Big 12 Roundup | Baylor Continues to Steamroll; Oklahoma St. and Oklahoma Win

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Baylor steamrolls Iowa St., Oklahoma and Oklahoma St. both win, in ugly fashion and the entire Big 12 will play this week.

The teams that were favored won, so no real surprises this week. Also, we get all ten teams in action this week, which it has been a while since that's been the case. Texas and Kansas St. are both off of bye weeks and I still can't believe that K-State is winless in the Big 12. Also, as much as Texas Tech's schedule is back-loaded, I'm thinking that Baylor's is even more back-loaded as they get Kansas this week, and then have to play Oklahoma, Texas Tech, @ Oklahoma St., @ TCU, and ending with Texas. Not much easier for Texas Tech, but there is a dangerous K-State team coming up in two games.

Our Daily Bears (Baylor Bears)
What Happened: Iowa St. 7, Baylor 71
Up Next: @ Kansas
Three years ago, Baylor fans mobbed the field after a lightning delayed game against Kansas State that finally ended our bowl drought. The picture of Robert Griffin holding up a newspaper became an enduring symbol of the Baylor turnaround. Two years ago, we celebrated bowl eligibility after a dramatic comeback in Lawrence with Robert Griffin leading the way, in what would become the best Baylor season in a generation. Last year, after a midseason swoon in which we dropped 5 of 6, we took down #1 Kansas State to earn a bowl berth once again, with the fans streaming onto the field to celebrate. Now, we're 6-0 and nobody really cares because there are bigger goals. Just making a bowl game isn't enough. This team wants a Championship, Big 12 or otherwise. (Link)

Wide Right & Natty Lite (Iowa St. Cyclones)
What Happened: Iowa St. 7, Baylor 71
Up Next: Oklahoma St.
Pros: Kirby Van Der Kamp upped his already stellar NFL draft stock. Cons: Everything else. (Link)

Rock Chalk Talk (Kansas Jayhawks)
What Happened: Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19
Up Next: Baylor
The Jayhawks appeared ready to go for the battle against Oklahoma, coming out strong in the first quarter only to be stifled by lackluster offense for the remaining three quarters. In a change of the emerging theme for the year, the early offense was fueled by the ground game and James Sims. After the defense forced a punt on OU's first drive, the offense marched down the field on a 10 play, 70 yard drive. Sims gained 63 yards on his own and with the rest gained by two Jake Heaps completions, one to Josh Ford for 6 yards and a 1 yard touchdown pass to Jimmay Mundine. The offense continued to have some life following the Sooners second failed possession, gaining 34 yards before being forced to punt it back to the Sooners. The opponents were beginning to wake up though, as they moved from their own 7 to the Jayhawk 32 before fumbling the ball which resulted in a recovery by the Jayhawks. A Darrian Miller run of 38 yards put Kansas in great position to extend the lead early in the second quarter. Following a somewhat questionable defensive pass interference, the Jayhawks scored again on a Sims run of 11 yards. But because we are Kansas football fans, we can't have nice things. Matthew Wyman missed the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 13-0 and foreshadowing what was to come over the next three quarters of play. On OU's second drive of the quarter, they drove 55 yards for their first touchdown of the day. On the following possession, Charlie Weis inserted freshman Montel Cozart at quarterback because he is Charlie Weis. Following a holding penalty, a couple rushing plays that lost yards, and a blocked punt resulting in a safety the Jayhawks found the lead cut to five points and kicking from the 20. A trick play resulting in a 49 yard touchdown put the Sooners up for good in the game. (Link)

Bring On The Cats (Kansas St. Wildcats)
What Happened: Bye
Up Next: West Virginia

Crimson and Cream Machine (Oklahoma Sooners)
What Happened: Oklahoma 34, Kansas 19
Up Next: Texas Tech
If there was any doubt before (which there really shouldn't have been), there's none now. Oklahoma's best chance for offensive success is to use their quarterback and running backs to pound the ball at their opponents. It worked in the five games leading up to the Texas game and it worked in the game after. While this isn't a rehash of last week's criticism it is the evidence needed to prove that the Sooners should have never abandoned the rush. The game didn't start out very positive for the Sooners, on either side of the ball, against Kansas. Oklahoma's first two drives ended with a punt before a Keith Ford fumble killed the third possession, resulting in Kansas taking a 7-0 at the end of the first. Just eleven seconds into the second quarter the Jayhawks expanded their lead to 13-0 when James Sims ran it in from eleven yards out. Oklahoma finally got the ball moving consistently with their second possession of the quarter, sparked by a pass interference penalty and a Damien Williams 14-yard run. Facing third and twelve from the Kansas sixteen, Blake Bell hit Jaz Reynolds in stride for a touchdown strike to put the Sooners on the board. Oklahoma's next possession was a one-play drive in which Lacolton Bester took the ball on a receiver end-around and then hit Sterling Shepard down the sideline on a perfect 49-yard touchdown pass. The play was set up by putting the receiver in motion multiple times and in one drive we witnessed more creativity within the offense than we had seen through the first six games. (Link)

Cowboys Ride For Free (Oklahoma St. Cowboys)
What Happened: TCU 10, Oklahoma St. 24
Up Next: @ Iowa St.
So everyone got excited when Choo Choo got another shot. I was excited to see what he could do, not that Walsh wasn't doing. You see, with just a little effort and the DVR, it was easy to determine that Walsh got yanked for one mistake. ONE. The interception in the end zone. And I don't want to hear about dink and dunk bullshit. The ball got thrown down the field. Plenty. The first drive of the game demonstrated who was ready to make plays and that Tracy Moore has a case of the "Blake Jackson" hands. After 4 straight completions to Josh Stewart, Walsh rolled left, set up, and heaved a PERFECT bomb 56 yards in the air to Moore. Moore horribly short arms this catch on what would have been a TD. Everyone who wants to bitch about Walsh's arm can shut it right now. Walsh is not the problem. TCU blew up the next play, a screen pass to Smith. On 3rd and 10, Walsh was hit as he released the ball, resulting in an errant throw and interception... (Link)

Burnt Orange Nation (Texas Longhorns)
What Happened: Bye
Up Next: @ TCU

Barking Carnival (Texas Longhorns)
What Happened: Bye
Up Next: @ TCU

Frogs O War (TCU Horned Frogs)
What Happened: TCU 10, Oklahoma St. 24
Up Next: Texas
We got a delay of game penalty. Down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter with only one time out,less than five minutes left and the clock ticking we got a delay of game penalty. You have 40 seconds after a player is ruled down to run your next play, and with less than five minutes left in the game TCU did not accomplish it. I can analyze TCU's defensive effort- how late in the game the Frogs started to get frustrated and sloppy after spending the entire game on the field. I could explain why TCU would be better served running North/South with Waymon James and Northeast/Northwest B.J. Catalon and Aaron Green. I could tell you that it was incredibly foolish to not go back to LaDarius Brown until things got desperate in that same less-that-five-minutes-left-drive when he had made four great catches in a single series. I can look back and try and determine which of Trevone Boykin's picks were his fault and which ones were dictated by coverage or pressure or miscommunication, but right now it's hard to feel like there's a point to it. When every iota of your being should be screaming hurry up offense, the TCU offense got a delay of game penalty for wasting a tenth of the time left in the game between snaps. How can you analyze that? You can only say there need to be changes on the offensive side of the ball, and it should start with the two men upstairs in the offensive coordinator chairs. If they're gone you can talk about areas for growth, things the frogs did well (there were some) and reasons to look ahead to the next game more favorably. As it is right now, there are less than five minutes left in the game and TCU got a delay of game penalty. What more needs to be said? (Link)

The Smoking Musket (West Virginia Mountaineers)
What Happened: Texas Tech 37, West Virginia 27
Up Next: @ Kansas St.
The schizophrenic West Virginia Mountaineers were their normal abnormal selves on Saturday as they lost a hard-fought 37-27 game to The Texas Tech Red Raiders in a rainy Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown - their first home loss of the year. In a loss that will stick with Mountaineer fans for awhile as one that got away, WVU at least demonstrated that the embarrassment at Baylor was an aberration and it's reasonable to expect competitive play for the rest of Big 12 play - at least in Morgantown. West Virginia dropped their first home tilt of the year after fighting their way out of an early 13-0 deficit but then tying it up at the half in the midst of a 27-3 run that saw them take an 11 point lead in the 3rd quarter. During the stretch the Mountaineer offense looked as organized and balanced as it has all year with Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith providing a formidable 1 - 2 punch out of the backfield and Clint Trickett connecting on a couple key long passes but mostly hitting on high-percentage throws that kept the chains moving. Smith had his most productive day as a Mountaineer, finishing with 89 yards on 16 carries and a pair of scores. Sims 77 yards on 15 carries were impressive as well and he added 7 catches for 32 yards and a TD. Unfortunately it was when WVU DIDN'T run in this game that will stick with people. After using an effective run game to set up manageable 2nd and 3rd down situations throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters, WVU mysteriously abandoned the ground attack as Texas Tech surged and instead turned to Trickett and the air game, resulting in erratic results and several 3rd and longs. (Link)

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