A look at the rest of the Big 12 after week 12 and some initial thoughts on Texas Tech taking on Baylor.
Date | November 24, 2012
So this is what it feels like on the first morning where you just don't care. I kinda hate it. I actually have a very busy week despite the fact that it's a short work week and that stinks. If I don't get to one of the staples from this week then I hope you understand. I'll write something, but I probably won't write as much as I normally write.
I've read that Baylor opened up as a 1 point favorite. The team that has a .500 record is a 1 point favorite. So it's essentially a pick 'em game. Baylor can become bowl eligible with a win. Texas Tech is playing not to be embarrassed. Who wants it more?
After thinking about yesterday's post, I think that Tuberville will still be the head coach in 2013. I do not like typing out that last sentence. No inside information, just a feeling that he's not going anywhere. I don't know what to think about that and I guess I'll have an entire
winger winter (Winger should have been capitalized. Headed For A Heartbreak is so appropriate.), spring and summer to figure it out. I'm still uninspired, I'll continue to write, but I don't know what it will be.
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Our Daily Bears (Baylor Bears): The impact of this game will be felt across the country for years. The National Championship race is completely different. The Heisman race is completely different. The entire scope of college football in the 2012 season is different. Because the 4-5 Baylor Bears shocked the world. Because the much-maligned Baylor defense shook itself off, planted its flag, and absolutely shut down one of the best quarterbacks and offenses in the country. The Heisman was lost tonight because Baylor made it so. I've never seen a Baylor team play like that, and they deserve tremendous credit for their performance. Gentlemen, you were outstanding. (Link)
Wide Right & Natty Lite (Iowa St. Cyclones): Another game, another QB. Redshirt freshman Sam Richardson was just what the doctor ordered for the Iowa State offense as he completed 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding another 43 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The most impressive characteristic Richardson had was that he was able to read through his progressions and spread the ball around to just about every receiver on the roster. The impressive debut by Richardson was certainly helped by the Cyclones putting up 251 yards rushing between 11 rushers, highlighted by Jeff Woody's 9 carries for 89 yards. It's easy to suggest that's it's just Kansas, but the Jayhawk defense is actually pretty decent at home, giving up an average of 20.3 points at home in Big 12 games. (Link)
Bring On The Cats (Kansas St. Wildcats): Outplayed, outcoached, outmanned. It was horrible. But you know what? It happens. It even happens to national champions sometimes. I think we all know what really happened here. A team and coaching staff looking ahead despite their protestations. An opposing defensive coordinator who we all should have expected would have a gameplan to exploit our head coach's tendencies. The cover of that damned magazine. Yes, I know it's the worst defeat ever suffered by a BCS number one team, and the first time number one's been beaten by an unranked team or a below-.500 team, and it's just horrible and embarrassing. Whatever. Guys, we still have an excellent team. All we have to do is beat Texas to guarantee a BCS bowl, and it might even still result in a miracle. We're back to being the underdog, and that's where we excel. Let's summon up the energy and optimism to change the world. Or something. (Link)
Crimson and Cream Machine (Oklahoma Sooners): On a night when the Oklahoma defense could do nothing right, the offense came through with a historic performance of their own. And not just from the statistical perspective, but that game winning drive was a first for both Landry Jones and Bob Stoops. Given the circumstances, an ultimately meaningless game in a game that never should have been that close to begin with, it's difficult to call it a career defining drive, yet that's exactly what if felt like. Only adding to the "legend" were the postgame comments from Josh Heupel where he revealed the final touchdown throw from Jones to Stills, on that quick slant, was a result of an audible called on the field by Jones. For all of the criticism lobbed at Jones throughout his time in Norman, some of it deserved more of it not so much, to make and execute a call like that, in that moment, was incredibly impressive. I suspect there will be a number of OU fans too far gone to give him the credit he deserves here, but those people were never going to be impressed no matter what he did. (Link)
Cowboys Ride For Free (Oklahoma St. Cowboys): In 2011, it was "Lacerations in Lubbock." 2012 turned out to be "Stitches in Stillwater." If anyone (me) thought Tech would show up at BPS with ANY kind of chip on their shoulder from last year's debacle, then they (me) were sadly mistaken. If the Cowboys had so desired, they could have matched their point total from last season. Maybe even exceeded it. It was a tale of two halves...that is, two different halves from the Cowboys. Almost all Chelf to Anderson (who was 1 horrible drop short of a 4 TD, 200+ yard performance) in the first 2 quarters, then OSU went the entire 2nd half without completing a pass. Didn't need to. Still outscored Tech 24-7. That's an evisceration. In a season where the Cowboys have constantly lost the turnover battle, they won it EMPHATICALLY on Saturday. In a season where special teams (other than Quinn Sharp) had been less than stellar, OSU got 2 blocked punts, with 1 returned for a TD when the game was already decided. In a season where the defensive line's pass rush was missing at times, Seth Doege was running for his life. (Link)
Burn Orange Nation (Texas Longhorns): Playing on Turkey Day.
Frogs O War (TCU Horned Frogs): Playing on Turkey Day.
The Smoking Musket (West Virginia Mountaineers): Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all? When you lose it doesn’t feel that way. But tonight WVU got its MOJO back in a big way. We may have lost, but we played a great game and Tavon Austin is the gift that keeps on giving. What a treat to see him play. Tonight we witnessed the greatest single game, individual performance in West Virginia football history. With the loss we fall to 5-5 and 8-5 sounds like a great season in Morgantown. And if we can keep our intensity as high as it was tonight, there is no reason we don’t win the last three games. (Link)