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September 20, 2013

Around the Big 12: previews & predictions

It's week four of the college football season and a lone conference game again highlights the week in the Big 12. Here's a preview.

Baylor vs. Louisiana-Monroe

#20 Baylor (2-0) will take on ULM (2-1) at home in week four. Baylor won two weeks ago over Buffalo, 70-13, racking up 781 total yards, and the defense looked good too, giving up only 83 rushing yards. Louisiana-Monroe beat Wake Forest last week, 21-19, after outplaying the ACC team. Wake Forest had just 15 yards rushing on 15 attempts.

Baylor will look to put the ball in the air against ULM which has a shaky pass defense at best. Louisiana-Monroe will be the toughest team Baylor has faced this year by a long shot and after knocking off one team from a power conference, the Warhawks will be looking to do it again. But Baylor will win this game through the air, easily throwing for 300+ yards to cruise at home.

Baylor 52, Louisiana-Monroe 20

Kansas vs. Louisiana Tech

Kansas (1-1) will play host to Louisiana Tech (1-2). The Jayhawks lost last week to Rice, giving up 370 total yards in a 23-14 setback. Louisiana Tech lost to Tulane last week, 24-15, giving up more than 350 total yards, and turning the ball over twice.

Kansas will be looking to double its win total from last year, and move into conference play on a winning streak. Louisiana Tech will not be bowl eligible this season, so it will be looking to pull an upset over a team in a power conference. Kansas will win this game, and it will be because of its work on the ground.

Kansas 24, Louisiana Tech 17

Kansas State at Texas

Kansas State (2-1) will be traveling to Texas (1-2) this week for a Big XII showdown. Kansas State is 2-0 since dropping its first game to FCS opponent NDSU. Texas, on the other hand, has lost two in a row since winning in week one, losing last week to Ole Miss. Ole Miss racked up the yards on Texas' questionable defense, including 272 yards on the ground.

KSU won last week against UMass and racked up 329 yards on the ground. Texas will lose this week because of its lack of run defense, and KSU will have a big game on the ground, and will do enough to keep Texas out of the end zone enough times to win.

Kansas State 24, Texas 20

Texas Tech vs. Texas State

#25 Texas Tech (3-0) is hosting Texas State (2-0) this week. It's the second year of FBS football for the Bobcats, who landed in the Sun Belt Conference after just one year in the now defunct WAC.

Texas Tech beat TCU last week at home. The Red Raiders lost in the total yards category, but forced two turnovers and beat TCU. Texas State beat Prairie View last week, racking up 408 total yards and winning handily. Texas Tech will be looking to run all over Texas State and win this game at home. TTU will win without trouble and will not be slowed down by Texas State.

Texas Tech 45, Texas State 24

West Virginia at Maryland

West Virginia (2-1) will be on the road in week four facing off against ACC team Maryland (3-0). West Virginia won last week against Georgia State, and racking up 604 yards in the impressive victory. Maryland won last week against UConn running for 224 yards and racking up 501 total yards. West Virginia's offense isn't what it has been in the past, and Maryland's defense is looking good so far this year. West Virginia will lose this game and will still be looking for an identity in week five.

Maryland 38, West Virginia 24

Record Last Week: 8-0

Season Record: 22-3

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