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WRNL Weekend Cheering Guide: Week 11

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Breaking down Iowa State’s path to Dallas.

Last week, Iowa State beat Kansas so badly that they fired their coach, and continued their run towards the Big 12 Championship Game. Meanwhile, the rest of the Big 12 refused to cooperate. West Virginia won perhaps the most exciting back-and-forth game of the season to stay in a tie for first in the conference. Oklahoma rallied back from an early deficit to beat Texas Tech on the road. Things are starting to become more clear, as 4 teams seem to have separated from the pack, Iowa State being one of them. Interestingly enough, all 4 have identical 1-1 “round robin” records against each other, making the last 3 weeks of the regular season as pivotal as ever. Let’s take a look at the other 3 and what our ideal outcomes are this weekend.

Oklahoma (5-1)

Head-to-Head: Won at Iowa State, Lost vs Texas

Remaining: at West Virginia (November 23rd)

This week: Oklahoma plays host to rival Oklahoma State in “Bedlam”. This game doesn’t have much of an impact on the Big 12 championship race. Win or lose, they will still be no worse than tied for 2nd. For our exercise here, an Oklahoma State upset would be ideal to give the Sooners an extra loss against an opponent that Iowa State beat. Cheer for Oklahoma State.

West Virginia (5-1)

Head-to-Head: Lost at Iowa State, Won at Texas

Remaining: vs Oklahoma (November 23rd)

This week: After humiliating the Longhorns with a true display of professionalism, coach Dana and the boys head home to take on TCU. From here on out, we need to cheer against West Virginia every week until they pick up a 2nd conference loss. TCU has been brutal this year, but maybe Gary Patterson creates some magic and pulls the road upset. Cheer hard for TCU and hope Gary packs an extra shirt if things don’t start well.

Texas (4-2)

Head-to-Head: Won vs Oklahoma, Lost vs West Virginia

Remaining: vs Iowa State (November 17th)

This week: Texas plays at Texas Tech, and while it doesn’t make much difference to us, we might as well pull for Tech to flash the upside down “Hook ‘em” and win the game. We’re only 1 week away from getting to settle our end on the field. This week, put differences aside and cheer for Texas Tech.

Also of note, Incarnate Word did not cooperate last week, but if they lose at Central Arkansas on Saturday, they will officially be out of the FCS playoffs and heading to Ames on December 1st, if necessary. Go, Central Arkansas, go.