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Forget What You Know About The Big 12

If you thought something was going to happen this past weekend in the Big 12, you were probably wrong.

No one was more shocked than Mack Brown
No one was more shocked than Mack Brown
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The big game in the conference last weekend was, of course, the Red River Rivalry. Just when you thought you knew exactly how this one was going to end, Mack Brown and company pulled the biggest upset. The Sooners had won the last three meetings. The last two by method of curb stomping.

The Sooners were expected to easily win their fourth in a row. While Texas was struggling as much when they won as when they lost. The defense had been almost nonexistent and the offense was less than impressive. So naturally, this happened.


When the dust settled, the Longhorns had a 36-20 win over their most hated rival. On the other side, the Sooners were left scratching their heads wondering what the hell just happened. It would be a stretch to think Mack Brown won his job back, but he certainly took a step in the right direction.

Remember how awesome Baylor's offense looked against West Virginia? They were going to do that to everyone and walk away with the Big 12 title. It was a given. Bill Snyder and Kansas St. didn't believe any of it. We shouldn't have either. The Wildcats came up short in a 35-25 loss. But they did enough to give the Bear's punter a decent workout. Baylor will put up some big numbers against the rest of the Big 12. But it was impossible to think they would be able to match the energy they had against the Mountaineers two weeks ago.With all the bye weeks behind them, Baylor will have to find a way to stay healthy and focused. Because nothing is a given in this conference.

If you thought Paul Rhoads and Iowa State couldn't possibly lose another close game, you were wrong. The score was probably deceiving. But you just have to feel a little bad for the Cyclones after the Texas game and the questionable calls that didn't go their way. At the same time, you have to take notice of this undefeated Texas Tech team that put up a 42-35 win and 666 yards of offense on Iowa State.

If you though Charlie Weis was due for a win against a Big 12 team, you were wrong. Although his Kansas team has shown signs of not being a door mat for the conference. They still failed to turn five TCU turnovers into a win. The 27-17 loss was the 10th straight Big 12 loss under Weis. The next three games against Oklahoma, Baylor, and Texas don't promise any relief. But you know, we'll see.