Texas Tech-Texas high­lights Big 12 sched­ule

The Oklahoman - - COLLEGE KICKOFF -

The Big 12’s mar­quee game Satur­day is in Lub­bock, where Texas plays Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders fig­ure to be without quar­ter­back

Alan Bow­man, who was hos­pi­tal­ized for the sec­ond time this sea­son with a col­lapsed lung. But Tech’s Jett Duf­fey has been pro­duc­tive in re­lief.

Here’s how the Big 12 games rank:

1. Texas at Texas Tech, 6:30 p.m., Fox: That wild 39-38 Tech vic­tory 10 years ago, that ul­ti­mately helped lift OU to the na­tional cham­pi­onship game? That was the last time the Longhorns lost in Lub­bock.

2. Ok­la­homa State at Ok­la­homa, 2:30 p.m., ABC: The Cow­boys have won Bed­lam more times in Nor­man (nine) than in Still­wa­ter (seven).

3. TCU at West Vir­ginia, 11 a.m., Fox Sports1: The Moun­taineers have been part of ESPN’s GameDay only twice with Big 12 games. Both against TCU.

4. Bay­lor at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports1: Cy­clones 28-17. Iowa State is 4-0 since in­sert­ing fresh­man quar­ter­back Brock Purdy.

5. Kansas at Kansas State, 11 a.m., Fox Sports Ok­la­homa: A bat­tle for last place. Takes you back to the ’80s.

Coach on the hot seat: Dana Hol­gorsen

Only once in its Big 12 his­tory has West Vir­ginia fin­ished with a con­fer­ence record bet­ter than 5-4. Two years ago, WVU was 5-1 when it hosted OU on Nov. 19, with a chance to forge a tie for the Big 12 lead. In­stead, the Soon­ers won 56-28.

Now comes an­other West Vir­ginia team with a 5-1 Big 12 record and a chance to con­tend for a con­fer­ence ti­tle. WVU hosts TCU on Satur­day and goes to Still­wa­ter next week. Win those and it sets up a Thanks­giv­ing Fri­day show­down against the Soon­ers.

Dana Hol­gorsen is in his eighth sea­son coach­ing the Moun­taineers and has mostly stayed out of hot wa­ter and the good graces of Moun­taineer fans.

West Vir­ginia slowly has got­ten bet­ter as it ad­justs to Big 12 life. Em­pha­sis on slowly.

Two vic­to­ries would set up a show­down in Mor­gan­town.

But a loss, es­pe­cially at home to TCU, would re­mind Moun­taineer fans of their lack of Big 12 suc­cess.

Up­set spe­cial

The Jay­hawks had lost nine straight games to Kansas State when KU hired Mark Mangino to coach af­ter the 2001 sea­son. Mangino’s first two Kansas teams also lost the Sun­flower Se­ries.

But the Jay­hawks won four of five from K-State in the years 2004-08. That’s when KSU brought back Bill Sny­der, and af­ter the 2009 sea­son KU ran off Mangino. Kansas hasn’t beaten Kansas State since.

KSU has dom­i­nated, with only one of the last nine games de­cided by less than 10 points. Five of the nine games have been vic­to­ries of at least 31 points for K-State.

But now KU and KSU are tied for last place in the Big 12, each at 1-5. The Jay­hawks have fired coach David Beaty but are let­ting him coach out the sea­son. The 79-year-old Sny­der’s fu­ture is un­known.

Kansas hasn’t won a con­fer­ence road game since the Mangino days, and the Wild­cats are a 10½-point fa­vorite in Man­hat­tan on Satur­day.

But Kansas is im­proved, and K-State is reel­ing. Let’s go with the Jay­hawks in the up­set.

[AP PHOTO]

Texas Tech coach Kliff Kings­bury in­structs quar­ter­back Jett Duf­fey dur­ing a game against OU last week.

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