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Around the Big 12: COVID catches up with the conference

The Big 12 was one of the least-affected conferences during the 2020 regular football season once conference play started. Unfortunately as holiday travel ramped up around Thanksgiving, an increase of cases around country wound up infiltrating the Big 12 conference.

For the second time this season, the West Virginia-Oklahoma football game was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, this time on the West Virginia football team. A week after the Mountaineers had a stinging loss to the Iowa State Cyclones, the program put a pause to football activities due to positive cases and contact tracing.

Texas was forced to cancel their regular season finale against the Kansas Jayhawks, leaving just two Big 12 games to be played on the final weekend of the regular season.

Oklahoma State at Baylor: Baylor’s first season under Dave Aranda did not have the shiny new glow that many had hoped for. After a sluggish offensive showing from the Bears, quarterback Charlie Brewer announced he would be entering the transfer portal. Mike Gundy’s Cowboys showed off offensively, but still failed to win enough games to make it to the conference championship game and the coach’s seat may have just had its heater turned on.

Louisiana Tech at TCU: It goes without saying that many Big 12 fans likely forgot this game was happening this weekend. The Horned Frogs secured their sixth win of the season, putting up some points on the Bulldogs. Saturday’s win for TCU secured a spot in the middle tier of the conference, what’s become a normal spot for TCU over the past few seasons.

Next up for the conference: Saturday’s Big 12 Conference Championship game featuring Iowa State and Oklahoma.

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