Big 12 week 4 picks and Big 12/SEC challenge picks


Monte Morris crosses over against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.

Chris Wolff and Ryan Young

The Big 12 schedule keeps on rolling and this week starts with a huge matchup between Kansas and Iowa State on Monday and another big matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Saturday with provide a brief break from Big 12 play when the Big 12 and SEC collide in the Big 12/SEC challenge.

The battle of conferences will be highlighted by Oklahoma and LSU, where two National Player of the Year candidates in Buddy Hield and Ben Simmons go at it. Kansas and Kentucky is also a huge matchup between blue blood schools, and Iowa State against Texas A&M is an intriguing game between top-25 schools.

Last week, Chris went 8-2 and Ryan went 6-4. On the year, Ryan is now 25-10 and Chris is 27-8. Here are our picks this week:

Jan. 25

Kansas at Iowa State

Chris: I’m going to take the Clones at home for back-to-back huge wins in Big Monday games.

Ryan: I think this will rival that of the Oklahoma game last week, but that Kansas will win it at the very end. I’ll take the Jayhawks by three points or less.

Jan. 26

Kansas State at West Virginia

Chris: West Virginia slipped up last week, but it won’t this week. At least not here.

Ryan: WVU is good. I’m not seeing them falter here at home against Kansas State.

Texas Tech at Oklahoma

Chris: Give me Buddy Hield again.

Ryan: I agree. Oklahoma is too good right now to drop this home game.

TCU at Texas

Chris: Texas is starting to figure things out now after a rough start, and I think they keep it up here against TCU.

Ryan: Sure, the Horned Frogs beat the Longhorns last time. But there’s no way Texas gets swept. Longhorns take this one.

Jan 27.

Baylor at Oklahoma State

Chris: I’ll take Baylor on the road here.

Ryan: Yep. Baylor wins here.

Jan. 30 (Big 12/SEC challenge)

Vanderbilt at Texas

Chris: Like I said earlier, I think Texas is starting to come around now. Vandy won’t impede that progress here.

Ryan: Texas won’t lose to Vandy at home. Shaka Smart has this down. 

West Virginia at Florida

Chris: Press Virginia blitzes Florida and gets another win for the Big 12.

Ryan: Give me Florida here with the upset. 

Tennessee at TCU

Chris: I think it’ll be a rough challenge for the SEC, but Rick Barnes and Tennessee get a win here.

Ryan: I know very little about the Vols, but I’m inclined to go against the Horned Frogs again here. I don’t know why, but I’m doing it.

Ole Miss at Kansas State

Chris: I’ll take Kansas State in The Octagon.

Ryan: Same. Kansas State at home can put up a good fight.

Iowa State at Texas A&M

Chris: This is a tough game, but being at Texas A&M gives the Aggies a huge advantage. Iowa State drops one here, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Iowa State is in a stretch with four ranked opponents in five games, so dropping the non-conference one is probably better than losing a conference game.

Ryan: I agree with Chris. Fans shouldn’t overreact to a loss here — as long as it’s close. It won’t set them back any in the Big 12 race. And let’s not forget, Texas A&M is a great team. And it’s on the road. So while a win would be nice, it’s OK to lose this one.

Texas Tech at Arkansas

Chris: Tubby Smith has done a great job in getting Texas Tech heading the right direction, and I think they get a win here.

Ryan: I’ll go Arkansas, just to differ from Chris. 

Oklahoma at LSU

Chris: Oklahoma

Ryan: Ben Simmons is great, but that’s all LSU has. Oklahoma.

Georgia at Baylor

Chris: Baylor has become a legitimate contender in the Big 12 and Georgia is pretty subpar, so I’ll take the Bears.

Ryan: This is another chance to show the country that Baylor belongs in the Big 12 race. They’ll take advantage. 

Kentucky at Kansas

Chris: Kansas wins the battle of the blue bloods. The Jayhawks are just better right now. 

Ryan: Kansas. They’re too good.

Oklahoma State at Auburn

Chris: This is not a marquee game by any means, but give me Oklahoma State.

Ryan: Give me the home team. War Eagle.

Big 12/SEC challenge winner:

Chris: The Big 12 dominates the SEC and takes the challenge with eight wins and only two losses.

Ryan: Overall, I would think that the Big 12 would take the challenge. But I looked over my picks, and I have it at a 50/50 split. I guess we’ll have to see what happens.