It seems hard to believe, but the college football season is already a fourth of the way done. At this point we are really starting to get a better idea of who each team actually is.
While Baylor won their first two games of the season, this past weekend’s loss to Duke shows us really what this season will look like for the Bears. On the other hand Oklahoma won a tough game game Iowa State, that let us know that Oklahoma can survive a battle, and that despite being 0-2 no one should take Iowa State lightly.
Here are a few more takeaways from Week 3:
KANSAS IS WINNING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Okay, probably not winning the national championship. The Jayhawks probably won’t win the Big 12. In all honesty the Jayhawks are not a sure thing to get to a bowl game, but after writing this team off for dead after Week 1 they have bounced back with two wins, most notably a 55-14 thumping of Big 10 opponent Rutgers.
While Kansas’ quarterback play hasn’t been stellar this season, the offense has still produced well over the last two weeks, due in large part to the play of freshman running back Pooka Williams. Williams has run for 283 yards so far this season, and is averaging 8.8 yards per carry. The freshman out of Louisiana has also added three touchdowns.
This weekend is actually going to be a huge game for Kansas moving forward. They are facing off against Baylor, and strange as it is to say, this is a must win game for the Jayhawks if they want to entertain any hope of a bowl game.
It’s hard to believe that after three weeks we are seriously talking about Kansas having a shot at a bowl game, but here we are, and if they can win this upcoming weekend, then they will just need to take three of their final eight games to go bowling for the first time since 2008. Many in Lawrence would probably consider that similar to winning a national championship.
TCU PROVED THEIR QUALITY
TCU had the highest profile game of the weekend in the Big 12, taking on Ohio State in Arlington, TX. While TCU ended up losing 40-28, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think the Horned Frogs acquitted themselves very well. Save for a roughly four minute stretch on Saturday, the two teams were very evenly matched.
Coming into the season this TCU team had a lot of questions. The offensive line was breaking in three new starters, the defense had key starters to replace on all three levels, and most importantly Shawn Robinson was stepping in to be the full time starter.
While TCU’s first two opponents didn’t really tell us much, looking this past week against Ohio State, it is safe to say the questions have been answered. The offensive line helped the offense reach over 500 of total offense. The defense held the Ohio State offense to only 26 points, and despite some key mistakes Shawn Robinson showed more than enough ability and poise.
The big question moving forward for TCU is how will this team respond to a loss. It is still a young team, and it is hard to know how a loss will impact the moral and psyche of the team. We get to find out right away as TCU travels to face Texas this weekend in Austin.
OVERLOOK OKLAHOMA STATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Coming into this past weekend there were many voices, including some on the staff here, who thought that Boise State would handle their business against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys came out and sent a message though to the tune of a 23 point victory over the Broncos.
The thing that stood out about this victory though wasn’t what you would expect. While Oklahoma State’s offense was very good on the day, it was the defense that really stole the show.
The Cowboys only allowed 34 rushing yards to Boise State, and maybe even more impressive collected seven sacks on the day. This is the first year at Oklahoma State for defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, but already he seems to have gotten the Cowboys playing a better brand of defense than in past years.
If the Cowboys can continue to make teams one dimensional on offense, then this has the making of a special year in Stillwater. Many think that West Virginia or TCU are the teams most likely to give OU a run for it’s money in the Big 12 this year, but discount Oklahoma State at your own risk.