Oklahoma State University (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) was first to kick off a victory in the Big 12 this past weekend as they triumphed in a 24-10 victory over TCU (3-4, 1-3 Big 12). Despite the victory though the Cowboys are still trying to resolve their quarterback situation which has proven inconsistent overall.
OSU quarterback, J.W. Walsh, started the game for the Cowboys, but was quickly replaced after the sophomore threw his second interception of the first half. He was replaced by Clint Chelf who while not great was more able to lead his team to a W while completing 10 of 25 passes for 178 yards with only one interception. In the first half Chelf helped lead OSU build a 17-0 run before going into the locker rooms. However, some would have called OSU’s wide receiver, Josh Stewart, the best player on the field seeing that he had 141 yards receiving and a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown.
TCU was playing the same card on Saturday making the switch from their starting quarterback, Trevone Boykin to redshirt freshman Tyler Matthews in the first half. TCU coach Gary Patterson was apparently fed up when falling behind 17-0. Before Boykin was replaced he was 5 of 13 for 27 yards with two interceptions. Even though Tyler Matthews was ready to prove himself it just didn’t work out as the freshmen proved to be even more inconsistent. In the end, Boykin returned back to the game in the second half, but still continued to struggle. Overall OSU did not play well, but TCU’s lack of play was worse which resulted in their fall.
Truckin’ along with a great season Texas Tech Raiders (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) to still remain undefeated with a 37-27 victory. The Raiders lived up to their name as they “Raided” back late in the game to win what looked like was going to be an upset by the Mountaineers.
The Red Raiders’ freshmen quarterback, Davis Webb became the first Texas Tech freshmen to throw more than 400 yards in his first two starting games. In this game Webb was 36 of 50 for 462 passing yards. Tech was struggling a bit in maintaining momentum after leading 13-0 in the second quarter to then allow the Mountaineers to tie up the game before half-time 13-13. Then in the third quarter it looked as though West Virginia was just going to run away with the win when they led 27-16. However, the tide turned and the Raiders’ stomped back to score 21 unanswered points as West Virginia was unable to generate any kind of effective offense for the rest of the game.
West Virginia quarterback, Clint Trickett was 27 of 43 for 254 yards and despite his efforts to give Tech their first loss this season he proved to be just a little bit too inconsistent. As mentioned the Mountaineers did steam ahead in the second half and their running game was proving to be effective against the Big 12’s top rush defense, but it just wasn’t enough.
After a disappointing loss for the Sooners last weekend Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) did what it does best and bounced back to beat Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) in a 34-19 victory. At first glance it looked as though Oklahoma was going to have a tough time on the field seeing that they were down 13-0 early in the second quarter, but if you did you shouldn’t have counted OU out. The Sooners’ went on to make twenty-five unanswered points to give them a 25-13 lead in the third quarter. Oklahoma’s quarterback, Blake Bell, was 15 of 25 for 131 yards with two touchdowns.
On the other side of the field things just did not fair too well for the Jayhawks. Kansas’ quarterback, Jake Heaps, was 5 of 13 for 16 yards passing. This was the fewest yards thrown for Kansas since a loss to Nebraska in 2010. Despite the passing game from the Jayhawks, there did appear to be some positive things going for the team, but the team was just unable to hold onto the ball at certain times. Unfortunately for the Jayhawks things are just not looking good for the program right now as they just can’t defeat a Big 12 team this season.
At first glance you might think that the score represents the outcome of a basketball game, but what can we say Baylor likes to do it “Big.” The Baylor Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) cruised past Iowa State (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) in an almost blowout victory of 71-7 in Waco, TX. Baylor’s quarterback, Bryce Petty, had the Bears’ offense tallying up points at a higher rate than a point per minute again. Petty was 23 of 31 for 343 yards with two touchdowns. With this win the Bears have now achieved their fourth 70-point game of the season. Baylor was also just shy of blowing out the Cyclones, but Iowa was able to hold some dignity when they were finally able to score late in the fourth quarter. At this point it is safe to say that Baylor is a very complete team.
A lot of people were expecting more from Iowa State seeing that they were competitive against both Texas and Texas Tech, but the only thing Iowa proved is how strong Baylor’s football team truly is right now. Iowa State continues to struggle this season and with their remaining schedule it’s not going to be getting any easier.
In this coming week nine for the Big 12 fans will be delighted to watch five games instead of the usual four that have been showing for the past couple of weeks. The most anticipated games this weekend will be between the undefeated Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Christian University.
Sportsbooks are favoring OU to serve the Red Raiders with their first loss this season. While we think it could prove to be a close game and only because OU will hold home field advantage, we believe Texas Tech will upset the Sooners and continue on with their undefeated season. OU has shown some vulnerabilities in their offense and rush defense and Tech should be able to replicate what a weaker Texas Longhorn team did in the Red River Rivalry game last weekend.
The TCU Horned Frogs are favored by a slim margin of three points. However, we believe that if Texas continues to show its renewed vigor this season after showing early signs of weakness early on the Longhorns should be able to win by at least seven points at TCU. TCU has shown the ability to play ball against some of Big 12’s best programs already this season, but if their offense runs like it did this past weekend against OSU it will result in a failed attempt to win against another Big 12 team.
As for the other three matchups this weekend we feel that the stronger teams will achieve their expected victories. That is we expect OSU to continue the demoralization of Iowa State’s program this season, West Virginia to take a fall to Kansas State, and the Baylor Bears to possibly induce their opponent to forfeit.
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