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Week 13 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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Kansas almost pulled off the upset last week.  Every gushed about how happy it made them.  Do those good vibrations carry over to this week's matchup?  Find out below.

All times given in Jayhawk (Central) Standard Time

Kansas (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) @ #21 Oklahoma (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) Saturday 11:00am TV: FOX Sports 1

penhawk: Oklahoma is probably as vulnerable as we've seen them in recent years. Kansas is coming off the best two-game stretch we've seen in years. So, am I picking the upset? Nah. OU now has a game without Trevor Knight under their belts, and the game is in Norman. I'm feeling sort of positive-ish about the football team right now, but hanging tough with Oklahoma on the road is a bit much to ask. Oklahoma 42-Kansas 20

mikeville: The good vibes are definitely flowing for the Jayhawks right now, and who knows what is really going on down there in Norman?  If you look at just the last two weeks, this feels like a game the Jayhawks should be competitive in, right?  Well... I mean... I don't really have any good reason why not.  But for some reason, I just feel like this game will be more similar to our experiences vs West Virginia and Texas Tech than TCU.  The thing is, Oklahoma will be running all kinds of four and five-star guys at us at every position.  I'm just not sure we can keep up with that.  I think the defense bends but only breaks a couple of times, and OU settles for field goals, but their talent and home field advantage bring KU football fans back to reality - Oklahoma 36, Kansas 21.

Jim Hammen: It's been a fun two-week stretch for the Jayhawks (am I going to admit yet that the timing on Charlie Weis' firing was beneficial?  Nahhhhh).  And Oklahoma is feeling bad about their hugely disappointing season and Trevor Knight's injury, so there's a possible letdown factor in play.  However, I think that letdown factor allows the game to be competitive, rather than leads to a KU victory.  This is still Oklahoma at Oklahoma, after all.  Kansas should look decent, however, and the "Hire Clint Bowen!" cheers won't die down at all.  Oklahoma 35, Kansas 24.

KU Grad 08: Kansas completely falls apart. Cummings, for the first time all season, plays poorly and tosses three picks. OU breaks off a couple long runs and takes advantage. All hope and spirit crushed. Oklahoma 34, Kansas 6.

misterbrain: I'd like to say that our positive momentum carries over and we win, but I don't know that I can bring myself to do it, even with all the injuries that Oklahoma has.  I think we have a good chance to keep it close, but ultimately Kansas just won't have enough nab the win.  Oklahoma 31, Kansas 27.

Thursday Games:

#12 Kansas State (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) @ West Virginia (6-4, 4-3 Big 12)  6:00pm  TV: FOX Sports 1

Kansas State has had 2 weeks to think about getting demolished at TCU.  They show just how anxious they are to get back on the right track by pasting a suddenly free-falling West Virginia team. Kansas State 44, West Virginia 21.

North Carolina (5-5, 3-3 ACC) @ Duke (8-2, 4-2 ACC) 6:30pm  TV: ESPN

Duke suffered a deflating loss against Virginia Tech last week, and North Carolina had a rousing come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh.  But Duke is at home here against their biggest rival and are definitely the more talented team. Duke 21, North Carolina 20.

Saturday Games:

#25 Minnesota (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) @ #23 Nebraska (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) 11:00am  TV: ESPN

Both teams came off of disheartening losses, with Minnesota losing to the Buckeyes and Nebraska getting destroyed by the Badgers.  Nebraska is at home here, and despite the massacre, is still the better team. Nebraska 30, Minnesota 21

#15 Arizona (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) @ #17 Utah (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12) 2:30pm  TV: ESPN

Both teams played closer than expected games last week, but these teams are very evenly matched.  While Arizona would seem to be the team to pick here, Utah has been extremely difficult to defeat at home.  Utah 24, Arizona 20.

#8 Ole Miss (8-2, 4-2 SEC) @ Arkansas (5-5, 1-5 SEC) 2:30pm TV: CBS

With the big upset over LSU last week, Arkansas finally got an SEC win.  Can they get their second in as many weeks?  Short Answer: No.  Ole Miss 48, Arkansas 28

Texas Tech (3-7, 1-6 Big 12) @ Iowa State (2-7, 0-6 Big 12) 2:30pm TV: FSN

The battle for the bottom of the conference.  If Iowa State wins, it forces a three-way tie for last place. The ratings seem to indicate that Iowa State should win this one rather comfortably, but they are only a one point favorite.  My money is on Tech to get out with the road victory.  Texas Tech 27, Iowa State 13

#20 Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) @ Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 SEC) 6:30pm TV: ESPN

Missouri really turned it on against A&M last week to pull away in the 4th quarter.  Tennessee is nowhere near as talented.  Missouri rolls.  Missouri 38, Tennessee 17.

Oklahoma State (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) @ #7 Baylor (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) 6:30pm  TV: FOX

Oklahoma State continues the tailspin, getting demolished by the best team in the conference.  Baylor 56, Oklahoma State 10

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