The college football season hit double digits, and it brought plenty of drama and competitive games in the Big 12. Four of the five games finished within five points; with two of them producing game-changing scores within the final seconds! In the middle of all these exciting games, there was plenty of good, lots of bad, and the expected ugly.
West Virginia’s Big Win – The Mountaineers needed every last second to shock Texas on Saturday. With seconds winding down, Will Grier threw a 33-yard jump pass on the money to Gary Jennings, who somehow managed to get his foot down in the back of the end zone. After a series of chess-game-like timeouts by both teams, Grier took matters into his own hands, and revisited the left pylon that broke his finger the last time out against Texas.
This time he got in the end zone for a two-point conversion with 16 seconds left, and that gave the Mountaineers a 42-41 win. West Virginia moved to 3-1 in Austin, but this one feels special. Everything about this win showed the Mountaineers are legit, and cemented their name in Big 12 title talk and the College Football Playoff picture. And, while still a long shot, Grier reentered the Heisman race with his performance. All in all, it was a much needed win for West Virginia and with TCU and Oklahoma State coming up, that late November game against Oklahoma looks very appealing.
Kyler Murray (After His First 4 Passes) – The Heisman caliber quarterback threw two interceptions early but rallied his troops to put up 51 points in Lubbock and win by five. He finished with 460 total yards and 4 touchdowns. The Sooners didn’t play well on defense but with a playmaker like Murray, it isn’t needed sometimes. The Sooners are now tied atop the Big 12 standings with West Virginia, and still have at least one meeting with the Mountaineers ahead on the schedule. Oklahoma can’t afford a slip up – they come in at number six in the most recent CFB Playoff rankings and need to win out to have a shot to make the semi final. Night games on the road are always hard, and even harder when the home teams puts up 46 points. Murray did a great job to keep the Sooners hopes alive.
Kansas Getting A Head Start On The Coaching Carousel – The Kansas Jayhawks fired head coach David Beaty and get a early look at options. The most interesting option to me is Les Miles, the former LSU head coach. Miles seems to have interest in the Jayhawks job. It would be a tremendous rebuild to undertake, but with the right man, hopefully KU can fix things, for the better of the conference. It’s not all Beaty’s fault, but he wasn’t getting the job done. The athletic department will try and find someone who will.
Big 12 Fans With Heart Conditions – Saturday was by far the conferences’ best week yet with all but one game heading down to the wire. The Oklahoma State Cowboys blew two double digit leads in the second half in this roller coaster game, before before Charlie Brewer found Denzel Mims for a go ahead touchdown with only seven seconds left.
The Kansas State Wildcats were a PAT away from tying the game against TCU in Fort Worth, but Blake Lynch was unable to put the ball through the uprights.
The Oklahoma Sooners traveled into Lubbock for a nighttime showdown with Texas Tech and despite a slow start, the Sooners found a way to pull out a five point win.
In a college football game of the year nominee, the West Virginia Mountaineers needed a Will Grier throw for the ages and a Dana Holgorsen call for the ages to steal one in Austin. It was the highest attendance at a Texas Longhorns home game ever and the game didn’t disappoint.
No matter what team you liked, this week was one for the ages.
Texas’ Big 12 Title Chances – The Longhorns were unable to hold on against West Virginia and have lost in back to back weeks. The Longhorns now post a 4-2 Big 12 record and are tied for third in the conference with Iowa State, who they face this week. Tom Herman continues to struggle and despite Sam Ehlinger emerging as a quality QB, the Longhorns still can’t get over the hump. Texas now needs help to get into a championship game. Winning out is a great start.
Kansas State Falls To 1-5 In Big 12 Play – The Wildcats played another sloppy game, and it resulted in a one point loss to a mediocre TCU team. They moved the ball pretty well, and played well defensively, but were unable to finish drives and only put up 13 points. TCU only scored 14 and if not for a missed extra point by the Wildcats the game would’ve been destined for OT. The Wildcats are now 3-6 overall, and 1-5 in Big 12 play. The team is unable to score points and in the Big 12 that’s a bad problem to have. K-State has Kansas next week in a game no one should really be interested in watching. They follow that with two games they will probably lose against Texas Tech and Iowa State. This season has been a mess for the Wildcats.
Texas Tech’s Defense Performance – Earlier this season, the Red Raider defense looked like they might have turned the page and been able to take control of some games. That idea was put to rest after allowing 38 and 49 points to Iowa State and Oklahoma, respectively. The Red Raiders did everything they could to get a huge upset win, but the defense let the team down. Again. The Sooners totaled 683 yards. That’s unacceptable from a defense and Kyler Murray and Trey Sermon both had field days. Texas Tech will never be able to compete for anything while the defense is a mess like this.