Well this weekend produced one of the most shocking results in recent memory, when unranked Texas Tech spanked then #5 West Virginia. This score was so confusing because of Tech’s amazing defensive effort. For a team that hasn’t had a defense since, well ever, to shut down Geno Smith, the once lock for the Heisman, is incredible. Despite getting destroy, Smith still has yet to throw an INT, still putting up 275 yards and a touchdown. However, the bigger picture is that West Virginia’s title hopes are all but shot with the loss.
In the biggest game of the weekend, #9 Oklahoma absolutely crushed their big rival #25 Texas 63-21. It was an impressive showing for Oklahoma, who hadn’t put up an impressive effort before this game. The game wasn’t even that close, as Texas only had 8 points after three quarters. Truly a dominating effort by the Sooners, who once again leave you wondering what happened in their now yearly inexplicable loss.
#4 Kansas State struggled in what many, myself included, saw as a trap game at Iowa State. The Cyclones had not one but two potential game winning drives at the end of the game produced negative yards for Iowa State, who was unable to pull off the huge upset. The Wildcats were likely looking forward to this week’s game against West Virginia, which is still a huge matchup, despite the Mountaineer’s loss last week.
The result of the Oklahoma State-Kansas game, an OSU win, surprised no one. However, the final score of 20-14 might have turned some heads. Oklahoma State’s previous low in points scored was 36 before Saturday, and to struggle so mightily against a terrible Kansas teams makes it even more confusing. But hey, a win is a win.
Lastly, TCU bounced back from their first loss of the season with an impressive 49-21 road victory over Baylor. I had the Bears in this game, but I was dead wrong, as TCU never trailed after they went up 14-7 in the 2nd. We will find out how real they are in this week’s matchup.
We have another action packed week, as all ten teams will be in action against each other. With so many ranked teams in the conference, we have more huge, potentially national championship deciding games. Let’s take a closer look.
#4 Kansas State (6-0) at #13 West Virginia (5-1)- This was supposed to be a top five matchup, but West Virginia couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain, after falling unexpectedly last week. However, this is still a huge game in the grand scheme of things, and even though they lost last week, I like West Virginia. Look, the Mountaineers aren’t as bad as they played last week. They looked ahead, plain and simple. Now, they have their backs against the wall, and I expect them to play their best game this year, knocking off the highest ranked team in the Big-12.
West Virginia wins 31-21.
#17 Texas Tech (5-1) at #23 TCU (5-1)- This is the first big game that TCU has played in this conference, so you know they will be motivated. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders find themselves all the way up to #17 after being unranked all year. Both teams will be looking to build off of last week’s wins, but only one can win, and I think that will be Texas Tech. I like their chances better considering the high likelihood that this game turns into a shootout. I think Texas Tech continues to roll, and rides the momentum of this win into next week’s matchup with Kansas State.
Texas Tech wins 49-37.
In the other three games, I’m expecting three blowouts. I like #25 Texas (4-2) to roll over Baylor (3-2), #9 Oklahoma (4-1) to cruise against Kansas (1-5), and Oklahoma State (3-2) to “upset” #24 Iowa State (4-2) at home.
Lastly, we have our play of the week, which goes to Damien Williams of Oklahoma, who helped the Sooners shoot out to their huge lead with a 95 yard TD run. Check it out below.