A few things to watch during Week 15, when the Big 12 finishes its regular season with two games that have title implications while the other four power conferences play championship games:
GAME OF THE WEEK, Part 1: No. 9 Kansas State at No. 6 Baylor. The winner is guaranteed at least a share of the Big 12 championship, but the Wildcats and Bears will know by kickoff Saturday night if they are playing for an outright title. That’s the same position Baylor was in last year when it hosted the league’s final game of the season and beat Texas to win its first Big 12 title. When Kansas State last visited Waco, the Wildcats were No. 1 in the BCS standings and seemingly headed toward an undefeated regular season before losing 52-24. K-State had to settle for sharing the conference title with Oklahoma, but did get the league’s BCS automatic berth because of its win over the Sooners earlier that season.
GAME OF THE WEEK, Part 2: Iowa State at No. 4 TCU. The Horned Frogs, who have won six in a row since their 61-58 loss at Baylor nearly two months ago, are guaranteed at least a share of their first Big 12 title with a win. With an unlikely upset by Iowa State, Kansas State or Baylor would be the outright champion. TCU is also trying to stay in position for a spot in the new four-team playoff, having moved up third in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. TCU is a five-touchdown favorite against the Cyclones, the only Big 12 team without a league victory. But Iowa State won in its last trip to Fort Worth two years ago in the first start at quarterback for Trevone Boykin, who last year on the road against the Cyclones had is third TD run in the final minute to give the Frogs a 21-17 win.
BEDLAM STILL: Even though few outside Oklahoma will care this year, it is still Bedlam. In the Big 12’s only other game the first Saturday in December, Oklahoma State (5-6) plays at bowl-bound Oklahoma with the Cowboys looking to end a five-game losing streak and get bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season. The Sooners have gone 13-3 in the rivalry game under coach Bob Stoops.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Baylor has won its last seven home games against Top 25 teams, dating back to a season-opening win over TCU in 2011. ... With three conference games remaining, the home team has won 20 times and the visiting team has won 20 times this season. That doesn’t count two neutral-site games. ... Oklahoma plays Oklahoma State for the 109th time, matching Texas as the Sooners’ most-played opponent.
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