With the Red River Showdown officially ramping up the Big 12 race, here are the latest conference rankings:
No. 1 Oklahoma
For a quick moment in the first quarter, Kansas looked like it would give Oklahoma a game. The Jayhawks scored quickly and then proceeded to allow 42 points. Oklahoma once again reminded the conference how potent their offense is. With an easy day at the office, Oklahoma moves onto to the Cotton Bowl to try and get revenge for last year’s defeat at the foot of Cameron Dicker.
No. 2 Texas
Texas went back to work against West Virginia last week. After a slow start, the Longhorns exploded in the fourth quarter. The help of four interceptions along with freshman quarterback-turned-running back Roschon Johnson and sophomore offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi’s trick plays allowed Texas to get past the Mountaineers. Sam Ehlinger and team travel to Dallas to face their true rival, Oklahoma.
No. 3 Baylor
Baylor is still undefeated. The Bears and junior quarterback Charlie Brewer walked over Kansas State using a balanced rushing attack. Big plays helped Baylor get the ball down the field and run Kansas State out of the building.
No. 4 Oklahoma State
Despite a promising start to the season, Oklahoma State already has two losses in conference play. The game plan was simple for the Cowboys: Get the ball to redshirt sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard and get out the way. Although talented, Oklahoma State is still figuring out how to put all the pieces together.
No. 5 Iowa State
The up and down season continues for the Cyclones. Iowa State bounced back from the heartbreaking loss to Baylor with a dominant win over TCU. The two losses they’ve suffered have come by less than a field goal, showing that they can compete with anybody. The next step is getting wins against top teams.
No. 6 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders got back on track after back-to-back losses. Texas Tech’s offense looked more like themselves, putting up 45 points on the scoreboard. Junior quarterback Jett Duffey had a day with 424 passing yards and four touchdowns. With sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman out for several weeks, Duffey’s performance provides some hope moving forward.
No. 7 West Virginia
The Mountaineers clearly had the matchup against Texas circled, but the outcome didn’t go as planned for West Virginia. They were able to keep it close for a majority of the game, but they couldn’t stop the fourth quarter onslaught the Longhorns brought. Still over .500, they will try and rebound against Iowa State this week.
No. 8 TCU
After a three-point loss to SMU three weeks ago, TCU was able to blow out Kansas. However, they couldn’t keep the momentum going against Iowa State. The Cyclones put up nearly 50 points against the Horned Frogs. Luckily, they get to play Kansas State next week.
No. 9 Kansas State
Still winless in conference play, the Wildcats were blown out at home by the explosive Baylor Bears. Moving the ball wasn’t an issue for Kansas State, it was just putting the ball in the end zone where the Wildcats struggled. They’ve now lost back-to-back weeks and are trying to regain control before their season spirals out of control.
Kansas had Oklahoma in the first half...of the first quarter. The Jayhawks looked competitive for the first few minutes, but were ultimately overpowered by the Sooners. They’re still searching for their first conference win, but the moral win will have to do for now.