Big 12 Rewind & Power Rankings: Week 4

BearsIllustrated looks at the past weekend in the Big 12 and ranks the conference. Lost of movement in the rankings after this weekends games. Join us inside and discuss the rankings and the Big 12!

With 4 of the 10 Big 12 teams taking the weekend off, all eyes were in Austin, TX this weekend for the Kansas State v Texas game. After a tumultuous week, the Longhorns were ready to get back on the field after the defenses first full week with new DC Greg Robinson. Much had been said about the weakness of the defense against the run, but the identity of the offense was still shaky at best. Well behind an inspired effort by the defense, in which they held the Wildcats under 200 yards rushing (a huge win seeing as how they had given up over 800+ yds in the previous two games), the offense relied heavily on the run, and looked good doing it, in earning a win in their first Big 12 game. The news wasn't all good news for the Horns, however, as they lost starting LB Jordan Hicks for the year, to an ankle injury, and QB David Ash, who was evaluated for a head injury. Still the Longhorns have to feel good about getting a W on this night and moving to 1-0 in the Big 12.

The next big story from the weekend was the complete dominance of the Baylor Bears against the ULM Warhawks. Heading in to the game, ULM was coming off of an impressive win over Wake Forest. Kolton Browning, the Warhawks starting QB, is an underrated QB and would provide the Bears a challenge, as he is not only a great passer but a smart runner as well. After facing an option run attack and a conventional offense, in weeks 1 and 2 respectively, the Bears defense would be faced with covering a spread offense. Well they answered the bell. In the 1st quarter alone, the Bears defense held twice on 4th downs inside the Red Zone and intercepted Kolton Browning twice, with both interceptions resulting in Touchdowns for the defense. The offense was explosive, racking up 70 points for the second consecutive game, but it was the defense that stole the show on Saturday. The defensive line got great penetration in to the backfield all game long, they forced turnovers, scored points off of those turnovers, and held a good ULM offense to 7 points and under 295 yards of total offense for the game. Nationally, the Bears are beginning to earn respect and are being talked about as a legitimate BCS/NC contender. As the Bears head in to Big 12 play, fans should be extremely excited about where the team is and where it is heading.

Also in action this weekend were Kansas, Texas Tech, and West Virginia. Kansas was coming off a loss at Rice, last weekend, so it was extremely important that Kansas get a win, at home, against Louisiana Tech. After all, Kansas has not won against an FBS team in over 2 years. With both teams struggling mightily on offense, the Kansas Jayhawks were able to take advantage of a key turnover in the red zone, by the Bulldogs, and kick a 52 yd field goal, as time expired, to escape with an UGLY 13-10 win.

West Virginia headed north to take on Maryland, in Baltimore. West Virginia was starting it's 3rd QB of the season, in redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Well on a nasty nasty day, the West Virginia offense was only able to muster 175 yards of offense, while Maryland was able to do anything and everything they wanted to. The Maryland defense forced 6 turnovers and led 30-0 at halftime. Ford Childress was just 11-22 for 62 yards and two interceptions against the ball-hawking Terrapins. Things seemed to have hit rock bottom for the Moutaineers, as they appear to be in full rebuilding mode this year. The Mountaineers will need to regroup quickly, as they have a date with Oklahoma State next Saturday.

Newly ranked Texas Tech was able to handle Texas Sate in Lubbock, winning 33-7. Things weren't as easy as the score seems, however, as the Red Raiders had to rely on a stingy defense to overcome some struggles by the offense. Freshman QB, Baker Mayfield, struggled in his return, and gave way to backup, and fellow freshman QB, Davis Webb early in the 2nd quarter. Davis Webb threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Raiders. Mayfield did return in the 4th quarter, and finished 14-20 for 124 yards and one interception. However, as stated earlier, it was the defense that stood out against Texas State. The defense held the Bobcats to only 232 total yards of offense, and scored the only touchdown of the 1st half. At 4-0, the Red Raiders seem to be for real, but things should start to get tougher for the Red Raiders heading in to Big 12 play.

Heading in to week 5, gives their Big 12 Power Rankings after week 4 performances. There was a lot of movement in the power rankings, so come inside our member board and discuss your thoughts!

BearsIllustrated Big 12 Power Rankings - Week 4:

Teams Overall Record
1. #11 Oklahoma State 3-0 (0-0)
2. #19 Baylor 3-0 (0-0)
3. #14 Oklahoma 3-0 (1-0)
4. #24 Texas Tech 4-0 (1-0)
5. TCU 1-2 (0-1)
6. Texas 2-2 (1-0)
7. Kansas Sate 2-2 (0-1)
8. West Virginia 2-2 (0-1)
9. Kansas 2-1 (0-0)
10. Iowa State 0-2 (0-0)

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