STILLWATER, Okla – West Virginia (4-7, overall, 2-6 Big 12) will look to finish the regular season on a high Saturday when Boone visits Pickens Stadium to face Oklahoma State (7-4, 4 – 4). Kickoff is set for noon EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 9-4. The Mountaineers need a season win to avoid tying the fewest wins (4-8 in 2013) since a 3-8 record in 2001.
WHAT’S AT SAME?
Oklahoma State appears to be bouncing back from a loss to rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys fell 28-0 to the Sooners and then dominated the final three quarters before losing 28-13. Oklahoma State opened the season with high hopes after a 5-0 start.
West Virginia coach Neal Brown is struggling and just needs to win. His Mountaineers dropped four out of five.
Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders vs. West Virginia secondary. Sanders is second in the Big 12 with 264.2 yards per game. West Virginia is ninth among the 10 Big 12 teams, allowing 270.4 yards passed per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
State of Oklahoma: S Jason Taylor II. He’s all over the field, all the time. Against Oklahoma, he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. He leads the Big 12 in solo tackles and ranks fourth nationally with five interceptions.
West Virginia: W. R. Sam James. He has 44 catches for 726 yards and six touchdowns this season. He ranks No. 5 in West Virginia career receptions with 188 and needs four to pass David Saunders for fourth. He is No. 8 in career yards, receiving in West Virginia with 2,212.
Sanders threw four interceptions in a 28-13 loss to Oklahoma last week. …Oklahoma State has won its last seven games against the Mountaineers. …Oklahoma State ranks 15th nationally in tackles for loss. … West Virginia WR Sam James has 44 catches for 726 yards and six touchdowns. … West Virginia WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton has 60 catches this season for 653 yards and seven touchdowns. His 5.5 receipts per game ranks second in the Big 12.
Other things to watch during Week 13 in the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Kansas (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) at No. 15 Kansas State (8-3, 6-2, No. 12 CFP)
A win would send Kansas State to the Big 12 championship game. The Wildcats could clinch that spot long before kickoff Saturday night if No. 24 Texas (7-4, 5-3, No. 23 CFP) loses at home to Baylor on Friday. K-State has won 13 in a row in the Sunflower State rivalry, the last three averaging over 31 points. The Jayhawks have not won the series since 2008, also the last time they had a winning season.
Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels played for the first time since his shoulder injury on October 8 against TCU last week, marking the first loss for the Jayhawks after a 5-0 start. Wildcats starter Adrian Martinez missed last week with a lower body injury, but his backup Will Howard threw for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns in his four games.
Iowa State (4-7, 1-7) at No. 4 TCU (11-0, 8-0, No. 4 CFP).
Aside from the overall records and conference standings, this is the Big 12’s best defense against its best offense and a matchup of teams on opposite sides of single-score games. The Cyclones are closing out their first losing season since 2016, which was coach Matt Campbell’s first season. Six of their Big 12 losses are by a touchdown or less (24 combined points, four per game). They have allowed only 16.5 total points and 277 yards per game. The Horned Frogs average 39.5 points and 482 total yards per game, and four of their league wins have been by touchdowns.
WITHIN THE FIGURES
Oklahoma (6-5, 3-5) qualifies for its 24th straight season after Bedlam’s victory over Oklahoma State last weekend. The only longer active streak is by No. 1 Georgia, which is eligible for the 26th consecutive season. … The Big 12 has eight teams eligible for a bowl. The last season the league had eight bowl teams was 2017, the only time with eight since a record nine bowl teams in 2012, the first time as a 10-team conference.
Texas running back Bijan Robinson is the only FBS player with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 300 yards receiving. He leads the Big 12 with 1,400 yards (127.3 yards per game) and his 16 rushing touchdowns. He had 243 yards and four touchdowns against Kansas last week, a week after TCU limited him to 29 yards. The Longhorns receive Baylor, who has limited Robinson to 98 yards (55 and 43) in two previous encounters.
TCU is the first Big 12 team to reach 11-0 since Texas went 13-0 in the 2009 season before losing in the BCS national championship game. The Longhorns were the last to finish an undefeated season, as they won the league’s final league title 13-0 in the 2005 season. The last team without a loss in conference was Oklahoma in 2016, as the Sooners overcame a 1-2 start in non-conference play.