Big 12 previews for Week 9: Will Texas Tech continue to shock us all?

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No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State (11 a.m. Saturday, FSSW): It’s a long road back for the Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) after losing their Big 12 opener at West Virginia. Wins against Kansas State and TCU have put Oklahoma State in position to move back to the top of the conference and up in the rankings. The Cowboys need to get past this week’s road game against an Iowa State team that has been able to pull off home upsets in the past. Oklahoma State wants to set up a big game against Texas Tech next week. The Cyclones (1-5, 0-3) are looking for their first conference win.

No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma (2:30 p.m. Saturday, KDFW/4): Sure, Texas Tech (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) has surged far past expectations this season, the Red Raiders’ first under coach Kliff Kingsbury. But Tech’s schedule gets much tougher from now on, starting with Oklahoma, once thought on the path to a BCS bowl game. The Sooners (6-1, 3-1) beat Kansas last week after being embarrassed by Texas in the Red River Rivalry game. Being an underdog in the standings and rankings and playing at home might be the perfect mixture for Oklahoma. Or the Red Raiders could continue to shock us all.

West Virginia at Kansas State (2:45 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1): West Virginia (3-4, 1-3) and Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) enter the game with six combined conference losses and a single Big 12 win between the two. Those records won’t be accepted from the fan bases of either program. The Mountaineers entered last season as one of the Big 12 favorites before falling out of the race. Kansas State won a share of the conference title last season.

No. 8 Baylor at Kansas (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU): Baylor’s offensive show should continue this week. The Bears (6-0, 3-0) had a hiccup on the road against Kansas State two weeks ago, pulling out a 35-25 win. Last weekend, Baylor was back to pouring on the points in a 71-7 win against Iowa State, the Bears’ fourth 70-plus outing of the season. As fun as Baylor’s first-half scoring clinic has been, the last five games of the season will reveal the Bears as BCS contender or overrated. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are waiting. First, we get to see how many the Bears can put up against Kansas (2-4, 0-3), a team that hasn’t won a conference game in nearly three years.

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