Except for big games in Manhattan and Morgantown, it was a quiet week for the Big 12. And those two big games only serve to solidify the previous week’s rankings rather than shake them up.
1. Oklahoma: The Sooners got West Virginia’s very best shot on an electric night in Morgantown, and they responded with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a reverse pass to Trevor Knight for a touchdown, and 242-yard rushing night from freshman Samaje Perine, who plays much better than his name. In fact, Perine looks to be OU’s best back since Adrian Peterson (another guy who plays better than his name), and it’s not even close.
2. Baylor: The Bears were off and draw Iowa State this weekend. Suffice it to say that Baylor will absolutely steamroll the Cyclones.
3. Kansas State: There’s no shame in losing to Auburn by six points, but there is some shame when you give the game away. And that’s what the Wildcats did with Jack Cantele’s three missed field goals and Tyler Lockett’s dropped touchdown pass that turned into an interception. But great teams don’t make those kinds of mistakes. K-State is merely very good.
4. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were off and await a Thursday-night visit from Texas Tech, a team that hasn’t won in Stillwater since 2001.
5. West Virginia: The Mountaineers couldn’t quite pull off the upset over Oklahoma, but they achieved a 24-24 halftime deadlock against possibly the best team in the nation. Let there be no doubt about it--West Virginia is dramatically improved over a year ago.
6. TCU: The Horned Frogs were off and now get a shot at SMU, a thoroughly dismal club that averages four points per contest after three games. If TCU allows the Ponies to score, Gary Patterson should sentence his defensive players to sensitivity training with Roger Goodell.
7. Iowa State: After scoring a mild upset over Iowa, the Cyclones were idle last week. If they’re anything close to idle against Baylor on Saturday, the Bears will treat them like a honey comb guarded by nothing but the queen bee.
8. Texas: The Longhorns were off this week and now look forward to a trip to Lawrence, Kansas. Do not be surprised if this game is closer than what the oddsmakers predict.
9. Texas Tech: Tech’s season is only three weeks in and already there is turmoil (defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt “resigned” for “personal reasons”) and desperation (two uninspired wins over weak competition and a beat-up by Arkansas). And the football gods now do the Red Raiders no favors as Tech must travel to Stillwater to play a program that has thoroughly owned them for a good decade. As always with the Red Raiders, it will be interesting.
10. Kansas: The Jayhawks overcame Charlie Weis’ hideous coaching to beat the Central Michigan Chippewas, 24-10. Sure, Central Mich is no great shakes, but they do have a win over a Big 10 team (Purdue). Kansas actually looked like a semi-competent team in this one, so Texas Tech had best look out lest they be staring up at Kansas’ keister. Not an enviable position.
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