Outside of Texas Tech’s comeback win over West Virginia and Oklahoma sleeping in against Kansas, not a whole lot happened in the Big 12 last Saturday – at least compared to the upheaval in the SEC, a record-setting day in the Big Ten, solid Pac-12 action, amazing AAC games and, of course, Jordan Lynch going off. The Big 12 decided to spend Week 8 like a lazy Sunday afternoon and just…..be.
Baylor - So much for Kansas State showing the league how to slow down the Bears in Week 7. Baylor dropped 714 yards and 71 points on Iowa State this past Saturday. The defense also manhandled the Cyclones, limiting them to 174 yards of offense and generating three takeaways. Week eight grade: A+
Oklahoma - Okay, okay, Oklahoma played a hockey game. After hitting the snooze button in the first quarter they dominated the other three. By the end of the day they held the Jayhawks to just 201 yards and, here’s a number for you, SIXTEEN passing yards! The great Charlie “offensive guru, no more like a gyro” Weis generated 16 passing yards. How this guy is still employed is beyond me. Oops, this is still the Oklahoma section of the column? Okay, so after that horrid opening frame, OU won the rest of the affair 34-6. Week eight grade: B
Texas Tech - It was strange one in Morgantown, to say the least. Tech raced out to a 13-0 lead, but gave up 20 unanswered points to fall behind West Virginia in the third quarter. Then the Red Raiders went on their own run, scoring the final 21 points of the game to win by 10. I think a few things were at work here. First, credit WVU for having a nice game plan of keeping Texas Tech’s offense off the field. The Mountaineers totaled nine more minutes of possession time. Second, road league games are never supposed to be easy. Third, with Oklahoma as the next game and jumping out to a two score lead, it is possible that Texas Tech just took their foot off the gas and let the Mountaineers make it interesting. Week eight grade: C+
Oklahoma State - For a 5-1 team, the Pokes sure do have an issue, and it is a huge one. This club still isn’t settled at the quarterback position. After J.W. Walsh had a horrid start to the game, Gundy went back to senior Clint Chef. This back and forth nature shouldn’t be happening this deep in the season, unless your name is Spurrier. Oklahoma State’s defense put in a strong performance, limiting TCU to 10 points after the Cowboys coughed the ball up four times. With the revolving door at QB, I don’t think the Cowboys’ scoring ability is as consistent as the three clubs I’m buying, nor do they have the athletes like Texas does to live up to the preseason hype. I’m a little disappointed in this club, which I thought so highly of early on. Week eight grade: C
Texas - Idle
Iowa State - The Cyclones are a really young team, and you have to worry about the wheels coming off after they got slammed by Baylor. This team is better than their 1-5 mark, but with both Oklahoma schools left on the schedule, a bowl seems very doubtful now. Week eight grade: F
Kansas - Let me reiterate, sixteen passing yards on a 5-for-13 day. How Charlie “yes I want fries with my offensive guru” Weis still has a job is beyond me! Week eight grade: F
Kansas State - Idle
TCU - The Horned Frogs have now dipped below .500 and simply cannot score. They ranked 100th in passing, 94th in rushing and 85th in scoring. The next four games are manageable, meaning the Horned Frogs could still make a bowl, but this team was ranked to start 2013. Just a rough year with bad performances and a slew of injuries. Week eight grade: D+
West Virginia - The Mountaineers racked up 437 yards of offense, and things seem to be improving on that side of the ball, but they gave up 573. With all the youth on both sides of the field, this had the look of a long season. On the bright side, the Mountaineers continue to improve, and pushed a really good Texas Tech squad. The best news for WVU fans is Oklahoma, Baylor and Okie State are all in the rear view mirror. Their final five games could all break their way. Even if they drop the Texas game, that would still be a 4-1 end to the season, a 7-5 overall mark, a bowl appearance and some mojo heading into next season. I’m really curious to see if the Mountaineers can finish strong. Week eight grade: B-
Buy That Kid Dinner (if the NCAA allowed it)
Antwan Goodley (WR, Baylor) – 11 catches, 182 yards, 16.5 avg 2 TD, long of 42. Look, I can’t give it to Bryce Petty every week, so I went with one of his receivers.
Eddie Lackey (LB, Baylor) – 8 tackles (5 solo), 1 sack, .5 TFL and a fumble recovery as he and his teammates shackled the Cyclones.
Josh Stewart (PR, OSU) – Two returns, 124 yards, 62.0 avg, long of 95 and a touchdown. Even better, that score was the opening salvo of the game. After 11 minutes of stalled 0-0 football, Stewart helped wake up his teammates with the looooooooong punt return. All the moves were slick, but I loved the one at the 26 second mark – bonus points for causing two Frogs to crash into each other with the cutback.
Dunce of the Week
Back by popular demand…..SIXTEEN PASSING YARDS!!! Here is what Air Force, Army, Georgia Tech and Navy (all option teams) tallied through the air their last games out:
Black Knights – 8/19, 83 yards, 4.4 avg, 1 TD, 2 INT
Falcons – 6/12, 150 yards, 12.5 avg, 1 TD, 0 INT
Yellow Jackets – 3/5, 88 yards, 17.6 avg, 1 TD, 1 INT
Midshipmen – 5/13, 95 yards, 7.3 avg, 1 TD, 0 INT
Congrats Kansas, you are worse at the throwing game than the four major triple option teams in the nation.