Separation Saturday lived up to its billing, as the Big 12 title picture became more clear with just two regular season games remaining. Oklahoma all but wrapped up a championship game appearance with their big win over TCU, and have the inside track to the College Football Playoffs with Georgia and Notre Dame both losing big. Iowa State faded after a strong start, potentially knocking them out of Arlington, while WVU’s win keeps their faint title game hopes alive. The rest of the conference will be a battle to bowl eligibility down the stretch, as Texas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech are a game away from the magic number of six wins with two to play.
Oklahoma State 49, Iowa State 42
Needing a home win to secure their spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, the Cyclones jumped out to a big lead early but couldn’t finish the job after quarterback Kyle Kempt left with an injury. Things started well for Matt Campbell’s squad, who scored 14 straight points to open the game, only to see their lead evaporate as the Pokes answered back with 21 unanswered. It was a back and forth affair all game long, and an entertaining one at that, and the Clones kept hanging around even when they had to turn to redshirt freshman Zeb Noland down the stretch. Noland was pretty good, but his pass to the corner of the end zone as time expired was ripped away by an Oklahoma State defender for a game-sealing INT. The loss all but eliminates Iowa State from the title game, and gives the inside track to TCU and Oklahoma, as the Cyclones are the only team to beat them both. Wide Right and Natty Lite relives the highs and lows, while Cowboys Ride For Free has the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Cowboys host K State, while Iowa State travels to Waco to take on the Bears.
Texas Tech 38, Baylor 24
Ahhh, the BUTT bowl, everyone’s favorite Big 12 rivalry. It’s only fitting that Baylor’s Pooh Stricklin scored a touchdown for the Bears today, as the game was a relative stinker throughout. Charlie Brewer had 63 attempts, as Matt Rhule finally accepted his brain washing and played Big 12 football, while Nik Shimonek did Nik Shimonek things; ie: throwing some of the very best and very worst passes you will ever see. I don’t know what else to say about this game; neither of these teams are very good, but one of them had to win. Good for the Red Raiders, I suppose. Viva the Matadors is comparing Kliff to Snyder (kind of), while Our Daily Bears is frustrated by another loss but still finding things to be excited about.
But who cares... did you see that POOH scored in the BUTT Bowl? That’s more than enough information about this one.
Texas Tech hosts the Horned Frogs while Baylor welcomes in a very angry Iowa State team.
West Virginia 28, Kansas State 23
Will Grier piled up big stats against the Wildcats on their home field, throwing for over 350 yards and four touchdowns. On the other side, the Cats managed just three second-half points behind Skylar Thompson, who has been thrust into the starting job due to injuries to the first and second string quarterbacks. WVU has an outside shot of making the Big 12 Championship game, due to their win over Iowa State, but needs a lot of help. The Smoking Musket is happy to escape the Little Apple with a win, while Bring on the Cats has all the regret.
The Eers try and spoil Tom Herman’s bowl eligibility, while the Cats travel to Stillwater.
Kansas 27, Texas 42
REVENGE IS SWEET AND SO ARRE YOU. The Longhorns finally avenged the most embarrassing loss of the Charlie Strong era, defeating the mighty Jayhawks behind Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger. The vaunted UT defense was a little average against what had been a disastrous KU O, allowing 364 yards but forcing four turnovers. The Horns were able to put up points in bunches though, despite averaging less than 3.0 yards per rush and committing two turnovers themselves. Burnt Orange Nation is bemoaning the sloppy second half play, while Rock Chalk Talk decided against writing a recap, at least before I wrote this. But, who can blame them.
Texas tries to get to bowl eligibility against WVU, while Kansas hosts OU in what is sure to be a bloodbath.
TCU 20, Oklahoma 38
The Frogs draw and 11:00am kickoff against Texas Tech, while the Sooners
get their bye week play Kansas in Lawrence.