Big XII Monday Round-Up

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This week I am going to try to change-up the format a little bit, especially with basketball season looming. I hope you enjoy the new format and would love to hear feedback either way. With that being said, lets rock n roll.

Game of the Week: TCU-58 at Baylor-61

TCU rolled into Baylor this week riding high off their upset of then-ranked #4 Oklahoma looking to prove to the pollsters t
4528052913_c5fec40c6d_qhey were here to stay. The Horned Frogs claimed one of the best defenses along with a budding, prolific offense to back it up. Baylor, coming off an offense letdown against Texas, wanted to stop all the talk about who they had played and not played. One of the few games around the nation featuring two top-ten teams lived up to its high anticipation as both teams came out with an offensive explosion and something to prove. TCU opened up the game grabbing a quick 14-0 lead and catching the Baylor Bears off guard a little bit with their offensive improvement. Baylor responded with 10 points of their own and it was at this point you knew this would be a game to remember. Both teams had boasted great defenses, each ranking in the top 25 at this time, and both were being exposed early and often. TCU’s “top 5″ defense was being exploited in a way that most are not used to seeing from a Gary Patterson coached team. Deep pass after deep pass left TCU trying to pick up the pieces and hold on to every lead the offense would hand them.14011525234_0eed2c0f04_q Baylor’s improved defense truthfully played well and held TCU down when it absolutely needed to. To their credit, Special Teams and some turnovers put them in tough situations and added points that they had nothing to do with. Bryce Petty was not ready to give up on their national title hopes and played like a Heisman contender all day long. After keeping it within one score all day, Baylor fell behind by 21 points with 11:38 left in the ball game. Fans flooded the exits and started heading home feeling defeat imminently at their season’s doorstep. Petty had just thrown a pick 6 and it felt like the game was done…oops. Baylor fans should have known and be aware of the fact that this offense can score faster than a politician waffling on Capitol Hill.  Petty picked apart TCU and scored the final 24 points with the defense making critical third down stops. Give much credit to Baylor and the resiliency they showed falling behind so far to a good TCU team. Baylor won a well deserved game and most possibly the game of the year in all of college football. We learned that this TCU defense is not nearly as dominant as teams in the past, yet their offense will lead them to more wins than losses. I expect Patterson to improve his defense next week against Oklahoma State and TCU to finish very strong. Baylor looks absolutely terrifying for the rest of the country and I believe most will be pulling for Oklahoma come November. I declare it now: Baylor are the new kings of Big XII football.

Red River Rivalry

Bob Stoops is amazing coming off a loss and normally it is a dominant8184457007_4875eec3e2_qdisplay. Texas is struggling offensively and relies on their great defense far too often. Recipe for disaster and yet it was another compelling rivalry game. Texas may have pulled off the upset if it wasn’t for the 14 points spotted by special teams/pick 6 to the Sooners in the first half. Oklahoma struggled against this defense and I figure most teams will from now on. I have never been that impressed with Trevor Knight and he proved that point even more with his performance Saturday Morning. If you eliminate Oklahoma’s great running game, you can absolutely beat this team and3162673909_a31031cb85_q Texas proved that. Texas has found some offensive hope though in the loss. Tyrone Swoopes seemed to make some forward progress as he started to use his legs more and more. This offense has been stale and predictable, and by loosening up the “reins” a bit proved to be very worth while for the Longhorns. Texas made a furious comeback in the final quarter and truthfully, just ran out of time, falling 31-26. Oklahoma secured its running for the Big XII title with this victory and Baylor’s win over TCU.

Around the League

There were plenty of great games around the conference 2925594474_a5d6b75903_qSaturday outside of the 119 points scored in Waco. Texas Tech hosted West Virginia in what turned out to be a thriller. Texas Tech controlled the game and looked right for the first time all year…until the fourth quarter. Davis Webb looked comfortable for the most part and when that happens, Tech becomes harder to beat. Yet bad Webb appeared and they reverted back to the same struggles and issues they have dealt with all season. West Virginia rallied from 17 down to defeat Tech on a last-second 55 yard field goal and escaped Lubbock with another Big XII win, 37-34. Oklahoma State somehow 4981884432_4c72129e7e_qsurvived Kansas in Lawrence and each passing week has to make OSU fans more concerned. This is a Kansas team that has no offense and an average defense and OSU only wins 27-20. These last three weeks should have been easy blow-out wins, yet they seem to play down to competition which is a trait of young, inexperienced teams. Unless Gundy creates more consistency within this team, these last 6 games may not end well. Iowa State is fading and don’t let anyone fool you.8184457063_a1bfff3f55_q I have to admit I bought into the stock and it has proven to be fool’s gold. I love the Rhodes/Mangino combination that is currently in Ames, but I don’t love beating Toledo by seven and escaping 37-30. Iowa State does have a future and it shows promise every year. They could go 3-0 every year the next 5 years, but unless they win and begin to defeat quality teams consistently, I will continue sell their stock.

Big XII Rankings – Week 7

  1. #4 Baylor Bears (6-0, 3-0)
  2. #11 Oklahoma Sooners (5-1, 2-1)
  3. #12 TCU Horned Frogs (4-1, 1-1)
  4. # 14 Kansas State Wildcats (4-1, 2-0)
  5. # 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-1, 3-0)
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-2, 2-1)
  7. Texas Longhorns (2-4, 1-2)
  8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-4, 0-3)
  9. Iowa State Cyclones (2-4, 0-3)
  10. Kansas Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3)

Big XII Schedule – Week 8

  • Kansas State @ Oklahoma* 11 a.m.
  • Baylor @ West Virginia 11 a.m.
  • Kansas @ Texas Tech 2:30 p.m.
  • Oklahoma State @ TCU* 3 p.m.
  • Iowa State @ Texas 7 p.m.

Big XII Basketball 

Beginning in two weeks, I will begin to post the first Pre-season and season long rankings of Big XII Basketball. I will have a preview coming soon and expectations of what I believe is college basketball’s 2nd best conference behind the ever-dominant ACC. The fun is just beginning! As a sneak peek can you guess who I believe will finish number 1 this year?

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*Games to watch