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Big 12 Football: Four Storylines Heading into Week 8

Oct 6, 2018; Stillwater, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell and Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy (right) meet before a game at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

As the weeks fly by in college football, we learn more about each team. Each week is more important than the next as we continue our way through the season. A new Saturday means new storylines and here are my top storylines for every week eight matchup in the Big 12.

#3 Oklahoma at Kansas

Will We See Spencer Rattler?

No storyline in the Big 12 conference is greater than Spencer Rattler fiasco. He was benched in favor of true freshman Caleb Williams who shined in his first career start against TCU last weekend. For now, Spencer Rattler remains the backup and against a team like Kansas (1-5), could we see Spencer Rattler play for the first time in two weeks? You have to wonder when Lincoln Riley calls off the dogs in this one but at the same time with Caleb being a young quarterback, reps are important.

 

Kansas State at Texas Tech

Who is Going Bowling?

While this game may not be the flashiest game on paper, there is plenty on the line here. Texas Tech has a 5-2 record while Kansas State sits at 3-3. This could be one of those swing games to determine who will be going to a bowl game when the season is over and who will be staying home. The Red Raiders have a heavy backloaded schedule after Kansas State that includes games against Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor. If they don’t win this game on Saturday, they could end up with a 5-7 record ending their season with five straight loses which of course could cost Matt Wells his job.

Meanwhile for Kansas State, they have games against TCU, Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor, and Texas left after their trip to Lubbock. While Kansas looks to be like a sure win, I am not so sure if the Wildcats would be favored in any other game left on their schedule.

 

#8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State

High Stakes in Ames

Oklahoma State is still undefeated at 6-0 and are currently ranked in the top ten. Not only do they have a legitimate chance at making the Big 12 title game, but they are also in the playoff hunt as well.

Iowa State’s chances of a playoff sailed weeks ago when they lost against Baylor on the road. But they still have a chance at making the Big 12 title game even with one conference loss.

If Oklahoma State wins, Iowa State can kiss their Big 12 dreams goodbye. However, if the Cyclones are able to pull it off on Saturday, they will launch themselves right back in the Big 12 title discussion. This is a huge game for both teams and could end up being the tie breaker down the road when these two programs are fighting for that second title spot. Iowa State is 15-2 in the month of October since 2017. The two losses are against none other than Oklahoma State. I can’t wait for this game much longer.

 

West Virginia at TCU

Can TCU Bounce Back?

After the loss to Oklahoma, there has been plenty of chatter about Gary Patterson at TCU. The Horned Frogs have now had four down years in a row and surprisingly it is the defense that is dragging the team down this season. TCU is ranked ninth in the Big 12 in points allowed per game (32.0) and ninth in rush defense giving up 210 yards on the ground per game. That’s not the Gary Patterson defense we are all accustomed to. If there was anytime this year where TCU needed a big win, it is right now against West Virginia. The Horned Frogs are 3-3 heading into this weekend and win here would boost their chances of getting that sixth win to become bowl eligible. If they don’t win and drop to 3-4, I have a tough time seeing this team win three out of their next five games to get to a bowl.

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