THE BIG 12 REPORT

Oklahoma and West Virginia will battle it out with Big 12 title hopes on the line

Kyler Murray and OU face a tough challenge. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

All eyes will be on one matchup in week 13 that will decide who will face off in the Big 12 Championship. This storybook season in the Big 12 could not have been written any better. With a pending win over Kansas the Longhorns will be a lock in the Big 12 Championship game and will be set to face the victor of Oklahoma vs. West Virginia. Fans should be in for a treat no matter who ends up facing off against the Longhorns, because in each of their games vs. Texas the margin of victory was less than a touchdown. Both of these Big 12 powerhouses will have to leave it all out on the field to keep their season alive.

Must watch games week 13

Oklahoma vs. West Virginia

After the Mountaineers suffered a devastating 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State in week 12, everything will be on the line when they face off against the Sooners. Both teams season will come down to this single game and the winner will most likely take on Texas. While a win for the Sooners not only means a chance at redemption against the Longhorns, who defeated them earlier this season, but it also keeps them in the college football playoff conversation. There is no doubt that this showdown will be a high scoring affair as both teams are led by top tier quarterbacks, both of which are ranked top 10 in passing yards and top five in touchdowns this season. Though both of these teams are proven offensive powerhouses, they have shown major flaws defensively. Get ready to find yourself on the edge of your seat this entire game.

Texas vs. Kansas

The Longhorns are just one win away from punching their ticket to the Big 12 championship game. With a big home win vs. Iowa State on senior night this past weekend, Texas will look ahead to their final game of the regular season against an interesting Kansas team. The Jayhawks actually led Oklahoma early in the second quarter of their Week 12 matchup and finished with 40 points. There is always the concern that the Longhorns will overlook their lesser competition, but this game should carry some extra meaning for UT, considering the fact that they have not been Big 12 champs since 2009.  While at first glance the Jayhawks do not seem like much of a challenge for the 8-3 Longhorns, no win is ever guaranteed. Expect the tone for this game to be set early. If the Longhorns come into the game unfocused or lackadaisical I have no doubt that Kansas will give them a run for their money, but if Texas plays with their regular sense of urgency this one should be over early.

Players to watch week 13

Kansas RB Pooka Williams: The first player on the list to watch this last weekend of the regular season is a young, dynamic playmaker who has proven to be the driving force for the Jayhawks offense in 2018. Freshman running back Pooka Williams has accounted for nearly 1,300 yards and eight touchdowns this season for a Kansas team who has had their best season in recent memory. While the Jayhawks have a not so promising matchup with Texas to finish off the season, Williams is coming off a career game in which he ran for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns against Oklahoma. It will be hard to completely count out Kansas if their young star is able to duplicate his last performance.

Texas RB Keaontay Ingram: Another young running back to pay attention to in Week 13 is Texas freshman Keaontay Ingram. While Ingram’s playing time has been limited all season as he has split reps with Senior Tre Watson, the young back has shown big playmaking ability both on the ground and through the air. Ingram has shown the reliability to be deemed serious threat anytime he touches the ball and has helped to give the Longhorns a change of pace option coming out of the backfield. Ingram caught the ball five times last weekend on top of his twelve rushing attempts. Look for Ingram to get plenty of opportunities as coach Tom Herman continues to find different ways to best utilize his young talent.

TCU WR Jalen Reagor: Sophomore receiver Jalen Reagor has been the one bright spot for the Horned Frogs in 2018. The go to target for TCU has scored a touchdown in each of his last six games and has provided college football with some of its most exciting moments in the process. With his elite speed and elusiveness, Reagor is a threat to score anytime he touches the football and gash defenses wide open. TCU will need one last big performance from Reagor if they hope to end the season on a positive note with a win against a dangerous Oklahoma State team.

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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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