After two months spent mostly bludgeoning each other into submission, coaches in the Big 12 are starting to cast a wary eye toward the NCAA tournament.
The preseason All-American has served his suspension for his incident with a Texas Tech fan and will return for Saturday’s home game against the Red Raiders. He said he learned from his mistake and the consequences that followed.
OSU’s Marcus Smart is suspended three games for shoving a Texas Tech fan. The incident shows how volatile the interaction between fans and athletes is becoming.
Missouri quarterback James Franklin remembers exactly what happened the only time he faced Oklahoma State when the two teams were still Big 12 rivals two years ago.
After losing to No. 11 Oklahoma in the final 19 seconds back on Dec. 7, a loss that cost them the Big 12 Conference championship and a trip to the BCS, the Cowboys are preparing to face No. 9 Missouri.
Oklahoma State’s loss to West Virginia just appears more inexplicable in retrospect. And it was bad enough at the time that the Cowboys’ Big 12 title hopes appeared over.
Both remaining regular-season games in the conference’s round-robin schedule have championship implications.
Baylor arrived at Oklahoma State seeking its first win in Stillwater since 1939 — and a statement win to validate its case as a national championship contender.
The Big 12 Conference championship will be at stake when No. 3 Baylor visits No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
With an offense on pace to set major college records at 61 points and 685 yards a game, the Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) are riding a school-best 13-game winning streak, have matched their highest-ever AP ranking and fourth in the BCS standings.
The Cowboys were the preseason pick by Big 12 coaches as the favorite to win the league. But after an early loss at West Virginia, they have taken a bit of a backseat to Baylor’s undefeated run.
The easy question is to ask if Ohio State is better than Baylor, but the real question should ask if Michigan State is better than Oklahoma State. That is the most important question over the next few weeks, but it will not matter if Alabama and Florida State run the table to collide in Pasadena.