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2021 Season

Who Had The Best Week In The Big 12?

From a couple of big wins, to bowl eligibility, to a decisive win with all the right teams losing, who had the best weekend in the Big 12?

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The Kansas Jayhawks celebrate a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns - Getty Images - Tim Warner
Getty Images - Tim Warner

Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State had big wins this weekend, but who had the best weekend? Let’s get into it.

(Sorry K-State, we see you, but a game deciding the middle of the conference didn’t make the cut.)

Running It Up

It doesn’t get much better than knocking off number one to keep your own championship hopes alive, and that’s just what Baylor did on Saturday. The Bears out-scored the Sooners 20-7 in the second half in what turned out to be a decisive win.

The Sooners have flirted with disaster all season, but up until Saturday, they had managed to stay unbeaten. The Baylor defense changed that by holding the Sooners to 2 of 9 on third down and 260 total yards.

By the end of the game, coach Lincoln Riley was left swapping quarterbacks desperate for some Sooner magic and ranting to the officials about sportsmanship as his team took their first loss of the season.

For Baylor, tacking on the field goal after a premature field rush was the cherry on top of a pretty good day.

OMG It Happened Again…

Beating number one is pretty good, but don’t let Baylor’s win distract you from the fact that Texas lost to Kansas in football…again.

Five years after beating Texas in Lawrence, the Jayhawks marched into Austin and came out with the win. Texas limped into this game, and Kansas smelled blood in the water. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first, and Texas was in trouble. The Horns started to gain some traction in the second quarter and with a little over one minute remaining in the half, they had a chance to tie the game at 21-all. Kansas had other plans though and took a 35-14 lead into the locker room. Let that sink in. If you didn’t do the math, Kansas tacked on not one, but two more touchdowns in about a minute of game time off a Texas fumble and a pick-6.

As rough as the first half was, Texas fought back and somehow managed to get the game to overtime. In overtime, Texas scored first and the Jayhawks needed an answer or despite not leading at any point in regulation, the Longhorns were going to escape with a win.

By this point, the Longhorn defense had been on the field over 10-game minutes longer than the Jayhawks and it showed. Kansas marched in to the end zone. Most coaches would have taken their chance in a second overtime, but not coach Lance Leipold. He decided to go for the win, and the Longhorns, the wealthiest program in the nation, a program with limitless 4-star and 5-star recruits, were humbled by a walk-on playing his first-ever offensive snap.

This truly is the darkest timeline for Longhorn Nation. Despite 4-straight second half collapses, Texas entered this matchup as a 30.5-point favorite. And adding injury to insult, Bijan Robinson exited the game with a dislocated elbow and he will miss the remainder of the season.

For Kansas, it was their first Big 12 win since beating Texas Tech in 2019. In fact, Kansas only has four Big 12 wins since 2015, and two of them are against the Longhorns.

For Texas, this might be the most embarrassing loss in program history. Correction…this might be the most embarrassing loss in program history so far.

Walk It Off, They’re Going Bowling

To start the 2021 season, Texas Tech was projected to finish 9th in the Big 12 with a projected 4.5 wins. After Saturday though, the Red Raiders are going bowling, and they did it in style. Kicker Jonathan Garibay hit a 62-yard field goal as time expired to clinch the 41-38 win over Iowa State.

It’s the longest kick since Zach Hintze hit his own 62-yarder for Wisconsin in 2019. Before that, you have to go back to 2008 to find another field goal of 62 yards or longer.

A truly impressive kick as the Red Raiders move to 6-4 on the season and 6th in the Big 12 standings.

Everything Went Right

It’s hard to imagine a better weekend for Oklahoma State. They smothered TCU in a 63-17 win that wasn’t even that close. The Oklahoma State is just on another level and the offense is finding itself. This is a team peaking at the right time, and no one in the country wants to play them right now.

However, it was the games above that truly made it a great weekend for the Pokes. Anytime Oklahoma State wins and Oklahoma loses it’s a good day in Stillwater, but the Cowboy’s path to the Big 12 title game also got a lot clearer with Iowa State’s loss. Texas losing to Kansas is just icing on the cake.

So who had the best weekend?