Big 12 week 9 predictions: Kansas State and Oklahoma State battle in Manhattan

The undefeated TCU Horned Frogs hold sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Kansas State and Oklahoma State right behind them with one loss each.

After back-to-back wins against both the Cowboys and Wildcats, the Frogs travel to Morgantown to face the Mountaineers. Meanwhile, a battle for second place will take place in Manhatten.

Le’s take a look at what we have on tap this week in the Big 12.

The lines, courtesy of BetMGM

No. 7 TCU at West Virginia

Oct. 1, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The undefeated Horned Frogs are heading to Morgantown.

We are officially in “coach getting fired” territory in West Virginia. A bad loss to the Frogs could very well lead to Neal Brown getting the pink slip on Sunday.

The Mountaineers have won four straight against TCU. I expect that streak to end. I’m taking the Frogs to move to 8-0.

Prediction: TCU -7.5

No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 22 Kansas State

Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) scrambles past Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Vernon Broughton (45) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Texas Longhorns at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022. Oklahoma State won 41-34. Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

This is the game of the week in the Big 12. If Kansas State loses here, it loses control of its Big 12 title path.

From top to bottom, the Wildcats are a better football team than the Cowboys. However, with Adrian Martinez a game-time decision, it’s hard to pick K-State.

The Cowboys and Wildcats have a hard time stopping the run, but Deuce Vaughn is, by far, the biggest rushing threat in this game.

Kansas State is a slight favorite here, but with the question mark at QB, I can’t pick them.

Prediction: Oklahoma State +1.5

Baylor at Texas Tech

Oct. 1, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith (7) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Maguire faces his former team for the first time as the head coach of the Red Raiders in Lubbock. This should be fun.

Texas Tech is rocking one of the nation’s top-five passing offenses and is coming off a 48-10 beating of West Virginia. Baylor is coming off a win, but these two programs still seem to be heading in different directions, despite their identical records.

I’m taking the Red Raiders.

Prediction: Red Raiders -2.5

Oklahoma at Iowa State

Oct. 15, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners tight end Brayden Willis (9) celebrates with Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims (17) after scoring a touchdown during the second half at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I maintain this is not as tough of a matchup for the Sooners as some people are saying. Check out this week’s Sooners Wire staff predictions.

Here are some players on offense to watch for the Sooners.

Conclusion

The game in Manhattan is a must-win for both teams in order to stay in the driver’s seat. TCU has a nice lead over both teams in second place, but it  could be a playoff team. Every game matters.

As for the Sooners, they need to just keep plugging away. Take care of the Cyclones and see what the standings look like on Sunday.

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