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Big 12 Week 8 Wrap-up

October 23, 2012

College Football

The Big 12 is finally starting to work itself out. All the contenders are shifting towards the top and the pretenders are being exposed.

Still, the conference is asserting that it belongs at the top of the NCAA alongside the SEC. They still have 5 teams in this weeks BCS rankings some that look stronger than others at this time.

Offense was the theme this week with 384 points total scored by Big 12 teams and 6 of the 10 teams scoring 50+ points.

Two of those six teams lost. The Big 12 is proving to be a high scoring league and it all comes down to whose defense can force a team to make a mistake.

Key Points of Week 8:

1.) West Virginia is definitely turning into a pretender in their first year in the Big 12. Dana Holgerson attributes this to a lack of maturity by young players.

The analysts say their lack of defense caught up with them. All I can say is it is very disappointing to a WVU fan that they can get it together.

2.) With West Virginia losing to Kansas State and looking weak in process that leaves 3 teams in the hunt for the Big 12 title. Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech. Next week Kansas State plays Texas Tech which will pretty much decide the Big 12 pending these three teams win the rest of their games.

If K-State wins the Big 12 is theirs and if it is Texas Tech then there is a three way tie for the Big 12 and makes for an interesting tiebreaker between three of the top teams in the country

3.) You gotta feel bad for Baylor. After last years great season going 10-3 and having Robert Griffen III win the Heisman the Bears were hoping for another great season. After a 3-0 non-conference start they have lost all 3 conference games. Two of which were by a touchdown or less.

Baylor just can’t get that conference win, and they need it. They wouldn’t want to end up like Kansas. Watch out for Baylor to maybe spoil one of the top of conference teams (they still play all three of them).

4.) Texas is still struggling. After getting embarrassed by Oklahoma Texas almost loses to Baylor. Texas, who were top 15 in the preseason, are barely hanging on to a BCS spot at 23. Texas has not looked strong and have struggled to compete against the other top tier teams in their conference.

However, Saturday’s win shed a little light in what has been a dimly lit season for the longhorns.

5.) And finally Kansas can’t win a conference game…still. That probably wont change.

Heisman Watch:

This week was the battle of the Heisman candidates and unfortunately for this WVU fan Geno Smith did not perform well at all.

Smith had 143 passing yds with a touchdown and 2 interceptions (his first 2 of the season).

 

While Collin Klein had a phenomenal performance racking up 323 passing yds and 3 TD’s and 41 rushing yds with 4 rushing TD’s.

That stat comparison does not look good for Geno Smith.

Most analysts have already started dropping Smith from their Heisman hunt after his performance in the K-State game.

However, I think it will be how he responds in WVU’s next game. I definitely think this week lost him some votes but if he can close the season strong I think he can gain them back.

Right now Collin Klein is definitely put himself up top of the Heisman list, but the voting is still over a month away so Smith still has time to prove that he deserves the award.

National Championship Spotlight:

Kansas State moved up to the number 3 spot in the BCS rankings this week and it has started the usual chatter that comes with that spot with two SEC teams above you. “Do they belong in the National Championship?” Kansas State is a very strong team and I can see them as a legitimate National Championship contender if they win the rest of the games.

The comparison comes in looking at whether they can hang with the defense of an SEC team. The Wildcats have many different ways of attacking a defense that keeps the defenses guessing what is coming next. I think if a team is going to dethrone the National Championship dominance by the SEC, Kansas State is the team to do it.

Week 8 Big 12 Results:

  • Oklahoma State 31 Iowa State 10
  • Texas Tech 56 TCU 53
  • Kansas State 55 West Virginia 14
  • Oklahoma 52 Kansas 7
  • Texas 56 Baylor 50

Week 9 Match-ups

  • Texas vs. Kansas
  • TCU vs. Oklahoma State
  • Texas Tech vs. Kansas State
  • Baylor vs. Iowa State
  • Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame (non-conference)
  • Bye: West Virginia

Big 12 Standings as of Week 8

  1. #3 Kansas State 7-0 (4-0)
  2. #14 Texas Tech 6-1 (3-1)
  3. #8 Oklahoma 5-1 (3-1)
  4. Oklahoma State 4-2 (2-1)
  5. TCU 5-2 (2-2)
  6. #23 Texas 5-2 (2-2)
  7. #19 West Virginia 5-2 (2-2)
  8. Iowa State 4-3 (1-3)
  9. Baylor 3-3 (0-3)
  10. Kansas 1-6 (0-4)
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About Andrew Ware

Seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. and graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. But most of all a follower of Jesus Christ.

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