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Big 12 Football: What’s at Stake for Each Team with Three Games Left

As we head into Week 11 of the 2022 college football season, there isn’t much left of an anything-but-regular regular season.

With 75% of the schedule behind us and just three games left in conference play, this is a good time to take a look at where each team stands and what is at stake across the league.

Here is what each Big 12 team’s remaining schedule looks like and what they are playing for as the season starts to come to a close.

 

TCU Horned Frogs (9-0, 6-0 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: at Texas, at Baylor, Iowa State

What’s at Stake: Big 12 Championship, College Football Playoff Berth

The TCU Horned Frogs have been the one consistent team in the Big 12 this season, and it has led them right to the top with an undefeated record. Now, all that stands in their way of a Big 12 Championship is a win over either Texas or Baylor. Both of those games are on the road, but TCU’s remaining schedule isn’t too difficult, that is if they are a true CFP contender. Their remaining opponents’ combined record is 16-11, and they will need to remain unscathed if they hope to make it to the Playoff.

Texas Longhorns (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: TCU, at Kansas, Baylor

What’s at Stake: Big 12 Championship, Potential New Years’ Six Bowl

The Texas Longhorns have one of the nation’s top rosters, and perhaps the most dynamic playmaking duo in the country with Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy. This week they take on TCU and a win would get them a long way to a Big 12 title berth. However, a loss doesn’t leave them out because the Longhorns will host Baylor in Week 13, which might be a de facto play-in game for the Big 12 Championship Game. If TCU makes the Playoff, and Texas is the runner-up, UT will get a Sugar Bowl bid. If Texas wins the Big 12, it will get a Sugar Bowl bid.

 

Baylor Bears (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: Kansas State, TCU, at Texas

What’s at Stake: Big 12 Championship, Potential New Years’ Six Bowl

As of late, the Baylor Bears have been playing really good football, and that should concern the teams that are left on its schedule. While its schedule is incredibly tough, Baylor is capable of winning every game that remains ahead of it. This week’s game against K-State will go a long way in deciding the Big 12 race, and a win, coupled with TCU beating Texas, would give Baylor sole possession of second place.

Kansas State Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: at Baylor, at West Virginia, Kansas

What’s at Stake: Big 12 Championship, Potential New Years’ Six Bowl

Despite last week’s loss to Texas, K-State can still play themselves into the Big 12 Championship, as long as the Longhorns drop a game somewhere along the way. Winning out and getting to the Big 12 Championship would likely mean the Wildcats are ensured to at least get an Alamo Bowl bid, if not the Sugar Bowl. It all starts this week against Baylor in a must-win game.

 

Kansas Jayhawks (6-3, 3-3 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: at Texas Tech, Texas, at Kansas State

What’s at Stake: Longshot at Big 12 Championship, Alamo Bowl

The Kansas Jayhawks needs some carnage to happen ahead of them if they hope to find themselves in Arlington, but beating Texas and K-State to end the year would help a ton. Either way, KU is in a good spot to land one of the top bowls with Big 12 affiliations, especially if they can beat Texas Tech this Saturday.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-3, 3-3 Big 12)

Remaining Schedule: Iowa State, at Oklahoma, West Virginia

What’s at Stake: Outside Chance at Big 12 Championship, Higher-Tier Bowl

While Oklahoma State hasn’t been mathematically eliminated from the Big 12 Championship yet, after what we’ve seen the last two weeks it’s probably safe to count them out. At 6-3, the Cowboys have a chance to close out the year 9-3 and find themselves headed to the Cheeze-It Bowl or the Alamo Bowl if they play their cards right.

Oklahoma Sooners (5-4, 2-4)

Remaining Schedule: at West Virginia, Oklahoma State, at Texas Tech

What’s at Stake: Bowl Game Berth

Not too long ago, the Sooners were at the top of the Big 12 and constantly in the national spotlight. Now, nine weeks into the season, the Sooners are still fighting for bowl eligibility. One win will get them there, but winning out and getting to 8-4 would mend a lot of problems for OU. More important than the bowl trip, or the pride, would be the extra practices that the Sooners would get ahead of a bowl game. An inexperienced roster like the Sooners’ could use all the practice it can get before 2023.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-5, 2-4)

Remaining Schedule: Kansas, at Iowa State, Oklahoma

What’s at Stake: Bowl Game Berth

To get to a bowl game, Texas Tech must win two of its last three games. The Red Raiders are a four-point favorite against Kansas this week at home and if they can win that game, could set up a battle against Iowa State for a bowl game berth. If not, Tech could take advantage of a struggling Oklahoma in the final week of the year to get to six wins, but it will win at least one game before then.

Iowa State Cyclones (4-5, 1-5)

Remaining Schedule: at Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, at TCU

What’s at Stake: Bowl Game Berth

Can Matt Campbell lead Iowa State to its sixth-straight bowl game appearance? If so, he will need to win two of the last three games. Jumping on a beaten-up Oklahoma State team in Stillwater would be huge for the Cyclones and if they can win that game, it will give them a shot to get bowl eligible against Texas Tech at home next week. If not, a trip to TCU is their final chance, and that doesn’t bode well for ISU.

West Virginia (3-6, 1-5)

Remaining Schedule: Oklahoma, Kansas State, at Oklahoma State

What’s at Stake: Bowl Game Berth

The Big 12 hasn’t had a single team knocked out of bowl contention yet, but one more loss will be the end of West Virginia’s chances at the postseason. At 3-6, the Mountaineers will have to win out to get to a bowl, and a three-game stretch against Oklahoma, K-State, and Oklahoma State is daunting for a team that has lost four of their last five.

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