So at the beginning of the season, if I asked you what Big-12 team would be 7-0 and #3 in the country, who would you have said? Oklahoma? Texas. Maybe West Virginia. Try Kansas State. Yup, the Wildcats of Kansas State are the team to beat in the all mighty Big-12 after absolutely demolishing Geno Smith and #19 West Virginia 55-14 in Morgantown. Collin Klein vaulted himself into the Heisman race lead by notching seven touchdowns: 4 on the ground and 3 in the air.
#14 Texas Tech followed up their surprising upset of West Virginia two weeks ago with a thrilling 56-53 triple overtime victory over #23 TCU. Senior QB Seth Doege did his best to one up Collin Klein, finishing the game with seven touchdowns through the air. This game was the 3rd of five straight games against ranked opponents for the Red Raiders, with the toughest one coming up this week against Kansas State.
Texas and Baylor had a shootout of their own, with the Longhorns coming out on top 56-50. It’s been an interesting year for Texas. Normally a team that prides itself on tough defense, this season has turned into a string of shootouts. They still have a couple tough games left on their schedule, including a date with Kansas State on the last week of the season, where they will be looking to play spoiler.
The last two conference games were uneventful. #8 Oklahoma had an easy game as expected, destroying Kansas 52-7. Lastly, Oklahoma State pull off an “upset” over then #24 Iowa State. The Cyclones had a couple solid weeks, with a win over TCU and a close loss to Kansas State, but they weren’t worthy of a top 25 ranking.
There are a couple huge matchups this week, and we are about to break them down for you! West Virginia (5-2) will have a week off to figure out just what has happened to this once vaunted team over the last two weeks.
#5 Notre Dame (7-0) at #8 Oklahoma (5-1)
We will find out how good Notre Dame really is this week. The undefeated Irish have had a tough schedule on paper, facing off against three opponents that were top 20 when they faced them. However, two of them were the unimpressive Spartans and Wolverines of Michigan State and Michigan, and the other was Stanford, who hasn’t impressed much after their big USC win. Oklahoma tends to lose games early, then roll from there, looking like the best team in the country in the process. I’ll be pulling for Notre Dame, but on the road, I think they drop their first game here. I’m not sure if this will be a struggle or a shootout, so I’ll go with something in the middle.
Oklahoma wins 24-17.
#14 Texas Tech (6-1) at #3 Kansas State (7-0)
The other huge game involves conference leading Kansas State and on fire Texas Tech. On paper, this is the biggest test left on the schedule for Kansas State, though I think they will struggle more against Texas or maybe on the road against TCU. Texas Tech’s defense was actually looking impressive on the season before giving up over half a century of points to TCU last week, while Kansas State has gotten to this point thanks to a good defense of their own. The Wildcats have held all opponents to 21 points or under, but that will change this week. This has all the looks of a shootout, and in my mind, it’s a coin flip. Given the location of this game, I’m going to give the slight edge to KSU here.
Kansas State wins 45-38.
In the other games, I like Oklahoma State (5-2) to out shoot TCU (5-2) at home, Iowa State (4-3) to knock off Baylor (3-3) at home, and Texas (5-2) to utterly destroy Kansas (1-6).
Now we will wrap up the week in review with the Big-12 play of the week! Well, it only seems fitting that the play of the week comes from the game of the week, and that was Texas Tech-TCU. Our pick for today goes to Alex Torres, who hauled in the game winning catch in triple overtime. Check it out!
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What do you guys think of the two big matchups this week? Will Kansas State stay undefeated? Will Oklahoma hand Notre Dame their first loss on the year? We want to hear from you!