Big 12 play is fully underway as every team has now played at least one conference game.
The question this week is, how good are the good offenses in this conference, and how bad is Kansas, Texas Tech and Baylor at defending the football? What will these good offenses do to these defenses? Baylor and Tech can make up for it with a good offense…Kansas? Not so much.
And what about the offenses? To put it into perspective, Missouri is 11th nationally with 517 yards per game, but is sixth in the Big 12. Wow!
How good is the Big 12? Five of the nation’s 15 undefeated teams are in the Big 12, the most of any conference with Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State a combined 20-0 and 27-3 (.900) record in non-conference play is the best among all conferences since 1996.
Rank Team Record Pts Last
1. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) (50) (1): Unanimous selection. Oklahoma dropped a spot in the national polls again, despite rolling Ball State 62-6 Saturday. Landry Jones threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns, Ryan Broyles set a Big 12 record and safety Tony Jefferson picked off passes on three straight possessions.
Ball State opened the game with a successful onside kick, but went three and out, but scored on their next two possessions and trailed 10-6 early in the second quarter before Oklahoma exploded with 28 points, leading 38-6 at halftime. Jefferson’s three interceptions set-up three scores in a matter of minutes to ignite the spree. Jones hit 64 and 56-yard bombs to Broyles, who caught 4 passes for 109 yards, and two TD’s, and in the process became the Big 12’s all-time leader in catches, and Jaz Reynolds in a minute span.
Oklahoma scored 52 unanswered points to end the game.
LINK: OU rolls Ball State
Box Score: OU 62, Ball State 6
2. Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0) (45) (2): Unanimous selection. Oklahoma State did not play last week, but got plenty of national attention as head coach Mike Gundy was on the set at ESPN. Oklahoma State’s offense might be the best in a conference that has plenty of offense.
3. Texas (4-0, 1-0) (40) (3): Unanimous selection. Many thought this was going to be a game as Iowa State was off to its best start since 2005. Wrong. Texas dominated, 37-14, jumping out to a 34-0 halftime lead.
Freshman David Ash, one of the two quarterbacks in the two-man rotation Mack Brown uses, threw for 145 yards and his first two career touchdown passes and Jaxon Shipley added 141 yards receiving and a TD for the Longhorns. Ash threw a 48-yard TD pass to Mike Davis and a 40-yard touchdown to Shipley, and Josh Turner took a blocked punt back 34 yards to help Texas blow the game open with a 21-point second quarter. Texas also picked off Steele Jantz and has forced at least two turnovers in every game this season.
Box Score: Texas 37, Iowa St 14
4. Kansas State (4-0, 1-0) (31) (7): Bill Snyder starts 4-0 for the 10th time in his tenure at Kansas State. The Cats are living on the edge this year with three dramatic fourth-quarter, come-from-behind wins.
See more here: Cats, Klein win late again
Box Score: K-State-Baylor Box Score
5. Texas A&M (2-2, 0-1) (29) (4): Texas A&M is a few minutes away from being a Top-10 team and an undefeated team. For the second straight game, the Aggies blew a big second half lead against a ranked team. Two weeks ago, the Aggies led Oklahoma State 20-3 at halftime before allowing 27 unanswered points in a 30-29 home loss. This time around, playing in what was to be a 10-game non-conference series, but now a preview of a likely SEC West rivalry, Arkansas rallied from a 35-17 halftime deficit for a 42-38 win. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 510 yards and A&M has given up 948 yards passing the last two weeks…Texas A&M hasn’t forced at turnover in 15 quarters, dating back to two first-quarter interceptions against SMU in the season opener on Sept. 4...Aggie running back Christine Michael ran for 230 yards…Arkansas’s Jarius Wright hauled in 13 balls for school-record 281 yards.
Box Score: Arkansas 42, Texas A&M 38
6. Missouri (2-2, 0-1) (28) (6): Missouri, who has lost two tough road games, got a much deserved break this week to get ready for Kansas State, their third ranked opponent in four games.
7. Baylor (3-1, 0-1) (22) (5): Baylor’s five scoring drives were less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds, Robert Griffin threw for five touchdown passes and Kendall Wright hauled in a school-record 201 receiving yards with three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to win at Kansas State Saturday, falling 36-35. Baylor has never won a Big 12 opener.
See more here: Cats, Klein win late again
Box Score: K-State-Baylor Box Score
8. Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0) (13) (9): Texas Tech, despite being undefeated after a 45-34 win at Kansas Saturday, when the Red Raiders rallied from an early 20-0 deficit, moves up just one spot. Tech is one of five remaining undefeated Big 12 schools and joins Houston as the only unranked undefeated teams nationally. Running back Eric Stephens rushed for 126 yards and quarterback Seth Doege threw for 368 yards and three touchdowns, two to Eric Ward (his second straight two-TD receiving game), in rallying the Red Raiders past Kansas.
9. Iowa State (3-1, 0-1) (12) (8): Iowa State trailed at home 34-0 at halftime in one of the most anticipated games EVER at Jack Trice Stadium. Not good. Down 13-0 Iowa State missed a field goal in their one and only shot to get back into the game in the second quarter. Iowa State scored two late touchdowns. Quarterback Steele Jantz threw another interception and now leads the Big 12 with seven. Turnovers have killed the Cyclones this year. They have forced five turnovers, lost six fumbles and thrown seven interceptions and are last nationally in turnover margin. They can’t continue to win putting up numbers like that.
Box Score: Texas 37, Iowa St 14
10. Kansas (2-2, 0-1) (5) (10): Unanimous selection. Kansas missed its best chance for a win the rest of the year in its 45-34 loss to Texas Tech. Kansas dominated Tech for a quarter, jumping out to a 20-0 lead before being outscored 45-14 the rest of the game. The running game looks like it is legit, but the defense continues to be the worst in the country, and could give up 120 points or more in the next two games to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
Performers of the Week
Robert Griffin III, Baylor: Griffin had his WORST game so far this year and still put up an excellent day (23-31, 346 yards, 5 TD, INT). He threw a crucial interception, his first since November 10, 2010, to set-up Kansas State’s winning field goal, in the 36-35 loss in Manhattan. But if this is his worst day, that tells you how awesome of a season he is having. Griffin has thrown 18 touchdowns and 20 incompletions on the season. He had a chance late to rally his team on a game-winning, Heisman-moment drive, though, and didn’t do it. Can’t be perfect all the time.
Honorable Mention: Landry Jones, Oklahoma (23-33, 425 yards, 5 TD, INT), Colin Klein, Kansas State (146 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 113 rush yards, 1 TD), Seth Doege (29-46-366-3 TD, 1 INT)
Christine Michael, Texas A&M: Michael rushed for 230 yards, the third most in school history, and the most since 1990. This is two games removed from Cyrus Gray’s nine-game 100-plus yard rushing streak. The 221-pounder scored on an accidental Statue of Liberty play, snatching the ball out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s hand for a 48-yard touchdown, one of his three on the day.
Eric Stephens, Texas Tech: Stephens notched his second straight 100-yard rushing game, with 124 yards on 26 carries with two touchdown and is averaging 117 yards per game and 5.7 yards per carry.
Honorable Mention: Dominique Whaley, Oklahoma (15-109-2), Brandon Bourbon, Kansas (10-101-1)
Kendall Wright, Baylor: Wright went off for 201 yards, three touchdowns and nine catches in Saturday’s loss to Kansas State. The 201 yards is a single-game receiving record at Baylor, where he already is the career receptions, yards and touchdowns leader at Baylor. Is Wright the best receiver in the Big 12? He is flat-out dominating this year.
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma: Broyles became the Big 12’s all-time leader in catches and hauled in two TD’s on 4 catches for 109 yards Saturday. He needs one more touchdown and 509 more yards to become the Big 12’s career leader in those categories, too. Broyles has 5 TD’s in the last two games.
Jaxson Shipley, Texas: McCoy to Shipley? Yes, its not a mistake, its real. Case McCoy to Jaxson Shipley is becoming a staple item down in Austin. Shipley had a career-best 141 receiving yards on six catches and touchdown. With the quarterback situation under control (albeit, two of them), the Texas offense has progressed ahead of expectations this year and Shipley is a benefactor.
Honorable Mention: Jaz Reynolds, Oklahoma (5-141-2 TD), Eric Ward (4-71-2 TD)
This week’s Game’s
11 Texas vs. 3 Oklahoma, 11 am at Cotton Bowl (ABC), Dallas, Texas, Texas State Fairground: Texas leads all-time series 59-41-5…Five of the past seven years, the winner of the Red River Rivalry has won the Big 12 and Saturday will be the fifth time since 2000 that the two have met as unbeatens…The favored team (Oklahoma this year) has won all but once since 1996…Last season, Texas completed 23 percent of its passes of longer than 25 yards and 2-of-7 this year. Since Garrett Gilbert lost his starting job (and will now transfer), Texas’ two-headed quarterback, Case McCoy and David Ash have combined to complete 6 of 7 passes longer than 25 yards…Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones completes just less than 66 percent of his passes inside the pocket. Outside the pocket, he completes just more than 51 percent, throwing interceptions on 5.4 percent of his passes, compared to 2.0 inside the pocket.This season, Jones has completed 74 percent of his passes inside the pocket, compared to 36 percent outside the pocket. Two of his five interceptions have come outside the pocket, and none of his 10 touchdowns. Jones is completing 84.2 percent of his passes out of the pistol formation and has a passer rating of 224.2 in the formation.
Kansas @ Oklahoma State, 2:30 pm NO TV: Oklahoma State hasn’t started 5-0 since 1944-45…Kansas scored 26 touchdowns in 2010. This season, it has 20 through four games…Oklahoma State has won six of the past seven meetings with Kansas, but all seven have been decided by double digits, with Kansas’ win coming in their magical 2007 season…Kansas is dead-last in the nation in scoring defense (44.6) and near the bottom in every other defensive category, while Oklahoma State is third nationally in yards (571), second in passing (429.5), and sixth in scoring (46.8), so it could get ugly…KU’s offense should keep them in the game early. They are 26th in yards, 11th in rushing and averages 36 points per game…Kansas quarterback Jordan Webb is second in the Big 12 in passer rating, even after his three interceptions last week.
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Iowa State @ 25 Baylor, 6 pm (FSKC): Baylor’s 28 scoring drives this season average 1:48 in total game time elapsed…Baylor is the only team in the nation averaging at least 300 yards passing and 200 yards rushing this season…This appears to have the makings of a blowout. Baylor sports a Top 5 offense, Top 10 passing offense, a Top 30 rushing offense and is fourth in scoring nationally against an Iowa State team that is dead last nationally in turnover margin and is not built to be in a shootout or come from behind.
Missouri @ 20 Kansas State, 2:30 p.m. (ABC): Missouri has won five straight in the series and the last two in Manhattan…Missouri has beaten Kansas State 60 times, the most wins over a single opponent in school history…Kansas State is looking for their first 5-0 start since 2000…Kansas State is 9-0 against Missouri as a ranked team…Missouri is playing their third ranked team in four games, all on the road…Missouri hasn’t won a true road game against a ranked team since a 51-50 2 OT win at Stillwater over Oklahoma State in 1997…K-State quarterback Colin Klein is fourth in the Big 12 in rushing and second nationally as a quarterback (behind Michigan’s Denard Robinson), averaging 105 yards per game…Missouri’s Henry Josey leads the conference in rushing (533 yards) and is averaging 13.3 yards per carry the last three games and 12.4 for the season…Missouri is the only team in the nation averaging over 250 passing yards and rushing yards per game…the game will be played on Bill Snyder’s 72nd birthday.
24 Texas A&M @ Texas Tech, 6 pm (FX): Tech is an 8.5-point underdog at home in a rivalry game featuring two of the worst defenses in the conference…Texas Tech’s forte is passing, and Texas A&M has allowed nearly 1,000 yards passing the last two games…We will know much more about Texas Tech after this game, 1 of 2 undefeated, unranked teams, but a win could get the Red Raiders into the Top 25…Texas A&M tends to struggle in Lubbock…the Red Raiders are seventh in the FBS with 525.0 yards per game, and they are among the nation’s best in red-zone conversions, scoring 22 of 23 times inside the 20-yard line…The Aggies’ run defense yields just 63.0 yards per game — fifth in FBS — but is among the worst in the nation in red-zone defense, with its opponents scoring 13 of 14 times in those situations…The Aggies’ rushing attack is ranked 15th in the country with 223.8 yards per game…The Aggies lead the all-time series 36-32-1.