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Big 12 Roundup & Recap: Oklahoma, Baylor and Everyone Else?

Is the Big 12 a two-team race already?

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#6 Oklahoma Sooners (6-0, 3-0) 34, #11 Texas Longhorns (4-2, 2-1) 27

Yes, you read that right. A year after giving a humiliating performance in the Cotton Bowl to help fuel a Texas upset, OU’s defense stymied the the Longhorns and their star quarterback Sam Ehlinger for the better part of four quarters. UT gained 310 yards on 74 plays, an average of just 4.2 yards per snap. OU sacked Ehlinger nine times on the day.

Missed tackles, banged up defenders, and a masterful game plan by Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley were the stories of the game when the Sooners had the ball. Riley often used star receiver CeeDee Lamb as the inside receiver to the boundary, then put him in motion to get favorable matchups and force the Longhorns defense to show man or zone before the snap. The misdirection from Lamb’s motion helped, too.

#22 Baylor Bears (6-0, 3-0) 33, Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-3, 1-2) 30

Baylor got nice field position on their last possession of the first half and moved the ball into “I guess you can try it” field goal range. They missed it and the half ended 6-3 in favor of Tech. The second half immediately opened with offense. Baylor got a great 60 yard kickoff return to start with excellent field position. They capitalized on a 5 play touchdown drive, with Brewer running the ball in for a score. Baylor led 10-6


Baylor and Oklahoma have separated themselves as the leaders in the conference. The two will meet on November 16. Oklahoma should be undefeated going into that game (v West Virginia, @ Kansas State, v Iowa State). Baylor has a bit trickier schedule with a home game against WVU sandwiched between road dates with Oklahoma State and TCU. If the Bears survive their three-game stretch, Baylor has two games to win the conference regular season title.

The Bears will host Oklahoma and then Texas in back to back weeks. At that point, Baylor could be lining up both a College Football Playoff and conference championship game appearance.