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Last weekend we saw a bit of parody in the Big 12 slate as Texas gave Oklahoma its first loss of the season and Texas Tech rose from its slumber to knock off an Iowa State team that I was confident would win the series.

There was also a snoozer series as Oklahoma State took care of Kansas in Stillwater 9-4, 6-0, and 10-2. The Cowgirls had no problems looking forward to the stretch of their schedule that will define their season.

That stretch starts with a series against Texas this weekend. Fortunately, the Cowgirls get the Longhorns in Stillwater, but after that, trips to Tallahassee and Norman are lurking.

Here is what each team has coming up this weekend as we have just three weekends of the regular season remaining.

 

#1 OKLAHOMA; 39-1 (8-1)

Oklahoma got back to its winning ways against North Texas on Wednesday night, beating North Texas 10-0 (6), a team that was 25-10 coming into the contest. The Sooners now turn their attention to Iowa State, a team that has been up and down all season long and has the unfortunate task of taking on the Sooners in their first conference series since taking a loss. Patty Gasso definitely used the loss to Texas this week in practice, so expect the Sooners to be firing on all cylinders come Friday night.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Iowa StateApr 22 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: Bally Sports OK
Iowa StateApr 23 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: SoonerSports.TV
Iowa StateApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: Bally Sports OK

#7 OKLAHOMA STATE; 35-7 (11-1)

Oklahoma State starts its gauntlet this weekend with a series against Texas, and they can’t afford to look forward to the next two weeks with the way that the Longhorns have been playing lately. Texas will be the toughest out that the Cowgirls have had since the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, a tournament that they went 2-3 in. Kelly Maxwell vs. Hailey Dolcini will be a terrific matchup in the circle as two of the Big 12’s best battle it out for conference hierarchy. The winner of this series will likely be the two-seed come time for the Big 12 Tournament.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#16 TexasApr 22 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV:
#16 TexasApr 23 (Sat)6:30 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN2
#16 TexasApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
 

#16 TEXAS; 32-12-1 (7-2)

Texas hopes to ride the wave of momentum it has from defeating Oklahoma right into Stillwater to take a series win over the Cowgirls for the first time since 2016. It will be tough, especially in Stillwater with a Pokes team that is 18-1 in their last 19 games. Hailey Dolcini needs to be an ace for this team, as Shea O’Leary’s struggles appear to be more than just a slump. If Texas can find a way to get a series win here, they could approach a 40-win regular season.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 22 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV:
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 23 (Sat)6:30 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN2
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+

IOWA STATE; 21-21 (2-7)

Iowa State has a tough weekend trip to Norman coming up after dropping a series to Texas Tech in Ames. The Cyclones are 2-11 since Big 12 play started, and they have looked lethargic in most of those contests. Showing up to Norman sleepwalking is a good way to get embarrassed, so this team needs to find a way to focus and make these games against Oklahoma competitive. If they can somehow find a way to win a game, it could change the trajectory of their season. If they can’t pull off a miracle and beat Oklahoma in the series, the Cyclone will fall below .500 for the first time all season.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#1 OklahomaApr 22 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: Bally Sports OK
#1 OklahomaApr 23 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: SoonerSports.TV
#1 OklahomaApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: Bally Sports OK
 

TEXAS TECH; 21-21 (4-8)

Texas Tech won their second Big 12 series of the year last weekend against Iowa State, but turned around and squandered the opportunity by dropping a game to a bad Abilene Christian team. Now, they will face a Baylor team that is safely over .500 and looking to build a resume worthy of a postseason bid. The Red Raiders are likely out of the postseason tournament barring a historic run through the Big 12 Tournament, but improving their conference record can help them attain a more favorable matchup in that tournament. Expect a competitive series in Waco, as both teams need this badly.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
BaylorApr 22 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
BaylorApr 23 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
BaylorApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+

BAYLOR; 23-18 (2-7)

Baylor is still alive for postseason play, but it will need to be nearly flawless until then to make the field. It’s unlikely that they can pull it off, but we’ve seen crazier things. A series win, especially a sweep, would go a long way in helping their chances, and Texas Tech has been less than stunning over the last month. A gritty series awaits, but I expect the Bears to find a way to win the series.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Texas TechApr 22 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 23 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 24 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+

KANSAS; 14-26 (2-10)

Kansas will face North Texas this weekend as the only team not playing a conference opponent. Kansas is all but guaranteed the seven-seed in the Big 12 Tournament and will likely face Oklahoma, the same team they will host next weekend. Talk about a tough way to end the year.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
North TexasApr 22 (Thu)3:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
North TexasApr 23 (Fri)5:30 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
North TexasApr 24 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTLawrence, KSTV:
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