Virginia 48, Texas Tech 45 - I really want to pick Tech in this one, but their total lack of defense let me down last week after they went up 17-0.  West Virginia it is.

No. 15 Oklahoma (7-1) vs. Iowa State (3-5)

Jamie Plunkett: Oklahoma 45, Iowa State 20 - Iowa State has a transitive win over Oklahoma right now, but that won't matter after Saturday. The Sooners have been ruining teams since their loss to Texas, and that will continue against the Cyclones.

Marshall Weber: Oklahoma 50, Iowa State 35 - Iowa State continues to show they're a competent team. They're not middle-of-the-road type quality like West Virginia or Kansas State, but this could be a much more competitive team next season. Mike Warren is trying to make this happen.

Melissa Triebwasser: Oklahoma 44, Iowa State 17 - You had your moment, Cyclones, and it was beautiful. I hope you enjoyed it, because this one is going to hurt.

Hawkeyed Frog: Oklahoma 48, Iowa State 24 - By the transitive property, ISU is better than Texas, so should be better than Oklahoma.  This is why the transitive property doesn't work.

Andrew Felts: Oklahoma 55, Iowa State 23 - Even though Iowa State thoroughly dismantled a Texas team that did the same to Oklahoma, the Sooners are rolling right now. Bob Stoops' bunch is averaging 60 points per game in their three contests since falling to Texas. They'll keep that average (and their Big 12 title hopes) intact with a blowout win over Iowa State. The transitive property is dead.

Warrior Horned Frog: Oklahoma 63, Iowa State 35 – I may be giving the Cyclones too much credit here, but I hope it stays semi-interesting.

Rusty Frog: Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 31 – Oklahoma will lead the entire game, but Iowa State will keep putting up numbers.  The clock will run out before the Cyclones can pull ahead and Oklahoma will continue to pretend that their Showdown loss didn’t really happen.

Scott Boase: Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 28 - I don't see this game being very close if the right OU team shows up. It's at home, and they've been playing really good football since their loss in the Cotton Bowl, so chances are high this one's a snoozer.

Samantha Calimbahin: Oklahoma 54, Iowa State 14 - Seriously, big kudos to Iowa State for shutting out Texas last week. But things will likely return as they were once the Sooners and Cyclones meet on the field. Can we just talk about the fact that since Oklahoma lost to Texas, the Sooners have scored 55 points or more in each of its last three games, and more than 60 points in its last two games? Another big win is in order.

Mason Jamboogie: Oklahoma 49, Iowa State 13 - The Cyclones beat the team that beat Oklahoma...therefore they must be a better team than Oklahoma! Absolutely not. I'm happy for the Cyclones since everyone loves to watch Texas crumble, but the Sooners will continue their killing spree against other teams. I don't think that Bob Stoops will be caught sleeping on Iowa State, with Baylor next week and all, but the Cyclones may be able to stay competitive early on.

Simone Elices: Oklahoma 42, Iowa State 17 – Can Iowa State beat both Texas and Oklahoma in the same season? Probably not.

HToadSwayze: Oklahoma 63, Iowa State 21 - Iowa State is heading to Norman and it's going to be very ugly.  I'm hoping that they beat up on the Cyclones so bad that they feel like they can beat anyone at home when TCU comes to town on Nov. 21st.

Texas (3-5) vs. Kansas (0-8)

Jamie Plunkett: Texas 35, Kansas 17 - This is the best Texas can do. They're on the verge of completely quitting on Strong.

Marshall Weber: Texas 38, Kansas 14 - I really should've picked Iowa State last week. I admitted I almost did, and given how Texas plays the Cyclones, whether on the road or at home, and with their players talking game like they're Miami of the early oughts, your gut and brain were telling you that it wasn't going to be the Longhorns' day. A shutout however, is another story. Texas won't lose to Kansas, but this could actually be their last win of the season. Going to Morgantown isn't easy. Texas Tech is slightly better this year and haven't beat the Longhorns since 2008--when I was a freshman in college--so they'll be treating that like it's the end of days on Thanksgiving. And then Texas closes with Baylor the first weekend in December. Best of luck to them with that one. If Kansas should beat Texas, Charlie may be writing for Frogs O'War come Monday.

Melissa Triebwasser: Texas 20, Kansas 17 - If Texas Tech/WVU was the battle of the disappointments, this is the battle of teams trying to not finish last. Texas doesn't lose to Iowa State and Kansas in back to back weeks, do they? No way, right?

Hawkeyed Frog: Texas 27, Kansas 10 - Yes, Texas' offense is simple and poor in the passing game.  It doesn't help knowing that your opponent is going to throw rock when you only have two fingers, though- and that's Kansas.

Andrew Felts: Texas 27, Kansas 13 - *daydreams about a world where this Kansas team goes to Austin and kicks the Longhorns while they're down*

Warrior Horned Frog: Texas 35, Kansas 3 – Poor Kansas.

Rusty Frog: Texas 28, Kansas 7 – I really want Kansas to pull off the upset, because Texas’ wibbly wobbly season is giving me a headache.  But given that this is happening in Austin, I’ll give it to the Longhorns.  Poor Jayhawks.

Scott Boase: Texas 24, Kansas 6 - Sorry Kansas, don't think it's happening this year.

Samantha Calimbahin: Texas 24, Kansas 10 - Not a big scoring game here, but Texas wins.

Mason Jamboogie: Texas 38, Kansas 9 - The Longhorns are consistently inconsistent, but they get Kansas at home this weekend. I think I've figured out a formula to predict this week's score against Kansas: Score = 100 - ((The Texas suck factor) X (1 + The Kansas sucks a whole lot more factor)) / The number of tweets about firing Charlie Strong we see at half time.

Simone Elices: Texas 21, Kansas 17 – I really want this to be the week that Kansas wins a game, but I just don’t see it happening.

HToadSwayze: Texas 24, Kansas 0 - Same score different week!  Except this time, instead of getting shut out by a bad team, the Longhorns actually play like the team they should be and destroy lowly Kansas.  Texas is the most confusing team in the nation.  One week everybody knows they are terrible and they beat OU.  Another week, we all start to think they might be good maybe and they lose to Iowa State.

No. 8 TCU (8-0) @ No. 14 Oklahoma State (8-0)

Jamie Plunkett: TCU 63, Oklahoma State 52 - TCU's defense has allowed almost 34 points per game on the road this season, and Oklahoma State's offense is good. This will be another 400+ yard, 4+ TD night from Boykin, and they'll need every bit of it.

Marshall Weber: TCU 41, Oklahoma State 37-Oklahoma State is a really good football team. They have one of the best defensive lines in college football. They also have one of the worst offensive lines in the Big 12. Will Boykin's biggest challenge and a big opportunity for an increasingly savage defensive line intersect for a victory? Sure, why not. But it's still going to be tough.

Melissa Triebwasser: TCU 45, Oklahoma State 40 - I truly believe that Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson are better than JW Walsh and Mason Rudolph. That Cowboy D Line tho... vomit. This is unquestionably the best team the Frogs have faced so far this year, and yet, few seem to know what to make of the Cowboys despite their perfect record - something that they are probably saying about the Frogs from their side. TCU's defense is coming along, and the offensive line is good enough to at least slow down the powerful front of OSU. But on the road, where TCU has started slow, this game is certainly scary.

Hawkeyed Frog: TCU 51, Oklahoma State 42 - This season has taught me two things so far- TCU will find a way to win on the road, and Oklahoma State will find a way to make it closer than it has any right to be.

Andrew Felts: TCU 37, Oklahoma State 34 - I'm not 100% convinced that the Cowboys are for real this season. While their 8-0 record is certainly nothing to scoff at, some of their wins are a bit sketchy (not unlike TCU). I have a feeling that Trevone Boykin will have to will his team to victory like he did in Manhattan and Lubbock earlier this season. The TCU defense will also have to step up big on Saturday night. A week after holding West Virginia to 10 points, they'll have their hands full with a Cowboy offense that dropped 70 points last week on the road at Texas Tech. This game could very well come down to which team has the ball last.

Warrior Horned Frog: TCU 48, Oklahoma St 42 – I’ll be watching this one at the Hickory Tavern in Asheville NC. If you’re in that area, come join me!

Rusty Frog: TCU 60, Oklahoma State 57 – Two undefeated teams will start and only one will finish.  The Frogs and Cowboys are evenly matched, and it will go back and forth until the Frogs finally pull ahead for the finish.

Scott Boase: TCU 56, Oklahoma State 48 - It seems like I feel a lot more comfortable about this game than most TCU fans do. I think it will be a close game, but I don't think OSU's defense is that great, and I think their offense does poorly (relatively speaking) against any halfway competent defense. Not meant to be an indictment of OSU's team- hell, they're 8-0, I just think that TCU is stronger overall than they are.

Samantha Calimbahin: TCU 55, Oklahoma State 54 - These two teams have been hyped all season. Both are talented; both are undefeated. But one of them will lose on Saturday. Man. I can't even imagine. I don't mean to put it this way, but the thing about Oklahoma State is this: They have a defense. TCU's defense is, well, it's getting there. The Frogs were great against West Virginia at home. On the road? Who even knows what's going to happen? The mantra is "win by one," but I believe the Frogs can win by two at least.

Mason Jamboogie: TCU 44, Oklahoma State 34 - This is probably one of the bolder picks I've made all season, since it involves TCU winning by more than 3 on the road against an undefeated team. However, I think that the defense has shown real progress and assuming everyone that got banged up last week is back., I like our chances. I'm concerned with how well we're going to be in the red-zone against the Poke's defensive line, but we will find a way to win. If the Frogs are down in the fourth, there is no other player in the country that I would rather have under center than Trevone Boykin. The Doctor and Listenbee both have good games, Kyle Hicks will get another touchdown, and Jarrison Stewart quietly puts on a solid performance. This game is a one score game up until Oberkrom knocks one through the uprights at the start of the 4th.

Simone Elices: TCU 55, Oklahoma State 41 – Time for TCU and Oklahoma State to get into the meat of their schedule, with each team playing Baylor and Oklahoma in the coming weeks as well. Whoever (if anyone) makes it out of this gauntlet unscathed will certainly be in a prime position for the playoffs, despite what people may currently think after the first CFP rankings.

HToadSwayze: TCU 55, Oklahoma State 45 - This is where the real season starts.  TCU is being dissed majorly by the CFP committee and we all know what happens to the next team we face after that happens.  We just don't have the defense this year to pull a Landshark on them, but we will win this game.

Around the Country

No. 1 Clemson (8-0) vs. No. 16 Florida State (7-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Clemson 45, Florida State 24

Marshall Weber: Clemson 38, Florida State 35

Melissa Triebwasser: Clemson 31, Florida State 27

Hawkeyed Frog: Florida State 37, Clemson 20

Andrew Felts: Clemson 31, Florida State 21

Warrior Horned Frog: Clemson 49, Florida St 35

Rusty Frog: Clemson 42, Florida State 28

Scott Boase: Clemson 38, Florida State 30

Samantha Calimbahin: Clemson 42, Florida State 35

Mason Jamboogie: Clemson 40, Florida State 27

Simone Elices: Clemson 38, Florida State 35

HToadSwayze: Clemson 31, Florida State 21

Pittsburgh (6-2) vs. No. 5 Notre Dame (7-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Notre Dame 24, Pittsburgh 17

Marshall Weber: Notre Dame 28, Pittsburgh 24

Melissa Triebwasser: Notre Dame 42, Pittsburgh 24

Hawkeyed Frog: Notre Dame 21, Pitt 10

Andrew Felts: Notre Dame 28, Pittsburgh 21

Warrior Horned Frog: Notre Dame 36, Pittsburg 28

Rusty Frog: Notre Dame 35, Pittsburgh 28

Scott Boase: Notre Dame 34, Pitssburgh 17

Samantha Calimbahin: Notre Dame 38, Pittsburgh 28

Mason Jamboogie: Notre Dame 31, Pitt 20

Simone Elices: Notre Dame 45, Pittsburg 28

HToadSwayze: Notre Dame 21, Pittsburgh 17

No. 13 Memphis (8-0) vs. Navy (6-1)

Jamie Plunkett: Memphis 42, Navy 31

Marshall Weber: Memphis 50, Navy 31

Melissa Triebwasser: Memphis 37, Navy 24

Hawkeyed Frog: Memphis 48, Navy 28

Andrew Felts: Memphis 38, Navy 27

Warrior Horned Frog: Memphis 54, Navy 42

Rusty Frog: Memphis 49, Navy 34

Scott Boase: Memphis 27, Navy 24

Samantha Calimbahin: Memphis 34, Navy 27

Mason Jamboogie: Memphis 38, Navy 21 - VIVA LA FUENTE

Simone Elices: Memphis 42, Navy 21

HToadSwayze: Memphis 38, Navy 20

No. 4 Alabama (7-1) vs. No. 2 LSU (7-0)

Jamie Plunkett: LSU 21, Alabama 14

Marshall Weber: Alabama 7, LSU 6

Melissa Triebwasser: LSU 27, Alabama 20

Hawkeyed Frog: Alabama 12, LSU 7- Greatest game ever part 2.

Andrew Felts: Alabama 31, LSU 27 #GameOfTheCentury

Warrior Horned Frog: LSU 48, Alabama 42

Rusty Frog: LSU 45, Alabama 38

Scott Boase: Alabama 17, LSU 13

Samantha Calimbahin: LSU 45, Alabama 10

Mason Jamboogie: Alabama 20, LSU 19

Simone Elices: LSU 35, Alabama 31

HToadSwayze: LSU 28, Alabama 27