Around The Big 12: Week 7

The big story in the Big 12 this weekend had to be Kansas State's win in Morgantown over West Virginia (5-2, 2-2). The Wildcats 55-14 win catapults them into the National Championship and arguably makes QB Collin Klein the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

The big story in the Big 12 this weekend had to be Kansas State's win in Morgantown over West Virginia (5-2, 2-2). The Wildcats 55-14 win catapults them into the National Championship and arguably makes QB Collin Klein the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy.

In Fort Worth, the story that is sort of flying under the radar is Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1) knocked off TCU in three overtimes 56-53 to set up a showdown in Manhattan between Tech and undefeated KSU.

Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1) beat Iowa State 31-10, but lost quarterback J.W. Walsh for the season to an injured knee. Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said Sunday that the injury occurred early on and that Walsh continued to play through it for the remainder of the game. Wes Lunt will be back at QB this week against TCU. Lunt began the season as OSU's starter before giving way to Walsh because of injury.

Texas won a 56-50 shootout over Baylor to avoid a second straight year of losing the game after a loss to Oklahoma the previous week. In that game, the story was Longhorns rushing attack, which exploded for 293 yards. Bears quarterback Nick Florence threw for 352 yards. The game looked like it could resemble the Baylor/West Virginia contest earlier this year at the half with Texas leading 42-31.

This week Baylor (3-3, 0-3) faces the always tough Cyclones (4-3, 1-3), Saturday night in Ames, while Texas (5-2, 2-2) is in Lawrence to face Charlie Weis and Kansas.

Speaking of the Jayhawks, one can argue that KU is better this year than in 2011, though their final record may potentially not reflect it. Kansas (1-6, 0-4) has been in every game at halftime this season, but one and that came Saturday night at Oklahoma.

The Sooners blasted the Jayhawks 52-7, rolling to a 38-0 halftime lead. KU running back James Sims however showed that he is one of the top two or three running backs in the Big 12, rushing for almost 100 yards and pulling in 52 yards receiving. Kansas alternated quarterbacks at times Saturday between redshirt freshman Michael Cummings and senior Dayne Crist. On Tuesday, Weis will name a starter and go primarily with one quarterback against Texas.

As for Oklahoma, many eyes will be focused on Norman, Saturday night, as the Sooners (5-1, 3-1) host number five Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will come in undefeated for one of the most anticipated games ever at Owen Field. Quarterback Landry Jones will head into this one fresh a three touchdown 291 yard performance against the Jayhawks.


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