Oklahoma Proves It Belongs At The Top
Heading in to their matchup with Notre Dame, there were still many questions surrounding the Oklahoma's QB situation. After Blake Bell showed very well against Tulsa, many wondered how he would be fair against a tough defense. Well he delivered, and helped OU end a 7 game losing streak against the Irish. Behind an opportunistic defense, that forced three interceptions, two of which came in the first 3 minutes of the game, Blake Bell passed for two touchdowns to lead the Sooners to a big 35-21 win in South Bend. This game was the win that the Big 12 conference was waiting for, and Oklahoma was able to provide a saving grace for the Big 12, at least for the time being. Up next for the Sooners, is a home game against a rejuvenated TCU squad.
OSU Isn't Who We Thought They Were
Against West Virginia, the Oklahoma State Cowboys had an opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the Big 12, that they were a team deserving of their pre-season hype to win the Big 12. Playing behind their 3rd QB, in 4 games, the Mountaineers were able to hold on late for a huge 30-21 win in Morgantown. Clint Trickett, starting his first game since transferring from Florida State, threw for 1 TD and led the Mountaineers on two late scoring drives to seal the win. One week earlier, the Mountaineers were left with several questions after a 37-0 blowout loss to Maryland, the defense showed great resolve in intercepting J.W. Walsh two times and causing another turnover. OSU appeared to take control in the 2nd half, as they opened the half scoring a TD. Later the in the half, they had an opportunity to tie on a FG attempt, but the FG was missed from short distance and WVU drove down the field for another FG. This was a great win for a team that was left for dead after their big loss, however, heading in to a Saturday night game against a Baylor team that has shown to be more explosive than OSU, WVU will need to shore up issues on offense in order to have a chance against the Bears.
Iowa State and TCU Get Much Needed Wins
Both Iowa State and TCU have severely under-performed to begin the 2013 season. TCU was considered a contender for the Big 12 title, while Iowa State was going to be improved. Neither has lived up to that hype so far. TCU opened the season with a loss, at AT&T Stadium, to LSU. Following a subpar win against an inferior opponent and an injury to their starting QB, Casey Pachall, the Horned Frogs were knocked off by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, in a very ugly game in Lubbock. But behind a rejuvenated run game, TCU was able to pull away from SMU with a 31 point 4th quarter, for a 48-17 win.
Playing against a mediocre Tulsa team, Iowa State was able to locate their running game and take out their frustrations on Tulsa, for a 38-21 win. Behind an inspired defense, the offense was able to put together a complete offensive performance churning out 440 yards of offense. The Cyclones will host a huge Thursday night game, as they welcome in the Texas Longhorns. ISU will look to continue running the ball , as Texas has shown to be very suspect against the run.
Heading in to week 6, BearsIllustrated.com gives their Big 12 Power Rankings after week 5 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:
|1. #11 Oklahoma||4-0 (1-0)|
|2. #17 Baylor||3-0 (0-0)|
|3. #21 Oklahoma State||3-1 (0-1)|
|4. #20 Texas Tech||4-0 (1-0)|
|5. TCU||2-2 (0-1)|
|6. West Virginia||3-2 (1-1)|
|7. Texas||2-2 (1-0)|
|8. Kansas State||2-2 (0-1)|
|9. Iowa State||1-2 (0-0)|
|10. Kansas||2-1 (0-0)|