While Baylor and Kansas have similar season-long narratives, Texas Tech has its own. For yet another season, the Red Raiders started the year well, before spiraling downward in conference play.
Since narrowly defeating Houston in Week 3, Texas Tech is 1-4, with its only win against Kansas. Losses came against Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Iowa State and Oklahoma — arguably four of the five best teams in the Big 12.
Next is Kansas State. While not a top Big 12 team, they’ve provided difficulty for Oklahoma and Texas. So, it won’t be an easy game for head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who sits on the hot seat.
After losing four of the last five games, Kansas State had a much-needed win over Kansas, 30-20. It was despite allowing 418 passing yards to Jayhawks quarterback Carter Stanley.
The Wildcat rushing attack remains strong, despite quarterback Jesse Ertz’s absence. Alex Barnes had 128 yards on the ground, while Alex Dalton pitched in 36 of his own from the signal caller position.
K-State will look to prove this performance wasn’t a fluke, as it plays the faltering Texas Tech squad. It should separate the middle of the pack in the Big 12.