Big 12 previews Week 8: Texas Tech must be wary of Morgantown

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No. 16 Texas Tech at West Virginia (11 a.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1): The Red Raiders (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) are expected to start a parade of heavy favorites taking on lesser opponents in Big 12 matchups. Texas Tech should be wary, however. The Red Raiders faced adversity at home against Iowa State last week, pulling out a 42-35 victory in Lubbock. Morgantown, W.Va., can be a tough place to play. Just ask Oklahoma State, which was upset there earlier this season. The Mountaineers (3-3, 1-2) are perfect at home and winless on the road.

No. 18 Oklahoma at Kansas (2:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN): It’s been a rough week for the Sooners (5-1, 2-1), who were dominated by rival Texas in the Red River Rivalry game. Oklahoma had been a two-touchdown favorite but couldn’t take advantage against a Longhorns defense that had been porous previously. But the Sooners should bounce back on the road against Kansas (2-3, 0-2). The Jayhawks haven’t won a conference game since beating Colorado, then in the Big 12, 52-45 on Nov. 6, 2010, a string of 23 consecutive losses.

Iowa State at No. 12 Baylor (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU): Like Texas Tech, Baylor hasn’t had to play a tough conference game yet. But the Bears (5-0, 2-0) struggled on the road last week, pulling out a 35-25 win against Kansas State. The Bears had topped 70 points in three straight games but looked mortal against the Wildcats. Baylor gets to face Iowa State (1-4, 0-2) at home, however, and the Bears are still averaging 63.4 points a game, the top scoring offense in the nation. Junior quarterback Bryce Petty should help the Bears get back to dominating wins, which will help Baylor keep climbing in the polls.

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