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The second Saturday in October is the special time of year where fans from Oklahoma and Texas join together in a blood feud that has spanned more than a century. All of college football nation fixes their eyes upon Dallas for this annual epic showdown.

Well, at least they used to. Times have changed. The Red River Shootout, while a national broadcast, kicked off at 11 am, and wasn’t even the marquee game of the week in the Big 12.

With Texas reeling at 1-4 and Oklahoma at 4-0, most of us saw this as a lopsided affair.

Boy were we wrong.

Texas broke into Oklahoma’s apartment, took all their food, booze and even used their shower on Saturday and the Sooners did little to fight against the Horns. Before Oklahoma could realize that their pride was being blasted, it was too late. The Golden Hat went south for the winter.

An upset to start the day was a sign of things to come for Big 12 fans last Saturday. There was an epic overtime win in Morgantown, a thriller in Manhattan, and an act of mercy not seen since the days of Mother Teresa.

Here’s this week’s random thoughts from around the Big 12…

Oklahoma vs Texas

Oklahoma’s two main problems all year:  The inability to block and failing to stop the run were in no way corrected for the game against Texas.

The Longhorns showed their hand early with the running game, and wisely burned the part of the playbook with the forward pass.

Baker Mayfield probably has back pain right now.

Charlie Strong’s index finger is very long.

Baylor at Kansas

Baylor vs Kansas is otherwise known as the time the Empire found the Rebels on Hoth

Baylor’s running game is so underrated. Shock Linwood had 135 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. It’s truly beautiful to watch, and is the cog that makes the Baylor machine go

Just over two weeks until basketball season in Lawrence, so there’s that.

Iowa State at Texas Tech

Patrick Mahomes continues his excellent play with a 5 TD/0 INT performance against the Cyclones, including a 75 yard TD pass.

Texas Tech is sick of being in the middle of the pack. Iowa State wishes they could get there.

The Cyclones could conceivably only be a 2 win team this year – Who’s going to help Paul Rhoads pack?

Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Welp, West Virginia has gone from burning couches to burning everything… to. the. ground.

What an odd game for the Cowboys. Mason Rudolph had an off day registering no touchdowns and threw three picks. They were outgained 444-362 in total yardage, and lost the time of possession battle. Yet they still dominated most of the game, and ended up making it look easy in overtime.

West Virginia’s October schedule is the worst October experience since the Tsars in Russia – already losing to OU and OSU, now they have Baylor and TCU to look forward too.

TCU at Kansas State

Bill Snyder at night in Manhattan would frighten the monster living in your closet right now.

Backup quarterback, and near Kansas State folk hero, Joe Hubener ran up and down the TCU defense to the tune of 111 yards and four touchdowns.

Gary Patterson’s lack of defense confuses me so much, that I’m starting to question my own existence. What is real anymore?

Who should win the Heisman? Trevone Boykin or Josh Doctson? Either would be a great choice.

TCU won this game after being down 35-17 on the road. Respect.


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