Lache Seastrunk's 185 rushing yards helped Baylor pull off its first ever win over a team ranked No. 1 in the country.
Things got a whole lot more interesting in the Big 12 with Kansas State losing to unranked Baylor Saturday night. They still sit atop our rankings with just one more win needed to ice the conference. However, one more loss and things get very interesting with Oklahoma, Texas and possibly Oklahoma State all lying in the weeds in case there's more chaos over the last few weeks of the regular season.
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(1) 1. Kansas State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12)
Disaster. Looking at the Baylor game going into the weekend you thought the Bears may have had a chance with the way their offense can put up points. The Bears kept coming and Kansas State couldn't get anything going behind another shaky performance from quarterback Collin Klein. The one-time Heisman favorite has now thrown four interceptions in his last two games and has the lowest quarterback ratings of the season over the last two weeks. Maybe it's lingering effects from the shot he took against Oklahoma State, but Klein hasn't looked anything like the guy that appeared to be a shoe in for the Heisman just a few short weeks ago.
Last game: 24-52 loss to Baylor
Next game: vs. Texas (Dec. 1)
(2) 2. Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1)
The Sooners dodged a major bullet Saturday night by squeaking past West Virginia. Landry Jones' six touchdown passes, including one on 4th-and-Goal with :24 left in the game to Kenny Stills, saved Oklahoma and put them in position to steal the Big 12 should Texas find a way to go to Manhattan and give K-State another loss in two weeks. It won't be that easy for the Sooners though as Bedlam comes next weekend in Norman against a hot OK State team.
Last game: 50-49 win over West Virginia
Next game: vs. Oklahoma State
(3) 3. Texas (8-2, 5-2)
While the Longhorns sat on the couch they came very close to all of a sudden becoming serious contenders for the Big 12 title. Had Oklahoma lost to West Virginia the Longhorns would have had a chance to win out and force a three-way tie atop the conference at 7-2. Alas, the Sooners pulled it out and now the Longhorns will have to hope either Oklahoma State or TCU can do what WVU couldn't. Oh yeah, Texas also has to take care of the Horned Frogs and K-State to even make it matter.
Last game: Off
Next game: vs. TCU (Nov. 22)
(4) 4. Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2)
The Pokes were impressive in their demolition of Texas Tech on Saturday. Clint Chelf started yet again for OSU, throwing for 229 yards and three scores. Incredibly, 174 of those yards and all three scores went to the same wide receiver, Isaiah Anderson. OSU has now won four straight over Tech, and has won by a combined score of 114-27 in the last two games. The Cowboys can now win out and, with help from the Longhorns, create a mess of two-loss teams at the top of the conference in early December.
Last game: 59-21 win over Texas Tech
Next game: at Oklahoma
(6) 5. TCU (6-4, 3-4)
TCU joined Texas in taking the week off to prepare for their Thursday night showdown on Thanksgiving. The Horned Frogs will come to Austin having lost three of their last four and four of their last six games in conference.
Last game: Off
Next game: at Texas (Nov. 22)
(5) 6. Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4)
What Mike Gundy is doing in Stillwater apparently Tech's Tommy Tuberville has no answer for. There were blocked punts, interceptions, explosive plays, you name it. Tech was looking like a possible sleeper in the Big 12 with a 3-1 start in conference play, but the Red Raiders have gone just 1-3 since, with the one win coming in overtime against Kansas. Things have gone south fast on the Plains and only a game at home against Baylor remains in a season that started with such promise.
Last game: 21-59 loss to Oklahoma State
Next game: vs. Baylor
West Virginia's Tavon Austin rushed for 344 yards in a losing effort to Oklahoma on Saturday.
(7) 7. West Virginia (5-5, 2-5)
The slide continues in Morgantown. West Virginia was handed its fifth straight loss thanks to Landry Jones' six TDs Saturday night. Despite getting a school record 344 rushing yards from Tavon Austin and out-gaining Oklahoma by over 100 yards, it was the Mountaineer defense that yet again couldn't hold up its end of the deal. Landry Jones set a school record of his own with 554 yards against the country's worst pass defense. Things could be looking up for WVU with dates against Iowa State and Kansas to end the year.
Last game: 49-50 loss to Oklahoma
Next game: at Iowa State (Nov. 23)
(9) 8. Baylor (5-5, 2-5)
How 'bout them Bears! Nick Florence threw for 238 yards and got a career-high 185 rushing yards from Lache Seastrunk and 113 more from Glasco Martin against what was one of the top rushing defenses in the country entering the weekend. There was never a question that Baylor could score points. When its defense finds a way to hold opponents under 40 points it has a very good chance of winning, something it's failed to do time and again in 2012. What was most surprising in this win was the weak Baylor D forcing three Collin Klein interceptions and holding K-State to just 8-of-19 on third-down conversions.
Last game: 52-24 win over Kansas State
Next game: at Texas Tech
(8) 9. Iowa State (6-5, 3-5)
The Cyclones made no doubt about who belongs at the bottom of the conference with a drubbing of the Kansas Jayhawks. Steele Jantz was yanked early in the game in favor of redshirt freshman Sam Richardson who went on to throw for 250 yards and four scores. ISU also got 89 rushing yards from Jeff Woody and forced four KU turnovers to keep the Jayhawks winless in the conference. Richardson, who hadn't attempted a pass all year before Saturday, will now likely be rewarded by going up against that horrible WVU pass defense next week.
Last game: 51-23 win over Kansas
Next game: vs. West Virginia (Nov. 23)
(10) 10. Kansas (1-10, 0-8)
The good news is basketball season has started. The bad news is Kansas still has one more football game to go before this miserable season is done with. The Jayhawks got 81 rushing yards from James Sims, but four turnovers were way too much to overcome against Iowa State. KU will go up against West Virginia in two weeks and try to get that elusive conference win, a result that has escaped Kansas for 20 games.
Last game: 23-51 loss to Iowa State
Next game: at West Virginia (Dec. 1)