By: Jason Fleck
This week Big 12 teams will be participating in two colossal games, not just one, that will have huge implications on both the National and Big 12 pictures. The first matchup will place No. 4 Kansas State against No. 17 Texas Tech. Kansas State keeps it going each and every week. After the past weekends win against West Virginia, they look absolutely unstoppable. They ran over a West Virginia team that had one of the best offenses in the nation and a QB who was looking like a lock for the Heisman and they went in and took the win with little or no resistance from the Mountaineers. They caused Geno Smith to throw for his first two interceptions of the season and their quarterback Collin Klein took over the top spot as Heisman favorite. Klein has done it all by being an underrated QB, before this season he was known more for his rushing than passing, but has come to his own and turned into a complete quarterback that is doing anything and everything to carry his team to the promise land. Before this week everyone was talking about Geno Smith, but Klein went into that matchup and threw for a career high 323 yards while accounting for seven of Kansas State touchdowns, four rushing and three passing. If he and the Wildcats keep playing the way they have been they will remain unbeatable.
The primetime game will feature the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners against the No. 5 Notre Dame Irishman. Oklahoma has been running over everybody since their loss and have been looking like the Sooner team that was predicted to take the Big 12 title this year. They will take on the challenge of upsetting a surprising Irish team that has come out of nowhere to becoming one of the best teams in the nation. Notre Dame will feature the nation’s second ranked defense allowing only nine points per contest while Oklahoma has put themselves into the top 5 offensively while also playing extremely tough defense. Oklahoma actually goes in as the favorite playing at home and playing as well as they have been recently. This looks to be a defensive battle where every score will mean so much. If Oklahoma can pull out the win they will shake up the BCS standings and put themselves in a great position to play in a BCS bowl. This game has so much on the line and neither team can afford a loss.