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HCS Roundtable Week 6: Big 12 Game of the Week

NCAA Football: Kansas at Texas Christian

Some games are just better than others. It’s a simple rule in the life of a college football fan and one that doesn’t take long to figure out. Most nonconference games anymore are ho-hum, with FBS opponents taking on FCS opponents and beating their brains in by 42 points every other week.

Once conference play starts, things seem to get a little better, other than when your team plays the cellar dweller of the conference (you know who you are).

However, on every magical Saturday, there are a handful of games that are truly spectacles in their own right; games that you absolutely cannot miss out on, so you set your DVR (or your VCR I suppose) so that you can catch all the action if you must choose one over the other.

Those are the games we wake up for on Saturday.

Here are this week’s Heartland College Sports’ Staff Big 12 Games of the Week.

 

Pete Mundo

Texas (-7) vs. Oklahoma

I know it’s the only unranked game of the week, but I am so intrigued by this game because whoever loses this one is going to have a helluva next week. If Oklahoma loses, they fall to 0-3 in Big 12 play and Norman is going to be going nuts. If Texas loses, they will fall to 1-2 in Big 12 play and 3-3 overall, as Steve Sarkisian will find his seat getting hotter in a Year 2 when he was supposed to see a big jump in wins. And if Texas can’t be THIS Oklahoma team, then when? This storyline is so interesting because of what happens with the LOSER.

Bryan Clinton

No. 17 TCU (-7) at No. 19 Kansas

This was the easiest choice of the season for me as both TCU and Kansas have overachieved to this point in the season and have looked like true Big 12 contenders for the first time in a long while, particularly Kansas. The Jayhawks will host TCU, and College Gameday, this weekend and will look to become the first team in the Big 12 to reach bowl eligibility with a win. On the other side of things, TCU is coming off a huge win over Oklahoma and will look to take down Kansas to give them a share of the top spot in the Big 12 rankings. The atmosphere inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium will be as raucous as it has been all season and I expect this 11:00 a.m. game to not only be the best contest of the afternoon but for the entire day.

 

Derek Duke

No. 17 TCU (-7) at No. 19 Kansas

Normally I would say that the Red River Rivalry would be my pick for the first Saturday in October. It is one of the best rivalries in all of college football, but this year is a little different. Neither team is ranked and both teams are on the outside looking in when it comes to the Big 12 title race.

However, I am going to follow in the footsteps of College GameDay. Never in a million years would I have thought I would ever say that a Kansas game is my game of the week. Give me the 5-0 Jayhawks taking on the 4-0 Horned Frogs in a top-25 showdown. If Kansas wins, they will become bowl eligible for the first time since 2009 and if TCU wins then they will be one of the favorites to get to a Big 12 title game. This is a must-watch not just in the Big 12 but nationally.

Matthew Postins

Texas Tech at No. 7 Oklahoma State (-9.5)

I think everyone KNOWS where the gravitational pull of the conference’s attention will be this week (Lawrence, Kansas). But the ‘Dust Bowl’ is important for a couple of reasons. Oklahoma State, at this point, is the best team in the conference, in my opinion. It’s not just that they’ve won every game so far. It’s the quality of the Cowboys’ play that is leading me to that conclusion. Now, it’s a long road in the Big 12 and the Cowboys have eight more games. This is the most competitive the league has been since I’ve been working for Heartland, so the Cowboys have to rack up the wins where they can get them. For Texas Tech, I think the Red Raiders have been competitive in every game they’ve played. But, they’ve lost both road games. Plus, their two wins against Top 25 teams at home have come in overtime. Coach Joey McGuire is trying to build a program that can win games like this on the road. The Red Raiders haven’t proven it yet. But they’re getting closer, and that makes them dangerous for a team like OSU. I believe OSU will win, but I believe it will be a much closer game than some suspect.

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