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Around the Big 12: Iowa State is the team to beat

While Mountaineers fans around the country were preparing their Thanksgiving meals and getting ready to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, the first West Virginia game of the season was halted by COVID-19. The Mountaineers were given a second week of no football in row while the rest of the conference carried on over the holiday weekend.

What did we learn? Texas is in fact still not back and the Iowa State Cyclones have the largest target on their backs.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the conference games over Thanksgiving weekend:

Iowa State at Texas: While non-football fans were out scoring holiday deals, Big 12 fans were trying to determine what Texas could do in their final home game of the season. Coach Tom Herman and quarterback Sam Ehlinger made some questionable decisions near the end of the fourth quarter to give Iowa State the victory. Texas is essentially out of the Big 12 championship conversation and Monday morning the old “Nick Saban’s wife is house hunting in Austin” rumors were on my Twitter timeline. Not sure how much longer Tom Herman wears the head coach title for the Longhorns.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State: Saturday’s matchup in Stillwater was without a few key Cowboys, namely Chuba Hubbard, due to COVID-19. This game would have helped West Virginia if Texas Tech had won, but Oklahoma State continued to succeed at home. The score was close in this one and the Cowboys proved they are still one of the conference’s top teams.

Kansas State at Baylor: The Wildcats have been downhill since their Halloween matchup versus West Virginia. Saturday’s game in Waco gave Baylor the win they likely needed for morale under their new head coach Dave Aranda. Aranda’s season last year with LSU is quite literally the polar opposite of Baylor’s 2020 season and Big 12 followers can expect a season marked with improvement for 2021.

TCU at Kansas: At one point, I’m sure everyone was rooting for Kansas in this one. The Jayhawks are still winless on the season, but actually found the endzone more than once in Saturday’s home loss to TCU. The Horned Frogs are 4-4 on the season and that record likely has Gary Patterson sweating through more than one turtleneck a day.

The Mountaineers are back in action this weekend, with a road trip to Ames to play the Iowa State Cyclones. The game kicksoff at 3:30 ET on ESPN.

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