Another week of "What the hell was that?" in the Big 12, proving that the only consistent team is Kansas State (and maybe not for long). What happened? We review it all in the weekend warzone.
Oklahoma State 30, @ Kansas State 44
Oklahoma State is a pretty solid team, but Kansas State with Collin Klein is the best team in the nation (Bama got lucky that LSU farted it away late, Notre Dame should've lost that game three times, Oregon is not on the same defensive planet as Kansas State). The wildcats shut down Joseph Randle on the ground and picked off Wes Lunt three times before knocking him out of the game and getting another pick out of backup Clint Chelf. The cowboys made it into Kansas State territory often enough but couldn't come out with more than field goals more often than not, and Kansas State dominated the game... until Collin Klein left the game with a mysterious injury. We'll keep you up to date on the injury, as it's Kansas State week here on Frogs O' War, but without Klein the Frogs become a lot more dangerous to Kansas State's perfect season. On the Oklahoma State side, Best Staff Pick: FungoFrog picked the score difference perfectly (38-24), while I was one point off K-state's point total. Next week- Oklahoma State: West Virginia. Stillwater welcomes back Dana Holgorsen, but his offense never left. Both teams need this one to be bowl eligible, so this could be a barn burner. Kansas State: @ TCU. If Collin Klein doesn't go, this becomes the most dangerous game of the season for the wildcats. Stay tuned!
Kansas 14, @ Baylor 41
Baylor fans could not have been happy at the half, as the Jayhawks were able to hit big gains on the ground and were within three of the Bears at halftime. Sadly, the law that prohibits the Jayhawks from scoring more than 17 points was in effect, as the Bears poured on the scores after the half and Kansas had to abandon their successes on the ground to try to throw and keep up. Given that it's Kansas, it didn't go well. The Bears rolled up 666 yards of offense, which was doubtlessly highly offensive to all students and alums. The Bears offense is quite nice when the other team decides not to play in the second half, but it's a long way from being an elite one. What we learned from this game is that, though the top is confusing, the basement of the Big 12 is pretty straightforward. Best Staff Pick: Purple Wimple came through with the biggest margin of victory for the Bears, predicting Baylor 60, Kansas 35. Next week- Kansas: @ Texas Tech. The Texas road trip doesn't get any more fun for the Jayhawks as they head west to Lubbock where they play a Tech team they've beaten once in their program's history. Good luck with that. Baylor: @ Oklahoma. The Bears will have to keep the offense firing and have their defense's best performance of the year if they want to beat OU in Norman for the first time in school history. The smart money will not on the bears in that one.
Oklahoma 35, @ Iowa State 20
When he wasn't throwing the ball to the other team, Landry Jones was awesome for OU, while the Iowa State offense sputtered repeatedly against the defense of the Stoops brothers. Cyclone quarterback Steele Jantz averaged under five yards pet attempt and threw a pick with no touchdowns, and the ISU running game was impotent throughout the game as well, managing just 99 yards as a team. It's a shame because the Iowa State defense did an all right job, and the game was definitely within reach for the Cyclones at a few points, but in the end the Cyclones couldn't put enough points on the board to be in the game. As for OU, they avoided a dangerous trap game and are still managing to keep themselves posed to snatch a share of the Big 12 title if Kansas State falls. Best Staff Pick: Angry Trey was almost right on the money, picking OU to win 35-17. So close to perfect! Next week- Oklahoma: Baylor. OU lost to Baylor for the first time in school history last year. This year Baylor is coming to Norman to try and double that number. Stoops will take no prisoners. Iowa State: @ Texas. Last time the Cyclones came to town the Longhorns got all they wanted and more as Iowa State walked out of DKR stadium with a win. Is it likely to happen this year? Who knows, because...
Texas 31, @ Texas Tech 22
Texas might actually be good? Just when you think you have the Big 12 figured out something insane happens, and this was certainly the WTF game of the week. Texas never trailed, got an efficient performance out of last week's goat David Ash, ran the ball well and gave up only two TDs to the Tech offense. In Lubbock. I don't know what to say about this game, except if the Longhorns are going to play like that I'm glad we already have our sixth win. Best Staff Pick: We all picked Tech by double digits. Nothing to see here. Next week- Texas: Iowa State. Let down game? Under Mack Brown? Imagine that. Texas Tech: Kansas. Tuberville will be looking to pad his win total, and at a good time for it too. Fans and the administration hate missing chances to knock off the horns.
TCU 39, @ West Virginia 38 (2OT)
Will maniacal laughter pass as a writeup for this one? The Frogs tried to give this one away offensively and with special teams as Jaden Oberkrom continued his sudden funk by missing an important field goal in overtime, Skye Dawson muffed a punt that set up a WVU touchdown (Get Gray back there!) and the Frogs gave up a punt return touchdown to Tavon Austin. What that means is that TCU's defense... was actually pretty awesome. Holding West Virginia's high flying offense to under 400 yards, picking off Geno Smith and doing an excellent job of shutting the door on the mountaineers on third down. West Virginia fans can't be happy that they came out of a bye with seemingly no new wrinkles of offense to get past the 4-2-5, but they will definitely take that defensive effort, holding Boykin's completion percentage well below 50%. The plays that Boykin did hit tended to be big ones though, as Boyce was uncoverable all day for the Frogs. In the end, TCU is the team that clinches their bowl eligibility and will be hoping that West Virginia wins one more and takes the Pinstripe bowl bid so we can go someplace nice. Best Staff Pick: Do you give it to Angry Trey who predicted a one point win, or Purple Wimple who predicted OT (but for TCU to lose)? Give it to both of them. Next week- TCU: Kansas State. Derail national championship dreams? We've been known to do that, right Boise? That said, if Klein plays we're doomed. West Virginia: @ Oklahoma State. A homecoming of sorts for former Cowboy OC Dana Holgorsen, it will be interesting to see the two air raids going at it.