Well right now, Kansas State has solidified themselves as the #2 team in the nation. That might change by the end if Oregon and Notre Dame run the table, but for now, there is no questioning it. #2 Kansas State looked to have a test on their hands with #18 Texas Tech early on, as they held just a 13-10 lead at halftime. However, they shot ahead with 21 points in the 3rd quarter, and never looked back, cruising to an impressive 55-24 win.
#24 Oklahoma State also looked impressive, riling off their third straight win in the Big-12 by thumping TCU. This was one of the weirder games of the day, as TCU actually jumped out to a 14-3 lead. The Cowboys closed the gap to five points at halftime, and then boy, talk about second half adjustments. Not only did the Oklahoma State offense blank the Horned Frogs in the second half, but they strung together 27 points of their own, claiming a 36-14 victory. We will find out how real this team is, as they start the first of four straight ranked opponent matchups this week.
Iowa State stopped the bleeding of a two game losing streak by knocking off Baylor 35-21. The Cyclones are 5-3 on the season, and would only need one more win to become bowl eligible.
Now, it’s time to get to the ugly games. We will start with #23 Texas, who should have had a field day against the cellar dweller Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas has just one win on the year over South Dakota State, and losses on their schedule include Rice and Northern Illinois. So the Longhorns should have easily handled Kansas right? Well, if easily handled means down the whole game, only to score 14 4th quarter points, led by backup QB Case McCoy, then yes, they did. Despite the win, this is an embarrassing result for a school that has alot of football pride. How this team is still ranked is beyond me.
Now, let’s get to the biggest game of last weekend, Notre Dame coming to town to take on #12 Oklahoma. Many, myself included, thought this would be the win that would propel Oklahoma back into the title race, but it wasn’t meant to be. Here’s the funny thing. If you look at the final score of 30-13, you would assume that the Irish dominated Oklahoma, but that’s not true. Amazingly, this game was tied 13-13 with 5:30 left in the game! Thanks to some late scores by Notre Dame and some late turnovers by Oklahoma, the game looked to be a blowout. Regardless, a loss is a loss, and for Oklahoma now, the Big-12 title looks to be out of reach.
That covers the games from last week, as #21 West Virginia was idle. All ten teams are in action and in Big-12 matchups, so it should be an exciting weekend! Let’s break it down.
#24 Oklahoma State (5-2) at #2 Kansas State (8-0)– The game of the week will be up in Manhattan, Kansas, as the Wildcats will look to keep their unbeaten season going. This is probably the toughest test left on their schedule, as I expect them to struggle more here then against Texas in the final week of the season. Here’s the problem for Oklahoma State. The recipe for beating Kansas State is solid defense and containing quarterback Collin Klein. You can’t beat this team in a shootout, and that’s usually Ok State’s game plan. They will have to rachet up the defense, and I’m not sure they can do that to a level good enough to beat this Kansas State team. They look destined to run the table in the conference.
Kansas State moves to 9-0 with a 38-28 win.
#23 Texas (6-2) at #18 Texas Tech (6-2)- While it’s a matchup between two teams, it means little in the grand scheme of things as far as the Big-12 title race is concerned. No this game is more for state pride, and the potential for a marginally better bowl game. I like the Red Raiders in this one. Simply put, Texas has done nothing to impressive me so far, beating all their lesser opponents, but losing their two big games (West Virginia and Oklahoma). Meanwhile, Texas Tech has wins over West Virginia and a then ranked TCU under their belt. I’m almost tempted to call this game a blowout since it’s in Lubbock, but I’ll give the Longhorns a bit of respect in that regard.
Texas Tech wins 35-24.
The other three games appear to be straight forward. I like #12 Oklahoma (5-2) to get a solid win at Iowa State (5-3), #21 West Virginia (5-2) to bounce back with a win at home over TCU (5-3), and for Baylor (3-4) to hold serve at home against hopeless Kansas (1-7).
Well that wraps things up for our week in review. Do you think Kansas State is the #2 team in the nation? Is there a chance that Oklahoma State will upset them on Saturday? Let us know what you think in the comments!