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Week 8 Predictions

Our writing panel gives their predictions for the game this weekend, and then we look around at some of the more interesting games of the week.

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Last week's near miss was another reason to hope again that this team could come through.  How many people had their confidence restored?

All times Jayhawk (Central) Time

Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) @ Texas Tech (2-4, 0-3 Big 12)  2:30pm TV: FSN

PenHawk: Kansas' defense is legitimately ok this season, and Tech isn't the juggernaut offense we've seen in years past. For that reason, I don't see us getting completely embarrassed. However, I think there was some fool's gold in our almost respectable offensive showing last week, so I foresee yet another game where we just can't sustain enough drives to have a legitimate shot at winning. Texas Tech 34, Kansas 17

KU Grad 08: Tech throws three picks and fumbles twice in KU territory. Kansas converts a few golden opportunities and scores on its first trick play of the season. Fans all overreact and anoint Bowen the savior and all of RCT decides he should be our next head coach. Kansas wins 31-28.

mikeville: Everyone says this (and Iowa State) are KU's best chances for a win, so of course, I expect to see a lot of people call for the upset and the Jayhawk victory... which is exactly why that won't happen.  (This seems to be a recurring theme in my picks, btw.)  While I would like to see the 'Hawks pull out a big win on the road, now that I'm finally getting my hopes up it won't happen.  If Tony Pierson can get 15+ touches and Hawell/King/Mundine can combine for 15+ touches of their own, then yes, KU will be in prime position for the upset.  I don't have faith that will happen - it hasn't happened all year!  I think the 'Hawks hang around for the first half, maybe even three quarters, but eventually wilt on road and come home defeated yet again, something along the lines of 37-21 (Tech).

dnoll5: I think KU keeps it close, gains confidence from last week against OSU, but ultimately falls just short.  Of course, I could be wrong and this score could be flipped on its head, and I wouldn't be all that shocked.  If there is a team out there that KU can score 30 on, it's Tech.  Winning the turnover war will be key, and KU must convert on their opportunities when they force an INT or fumble. 31-24 Texas Tech.

Jim Hammen: It will be a slightly closer game than the score indicates, as Kansas hangs around for most the game, but a late score by Tech provides a more comfortable final margin. (Although KU covers the spread for the third week in a row.) Texas Tech 30, Kansas 17.

brendandzwierzynski: TTU continues to be inconsistent and the pressure on Kliff Kingsbury becomes even more intense as KU breaks the road losing streak. Cummings completes ~60% of his passes for just under 300 yards, one touchdown and one pick. Corey Avery picks up two touchdowns on the ground. Ben Heeney has another day of double-digit tackles and I cry tears of joy. Jayhawks 28, Red Raiders 27

fetch13: I'm saying Texas tech wins 26-14 as the road woes continue. If kansas gets the pressure on the QB they did last week then they have a chance at the road win but I'll never pick us to win a road game until it happens.

misterbrain: I'm torn on this one.  Like Mike said above, this is really our only chance at a road win, and having looked at Texas Tech this year, it looks like your typically case of strength versus strength, weakness versus weakness.  I think it ultimately comes down to KU's improving offense over TTU's stagnant defense.  I have KU in a squeaker. Kansas 28, Texas Tech 27

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#4 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) @ West Virginia (4-2, 2-1 Big 12)  11:00am  TV: Fox Sports 1

With the high-flying offensive performance, Baylor pretty much ensured that no one will ever feel safe with any lead they have against Baylor the rest of the year.  West Virginia isn't strong enough on defense to slow them down, but the offense is strong enough to keep pace - for 3 quarters or so.  Baylor 52, West Virginia 41

#14 Kansas State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) @ #11 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12)  11:00am  TV: ESPN

This game will pretty much determine who the third horse will be in the Big 12 race.  My money is on Oklahoma, even though K-State's defense will keep them in the game.  Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 34

#21 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) @ #7 Alabama (5-1, 2-1 SEC)  2:30pm  TV: CBS

Coming into the season, this looked like it could potentially be for the division.  Now, it's just two teams trying to stay relevant in the chase for the SEC championship game.  Alabama is the more talented team, and the near miss against Arkansas should give them the kick in the pants they need to put this one away.  Alabama 24, Texas A&M 21

#15 Oklahoma State (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) @ #12 TCU (4-1, 1-1 Big 12)  3:00pm  TV: Fox Sports 1

Oklahoma State has made a living on surviving in close games this year, but TCU will be one of the toughest they will face this year, and they will have the benefit of knowing what to expect.  TCU executes on defense to a much better degree than KU did last week and completely shuts down the Cowboy offense.  TCU 31, Oklahoma State 17

Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) @ Florida (3-2, 2-2 SEC)  6:00pm  TV: ESPN2

The Tigers took what should have been a huge advantage last week against Georgia and instead let Georgia put on a show with the backups.  Florida has a QB controversy, mainly because neither QB is good enough to take the starting spot.  This game should be ugly.  Unfortunately, someone has to win, so I'll go with the team that didn't just lay an egg.  Florida 17, Missouri 13

Iowa State (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) @ Texas (2-4, 1-2 Big 12)  7:00pm  TV: Longhorn Network/WatchESPN

Texas has started to turn it on recently, and Iowa State is the perfect type of team to keep the roll going.  Iowa State will try to put the scare against Toledo behind them and get their first Big 12 win.  Home-field advantage should ultimately determine the victor here (and likely a call that screws over the Cyclones). Texas 21, Iowa State 20

#5 Notre Dame (6-0) @ #2 Florida State (6-0)  7:00pm  TV: ABC

This should be the marquee game of the week, even if I despise both teams.  Florida State has shown cracks this year, but Notre Dame almost lost to North Carolina.  Away team pulls off the upset. Notre Dame 28, Florida State 24

Nevada (3-3) @ BYU (4-2)  9:15pm  TV: ESPN2

After a heartbreaking OT loss to UCF, BYU looks to rebound against a Nevada team that has been fairly average this year.  I see them coming out with a vengeance and never looking back. BYU 38, Nevada 17