We are headed into week six of the college football season and the Big 12 once again provided plenty of drama over the weekend. Personally, I learned three things on Saturday about our conference; Texas isn't back, TCU is out the playoff picture, and Iowa State is better than they were last year. This week brings us byes for Baylor and WVU, the Red River Shootout, and a huge test for the Red Raiders on the road. I said two weeks ago the Big 12 is wide open for the taking and I still believe that is a reality.
Baylor - Off
BU squeaked by Iowa State with a field goal as time expired to avoid an embarrassing loss. Baylor is off this week and then will play Kansas to continue what is the weakest schedule any Big 12 school has played to date.
Kansas vs TCU - Saturday 11:00
Playing against KU will be a great way for the Horned Frogs to get back on track. Last weekend TCU couldn't complete the comeback against OU and now find themselves with two losses. Both losses have been against quality opponents and while I did not, many out there felt TCU would still be undefeated in week six. Actually, TCU is right where I thought they would be, but I was wrong about the how and why. I thought their offense would struggle without Boykin and Doctson, but it turns out the offense is good enough and the defense is struggling.
Kansas State vs Texas Tech - Saturday 6:00
I don't like the fact KSU lost a heart breaker to WVU over the weekend. It scares me to think Coach Bill Snyder will have his team super prepared and focused for Tech's visit to Manhattan. Check back with VTM throughout the week for more analysis and game predictions.
Iowa State @ Oklahoma State - Saturday 2:30
ISU proved last weekend that they are improved and I think they will win two or three conference games this year. This could be a trap game for OSU coming off a great win over the Longhorns. I think OSU wins this one, but if ISU is able to hang around late in the game then anything could happen.
Oklahoma vs Texas - 11:00
This is a big game every year for fans of college football and usually it has some sort of national implications. This year it very well could be two coaches trying to save their jobs. I am in no way suggesting that Bob Stoops' seat is as hot as Charlie Strong's, but it is warmer than it has been in a while. Man it feels like a couple of weeks ago everyone was declaring "Texas is back". Oh wait that was a couple of weeks ago. Give me OU blowing out Texas with a very nervous Charlie Strong to boot.
West Virginia - Off
WVU will enjoy their week off sitting undefeated at 4-0 then will travel to Lubbock. Will that be then end of the undefeated season?