BIG XII MONDAY

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Truthfully, this may have been the most anti-climatic college football weekend ever. Outside of Florida State surviving(once again mind you) at home against Boston College, every game was truly uninteresting. In the realm of the Big XII Kansas State at West Virginia was as anticipated, Baylor crushed Oklahoma State, Texas Tech escaped Iowa State, and Oklahoma’s Perine broke the 1 week old single-game rushing record while bowling over Kansas.

Big XII Fastbreak

As basketball goes3162673909_a31031cb85_qthe Big XII was very impressive in their opening two weeks. Texas won the 2K Classic, West Virgina won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and a very good Kansas ran into the super team that calls themselves Kentucky. With an outstanding record of 29-4 to open the season, the Big XII has made an early statement to the NCAA committee that they are here and will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the season. One of the biggest news out of the basketball side of things is Texas losing one of its best players, Isaiah Tayler, with a broken wrist. He will not have surgery, but will miss some significant time and we will see how Texas handles this. Tayler is one of the best point guards in the country and makes a huge difference when he on the court. Surprised that I led with basketball? As exciting as the football race has 4391715655_45a7208642_qbeen, just wait till January when conference play begins. This is always the hardest to rank in the beginning, but hopefully like College Football Playoff, it will begin to sort itself out.

Big XII Basketball Rankings

  1. #7 Texas Longhorns (4-0, 0-0)
  2. #11 Kansas Jayhawks (1-1, 0-0)
  3. #13 Iowa State Cyclones (2-0, 0-0)
  4. #21 West Virginia Mountaineers (5-0 , 0-0)
  5. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0, 0-0)8184457063_a1bfff3f55_q
  6. Baylor Bears (3-0, 0-0)
  7. TCU Horned Frogs (3-0, 0-0)(Shocker!!)
  8. Oklahoma Sooners (2-1, 0-0)
  9. Kansas State Wildcats (2-1, 0-0)
  10. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0)

Why Not Us? Baylor Edition

14011525234_0eed2c0f04_qBaylor has to bee looking at that game in Morgantown and asking what could have been. They came from 21 down in the 4th quarter to beat TCU and then promptly stumbled. Haunting may the proper word concerning this team, yet they have slowly began to gain the momentum back. For the first time since that game, Baylor has moved back ahead of TCU in the polls(AP) and deservedly so. I love TCU, but let’s be real: Is there a team playing better in the Big XII and outside of Alabama nationally than Baylor? “Well what about their weak non-conference schedule?” Enough people. List the top teams Alabama beat non-conference outside of West Virginia? What about Oregon, Florida State, and Mississippi State? Anyone care to make a solid, strong defense for those top 4? They ALL play cupcakes and the biggest prime example of that is the annual SEC “cupcake week”. They take advantage of their schedule and it gives them an extra win at the end of the year,  but does that hurt them? Does anyone complain about their non-conference schedule? No in fact they praise how great the team is. Kirk Herbstriet had the “gall” and “audacity” to call them out on it and what did he get as a prize: trolls and outrage that he would make such a statement. I stand completely behind Herbie on this. Baylor deserves every bit of recognition as well and the chance at a spot in the playoff. If TCU goes to Texas and loses this week,4528052913_c5fec40c6d_qdoes that not make Baylor’s win look that much better? They have beat every team that TCU has played by a much larger margin and beat TCU as well. Do I think less of the Horned Frogs now? Absolutely not,  but I totally get Baylor’s stance on this issue. It’s their time, and they will be Big XII Champions.

Big XII Spread

427. That is the new magic number and standard in College Football for rushing. 8184457007_4875eec3e2_qSamaje Perine, Freshman, found every seam and block as he rushed his way into the history books. Oklahoma, behind Perine, rolled Kansas 44-7 and looked back into form. You have to ask why didn’t the Sooners run more and often earlier during the year. It could have made a huge difference…Kansas State escaped the tough as always away game against West Virginia Thursday night, 26-20. The game was not as close as the score1377056148_960ff4c983_qindicates, but it shows the heart that West Virginia plays with each week. Kansas State should have an easy time with their in-state rivals before they take on Baylor in their final game of the year…Texas Tech, behind their rushing game, pulled out a victory against Iowa State, 34-31. Mahomes has been a difference maker since he has taken over the starting job at quarterback and 2925594474_a5d6b75903_qcontinues to progress. I give Texas Tech 2 years before they make noise again. Iowa State continued to struggle and I don’t see another victory on their schedule. So onto to basketball?…Baylor, as mentioned above crushed Oklahoma State, 49-28, and looked as solid as they have all year. Oklahoma State4981884432_4c72129e7e_q burned the redshirt of their Freshman QB Mason Rudolph and had their biggest offensive output in weeks. The only question I have is this: why burn it now with 3 games left?

Big XII Football Rankings

  1. #5 Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1)
  2. #6 TCU Horned Frogs (9-1, 6-1)
  3. #11 Kansas State Wildcats (8-2, 6-1)8184456985_21ae2e40aa_q
  4. #20 Oklahoma Sooners (8-3, 5-3)
  5. Texas Longhorns (6-5, 5-3)
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-5, 4-4)
  7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-7, 2-6)
  8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-6, 3-5)
  9. Kansas Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7)
  10. Iowa State Cyclones (2-8, 0-7)

Big XII Schedule

  • #6 TCU @ Texas Thursday 6:30 p.m.***
  • West Virginia @ Iowa State 11:00 a.m.
  • #5 Baylor @ Texas Tech *AT&T Stadium* 2:30 p.m.
  • Kansas @ #11 Kansas State 3:00 p.m.
  • Byes: Oklahoma State, #20 Oklahoma

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