Oklahoma State made the loudest of statements possible last week, as they steamrolled Baylor in the showcase game. In fact, with only three games and just over half the league in action, it was as if the conference predicted those teams would be in the top ten and then got out of the way. Oklahoma survived a road trip to Kansas State, and Iowa State picked up their first league win in an impressive stomping of hapless Kansas.
Baylor – As ugly as it was on Saturday, they can still capture the title by winning out, and having Oklahoma State stumble. An at-large bowl bid is still on the table if they go 11-1. Considering where this team was expected to finish, this is still one outstanding year for the boys from Waco. Week thirteen grade: F
Oklahoma – Thanks to Baylor’s loss, Oklahoma is now back in play. Their league losses this year are Baylor and Texas. Another stumble by either, as well as knocking off Oklahoma State would leave a ton of teams sitting with two league losses. Week thirteen grade: B+
Oklahoma State – The Cowboys are now in the driver’s seat of the league. If they win out, the question then becomes can they slip into the championship game as a one-loss team? They would need a lot of dominos to fall, but it’s possible. Week thirteen grade: A+
Texas – Idle
Kansas State – Upsetting Oklahoma would have been nice, but they can take care of cupcake Kansas to get to seven wins. Week thirteen grade: C-
Texas Tech – Idle
Iowa State – It feels pretty good ending a league losing streak and doing in a shutout too. This young team needed some positive vibes to end the season. Hopefully they ride high into Morganville after the Kansas pick-me-up. Week thirteen grade: A+
Kansas – Way to follow up snapping that 27 game league losing streak with a new one. Why are you passing 31 times in frigid conditions, on a field resembling a skating rink, Chuckie Weis? Week thirteen grade: F
TCU – Idle
West Virginia – Idle
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Clint Chelf (QB, Oklahoma State) – 19/25, 370 yards, 14.8 avg, 3 TD, 0 INT, 93.4 QBR
Jeremiah George (LB, ISU) and Jacques Washington (DB, ISU) – The pair combined for nearly 30 tackles, as George had nine solo and Washington had seven. George also forced a fumble, and Washington recovered a fumble as the Cyclones pitched the shutout.
Honorable Mention to Oklahoma DB Zach Sanchez who had a 74-yard pick-six against Kansas State to push lead back to 17 in the fourth.
Michael Hunnicutt (K, Oklahoma) – 2/2 FG, long of 37 and 5/5 PATs for a total of 11 points, critical in his team’s 10 point win.
Dunce of the Week
Kansas, fresh off a huge win, traveled to Ames to take on Iowa State. The Cyclones’ best defensive efforts this season were holding teams to 21 points on two occasions. The two opponents were TCU and Tulsa – both mired in horrid seasons. Against Kansas State they gave up 41, and then 71 against mighty Baylor. Kansas mustered zero points, 92 passing yards, 279 total yards, 3 of 16 on third down and had 13 first downs. They also had two turnovers. I think it is safe to say Kansas is my DotW.