MORGANTOWN - The race for the Big 12 Conference title really heats up this weekend as all 10 teams are in action against one another with the feature games taking place in the state of Texas where No. 12 Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) takes on the No. 24 Longhorns (7-2, 6-0 Big 12) and unranked Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) travels to Waco in search of knocking off unbeaten and No. 5 ranked Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12).
"This is the Big 12 Conference and every week is a big game," Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "There are no rests, you have to be ready to play each and every week if you want to earn this championship."
The Bears are coming off of an impressive victory over a then-No. 10 Oklahoma squad (41-12) while the Raiders suffered their third conference setback at the hands of Kansas State (49-26) and dropped out of the Top 25.
"We don't have time to dwell on that loss," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We have a big, big challenge ahead of us on Saturday and we had better be ready to play because this is a very talented Baylor team that can score points in bunches and has a defense that is playing the best in our league."
Junior running back Lache Seastrunk continues to lead the Big 12 in rushing (111.0 ypg) and scoring (8.2 ppg) while junior quarterback Bryce Petty sets the conference standards in passing (332.1 ypg), pass efficiency (210.6) and total offense (346.9 ypg).
TTU isn't without its conference leaders as junior placekicker Ryan Bustin continues to set the pace in kick scoring with an average of 10.6 points per contest and junior tight end Jace Amaro leads all receivers with an average of 8.8 catches per contest.
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Now it takes on a Sooners (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) team that can't afford a letdown after suffering its second conference loss of the season to Baylor.
Junior quarterback Blake Bell, better known as the Belldozer, will be the key to player to watch as his ability to run and throw the football could cause trouble for an ISU defense ranked last in the Big 12 in scoring (37.8 ppg), and rushing (465.2) and next to last in pass defense (255.9).