The Big 12 went 6-3 on a weekend of big intersectional clashes. This conference is turning out to be a little deeper than most people expected.
1. Oklahoma: Some of us thought Tennessee might throw a bit of a scare into the Sooners, but we were dead wrong. OU dominated the Vols as Trevor Knight, who looks like the real deal by the way, threw for 308 yards and the Sooner defense sacked Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley five times en route to the 34-10 rout. The Sooners’ trip to West Virginia this weekend should still be an interesting game though.
2. Baylor: The Bears look just like they looked this time last year—scary good. Their 63-21 victory over Buffalo was even more of a laugher than the score indicates. Bryce Petty shows no ill effects from a back injury, and he’s got a deadly new weapon—no pun intended—in freshman wideout K.D. “Boom Boom” Cannon.
3. Kansas State: The Wildcats were off, but had better be on when the Auburn Tigers come calling on Thursday night. They will be.
4. Oklahoma State: The UTSA Roadrunners are actually a respectable football team, but outside of an initial field goal, they were never in it against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys held UTSA to 11 first downs and 204 total yards, while signal caller Daxx Garman (probably the only QB in college football with two xs in his first name) passed for 315 yards. They have a bye week before the Thursday-night Big 12 opener against Texas Tech.
5. West Virginia: The Mountaineers’ defense is still a bit suspect, but Dana Holgorsen again appears to have an offense that can do what Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey used to do, and that’s rack up the yards and the points. Clint Trickett threw for a gaudy 511 yards and Kevin White caught 13 balls for 216 yards in WVU’s wild 40-37 victory over Maryland.
6. TCU: This is how you play run defense. The Horned Frogs stymied a Minnesota ground game that averaged 233 yards per game, holding it to only 99 clicks in a 30-7 win. On the other side of the pigskin, Trevone Boykin is developing into a competent dual-threat quarterback. Against the Gophers he tossed for 258 yards and rushed for another 92.
7. Iowa State: After opening the season with a truly dismal showing against North Dakota State, the Cyclones have strung together a couple of good performances, the first a near miss against Kansas State and the second a 20-17 victory over Iowa. ISU rebounded from a 14-3 deficit midway through the third quarter to knock off the Hawkeyes. This team, like its coach, has some resolve.
8. Texas: The Longhorns knocked star UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley out of the game but still couldn’t knock off the Bruins despite the game being played in Arlington. Still, Texas did show some resiliency in bouncing back from the BYU trouncing with a competitive showing against the PAC 12 school.
9. Texas Tech: Red Raider fans hoped Tech’s lethargic showings against Central Arkansas and UTEP were mirages and that the real Red Raiders would show up against Arkansas. Alas, it appears that the group that limped past the opening marshmallows is what Big 12 teams can expect to see from the Lubbock outfit. And trust me, they’re not quaking in their boots.
10. Kansas: We knew Kansas’ offense would suffer after losing its top two backs to injury, but now it looks like the defense will match that ineptitude after yielding 245 rushing yards to Duke freshman Shaun Wilson. That rushing total is best in Duke history.
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