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Big 12 Roundup & Power Rankings: Iowa State Leads the Pack

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Watch out as Matt Campbell now has wins over Oklahoma AND TCU in the same season.

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#25 Iowa State 14, #4 TCU 7

West Virginia wasn’t the only team who failed to show up on Saturday. TCU Horned Frogs, who had risen from the unranked all the way to number 4, fell 14-7 to Iowa St. Cyclones in Ames. Matt Campbell’s defense, who came into the contest holding teams to under 20 points a game. Kenny Hill led the Frogs twice to the redzone but turnovers on both drives ended any chance to tie the game. Frogs O’ War, who ridiculed the Smoking Musket for their questioning of the officials during the Mountaineers loss to the Frogs, are now chiding the refs after being called for 11 penalties. Wide Right Natty Lite has a breaking story that 2017 will be Campbell’s last season in Ames before taking over on Mount Olympus. The story is still developing.

Texas 38, Baylor 7

The Texas Longhorns traveled to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears and scored 38 points, much like the Mountaineers did last week, however the Longhorns defense did not wilt in the 4th quarter and yielded only 7 points all game. Deshon Elliot opened the game with his second pick-6. Over at BurntOrangeNation, they are convinced that Shane Buechele can run the offense but Texas continues to get in its own way. OurDailyBears makes it clear they are not a fan of rotating quarterbacks.

Kansas State 30, Kansas 20

Kansas State Wildcats came into the game expecting to have their way with the Kansas Jayhawks in the Kansas Bowl that no one knew was happening or paid attention to. The Jayhawks scored 9 points in the third quarter against Texas Tech on October 7. Two games later, the Jayhawks had not scored in 9 consecutive quarters, following shutouts to TCU and Iowa State. That changed as KU kicked a pair of field goals in the first quarter. Bring On The Cats is extremely aggravated as the Wildcats managed only 335 yards of offense against Kansas while Rock Chalk Talk are now calling for the Athletic Director’s firing.

#10 Oklahoma 49, Texas Tech 27

Texas Tech Red Raiders, who were the darkhorse contender in the Big 12 only a few weeks ago, have now dropped three straight as they fell to the Oklahoma Sooners 49-27. Kliff Kingsbury squad jumped out to an early 20-14 lead in the first quarter but managed only 7 points through the final 45 minutes as Rodney Anderson had 24 carries for 181 yards and the Sooners combined for over 300 yards on the ground. Crimson And Cream Machine are glad the Sooners took care of business as now they look forward to Bedlam. Viva The Matadors aren’t too down on a loss to the Sooners but are now watching next week as a bowl game is in jeopardy.

Power Rankings

  1. Iowa St. Cyclones
  2. Oklahoma Sooners
  3. TCU Horned Frogs
  4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  5. Texas Longhorns
  6. West Virginia Mountaineers
  7. Kansas State Wildcats
  8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  9. Kansas Jayhawks
  10. Baylor Bears

Next week’s WVU-Iowa State matchup is huge for both programs. ISU has a tremendous defense but is coming off a big emotional win over TCU while the Mountaineers were embarrassed at home. If WVU wins, then the Big 12 will be in total turmoil but if ISU wins, they will have an inside lane to the Big 12 title game.

Bedlam will likely determine a participant in the CCG. Both OU and OSU have one conference loss and a second conference loss may be too much to overcome. The game is in stillwater and ESPN has it as a virtual tossup (50.4% for OU to win).

TCU will now be tested by two more tough defenses in Texas and then Oklahoma. Those two weeks will determine if the Frogs are pretenders or contenders. They have the defense to make it to the title game but so does Texas.

Poll

What team will win the Big 12 Regular Season?

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Iowa State
    (368 votes)
  • 6%
    TCU
    (79 votes)
  • 32%
    Oklahoma
    (373 votes)
  • 18%
    Oklahoma State
    (210 votes)
  • 3%
    Texas
    (40 votes)
  • 6%
    West Virginia
    (71 votes)
1141 votes total Vote Now