Big 12 Rewind: Week 6

BearsIllustrated looks at the past weekend in the Big 12 and ranks the conference. Lots of movement in the rankings after this weekends games, including a new #1 at the top of the rankings. Join us on the member board to discuss the rankings and the Big 12!

Heading in to Week 6, in the Big 12, there were many questions facing teams. Could UT go in to Aimes, Iowa and defeat the Iowa State Cyclones? Could Oklahoma State bounce back from their previous weeks loss at West Virginia? Could OU continue it's winning ways against a tough TCU defense? Would Baylor finally be slowed down by a resurgent West Virginia defense? Well those questions, and more were answered after this past weekend.

Texas Escapes Aimes with Win

Heading in to their game against the Cyclones, the Longhorns knew they would have to rely on Case McCoy and Johnathan Gray to carry the load. After all, Gray had a breakout game against Kansas State the game before. But with the heat mounting against Mack Brown, it didn't really matter how Texas won as long as they won.

With Case McCoy throwing for 244 yards, it took a 1 yard scoring plunge with under a minute left in the game, to seal a Texas rally, 31-30. It was an important win for the Longhorns, as it gives Texas at least a share of the Big 12 lead, but more importantly it gives them confidence going in to the Red River Rivalry against the Sooners next week, in Dallas.

Texas Tech Continues Undefeated Season

The only bad news that came out of Texas Techs rout of Kansas, was the health of their starter, Baker Mayfield. After scoring 54 straight points, the true freshman QB was rolled up on by a defensive lineman and fell to the ground grasping at his knee. Mayfield was helped off the field and was no able to put any pressure on his right leg. Mayfields status has not be determined for their game in Week 7 against Iowa State. Outside of that injury, it was much of the same for both Texas Tech and Kansas. Texas Tech won it's 5th straight game and moved to 2-0 in conference play; while Kansas lost it's 22nd straight conference game.

Cowboys Hold Off Wildcats

Trailing 29-26, with 4:13 remaining, J.W. Walsh found Charlie Moore for a 6 yard TD to give the Oklahoma State Cowboys a 33-29 lead that they would not relinquish. Oklahoma State, however, continued their struggles on the offensive side of the ball, as Walsh continued to struggle throwing the ball, and the Cowboys running game delivered a paltry 85 yards rushing. It is a far cry from where the Cowboys were last year on offense. Still the Cowboys found a way to score points when they needed to, to move their record to 4-1 overall, and 1-1 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma Gets Tough Test From TCU, in Win

Oklahoma needed a late 76-yard TD run, from Brennan Clay, to hold off TCU, 20-17. Oklahoma moved its record to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, while TCU moved its record to 2-3 overall, and 0-2 in the Big 12. While TCU was expected to challenge for a Big 12 Title this year, the Horned Frogs have struggled mightily on offense, and could only manage just 210 yards of offense. This was the definition of a defensive battle, as Oklahoma could only muster 4 yards in the 3rd quarter, and didn't record a first down in the second half until the middle of the 4th quarter. After a Trevone Boykin TD run with 2:26 left on the clock, the Sooners were able to run the clock out, behind the tough running of Blake Bell.

Bears Continue Torrid Offensive Pace

What is there to say about this Baylor football team. What they are doing on offense is just amazing, but one thing that may be also taking a back seat is the impressive play of the defense. Our very own Tim Watkins does a great job breaking down the game, You can read it hear. but there is no question that this team is putting themselves in a great position to challenge for a Big 12 championship. Recording a stadium record 846 yards of offense, and breaking their school record for points scored for the second time this season, with 73, the Bears throttled the Mountaineers to the tune of 73-42.

Heading in to Week 7, BearsIllustrated.com gives their Big 12 Power Rankings after Week 6 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 7:

Teams
Overall Record
1. #15 Baylor
4-0 (1-0)
2. #12 Oklahoma
5-0 (2-0)
3. #20 Texas Tech
5-0 (2-0)
4. #22 Oklahoma State
4-1 (1-1)
5. TCU
2-3 (0-2)
6. Texas
3-2 (2-0)
7. West Virginia
2-3 (1-2)
8. Kansas State
2-3 (0-2)
9. Iowa State
1-3 (0-1)
10. Kansas
2-2 (0-1)

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