The second week of conference play came and went in the Big 12. Title contenders furthered their title chances and the teams on the outside looking in, their path got that much harder to hardware. The week was full of points, crucial injuries, and a few blowouts. In the midst of that there was plenty of Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Kyler Murray – He didn’t start against Baylor but still found a way to bolster his Heisman chances and total seven touchdowns. The whole Sooner offense was rolling against Baylor and they put up 66 points. Murray was in control all game throwing for 432 yards and averaging 26.2 yards per attempt. He also ran for 45 yards and added a score on the ground. The Sooners defense still remains a concern but if Kyler Murray can continue to put up these numbers it might not matter.
Texas Has Put Themselves In The Best Position Possible – Realistically, there’s no way Texas was going 11-1 or 12-0 this year and those odds dropped tremendously after an opening loss. The best possible scenario was a rivalry game vs Oklahoma with a lot on the line. The Longhorns have won three big games in a row and find themselves ranked 19th in the AP poll. Texas now has the red river rivalry to look forward to. Those rivalry games are so often toss-ups and Texas is a win away from being in a very good position. A Big 12 title is unlikely no matter what happens but a big time bowl game and a chance to ruin the Sooners season remains in play.
TCU Continues To Hang Around – TCU was victorious against Iowa State in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs have struggled this year but dismissed a two game losing streak with a 17-14 win. TCU is in a bad place, but what they need to do is just keep winning and hang around until the conference ends up beating themselves. The offense still has yet to impress but if that gets figured out then anything can happen, especially under Gary Patterson.
Kansas Had Brief Success But Has Fallen Back Into Mediocrity – After a impressive 2-1 start to the year, the Jayhawks have been torn apart in the first two conference games. Oklahoma State beat KU by 20 in Lawrence and Baylor did the same by 19. Kansas likely won’t win another game this year. The schedule just gets harder from this point and Kansas hasn’t looked very good recently. The Jayhawks little run was fun while it lasted but like they say, all good things must come to an end.
West Virginia Could of Stayed In The Locker Room After Halftime – They probably would have seen better results. The Red Raiders outscored WVU 24-7 in the second half and the seven points were a defensive touchdown. Will Grier couldn’t get anything going, it doesn’t help when his receivers had butter fingers. The Mountaineers got away with it because of a dominant first half, but the whole program knows that can’t happen again.
Iowa State’s Offense Continued Their Struggle – They’ve been unable to get points on the board throughout the season. The Cyclones were held to 14 on the road in a 17-14 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. Iowa State is 124th in the country in points per game, they are putting up just 17.5 points in that category. In four games, Iowa State has only found the end zone seven times.
The passing game has struggled under Kyle Kempt, and star running back David Montgomery has played well but has not been the game changer we expected. Iowa State is coming off one of the better seasons in program history, this year they’re looking at a 1-3 record and an 0-2 start to conference play. If Iowa State wants to be bowl eligible they need to turn things around quickly, especially on offense.
Alan Bowman Had His First Rough Outing – He was putting together one of the best freshman seasons in recent history and was all steam ahead before the West Virginia Mountaineers rolled into Lubbock. Bowman started the contest in uncharacteristic fashion. Kenny Robinson picked off Bowman on Texas Tech’s first drive. He was 9 for 20 passing for 123 yards with a touchdown and interception before he got sandwiched by Ezekiel Rose and Keith Washington. Bowman suffered a collapsed lung on the play and did not return. It looked as if the Texas Tech offense did even better without him. Texas Tech has a bye week and we’ll see how Bowman recovers.