It’s Friday, and of course, that means it’s time for us to break down the Big-12 again! Half the teams in the conference are still undefeated, but that looks like it will be changing this week! First, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s results. Oklahoma and Kansas State, who faced off in a thrilling matchup two weeks ago, were both idle last week, as was Kansas.
The biggest game was of course West Virginia and Baylor, who put up a video game like 70-63 final score, with the Mountaineers coming out on top. WVU quarterback Geno Smith didn’t put up video game numbers. He put up video game numbers against the easiest possible setting. Read through this stat line two or three times: 45-51 656 yds 8 TD’s 0 INT. Yeah, that’s more touchdowns then incompletions. Before last week, there was no front runner in the Heisman race. After last week, it is easily Smith’s to lose.
Another huge matchup last week was #11 Texas, who were in a shootout of their own with Oklahoma State. The Longhorns survived the tough road test, coming out on to 41-36. It was a tough loss for the Cowboys, who are 2-2 despite the fact that Saturday’s 36 points was their lowest effort on the season.
The last inter-conference matchup saw Texas Tech stay perfect with a 24-13 road win over Iowa State. We will find out how real the Red Raiders are this week when they welcome the Sooners of Oklahoma. Lastly, #15 TCU also stayed perfect by knocking of SMU 24-16.
Now let’s take a look at some of the big matchups this week. Oklahoma State and Baylor are both idle this week.
#8 West Virginia at #11 Texas– All eyes will be on this matchup, as the Longhorns will try to slowdown Geno Smith and this high powered offense. Last week was the first real game for Texas, unless you count Ole Miss, and they squeaked out a win on the road. West Virginia will be looking to make a huge statement in their first year in the conference, and I think they get it done. Bottom line, I’ve been more impressed by WVU then I have been by Texas. I like the Mountaineers to pull off the huge road victory here.
West Virginia wins 38-34.
#17 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech– WVU-Texas is the only battle of ranked opponents this week, but this game will play like a battle of top 25 teams. Oklahoma has had two weeks to hear the media slam them, saying that they choked away another title season. This would be a great place to make a statement, and they need to, as Texas Tech is 4-0 coming into this game. If the Sooners drop this one, their season is definitely over. I don’t think Coach Stoops will let that happen, and I expect Oklahoma to put up a big win here.
Oklahoma wins 34-17.
With the last two matchups, I expect TCU to dominate Iowa State at home, and I like Kansas State to destroy in-state rival Kansas.
What did you think of the Big-12 this past week? Is there a legit title contender in this conference? And can anyone catch Geno Smith? Let us know in the comments!