An apparent wrist injury to Collin Klein could derail Kansas State's perfect season.
Kansas State moves closer to winning the Big 12, and Texas and TCU pick up big road wins in Week 10 of the Big 12.
K-State, which is now two wins away from the conference crown, may have taken a big hit to its chances in the process when Collin Klein left in the third quarter with an injury (as did Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt). Nothing has been released on the severity of the apparent wrist injury, but without him the Wildcats would have a tough hill to climb to keep their BCS title dreams alive.
With a few upsets and injuries this weekend around the conference, the table is set for an interesting final month of Big 12 action.
Hookem.com's Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 10
(1) 1. Kansas State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12)
Nine down, three to go. K-State took care of business against Oklahoma State despite having to sit Collin Klein due to the injury. The senior QB was still able to account for 309 total yards and a touchdown in his limited time against the Cowboys Saturday night. As long as KSU's Heisman frontrunner doesn't have lingering affects the Wildcats should be able to beat unranked TCU and Baylor on the road before hosting the Longhorns in the regular season finale with a potential spot in the BCS title on the line.
This week: 44-20 win over Oklahoma State
Next week: at TCU
(2) 2. Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1)
The Sooners got back into conference play after last week's loss to Notre Dame and took care of business against Iowa State in Ames. After a slow start Oklahoma turned it on through the second and third quarters and wound up with 593 yards of total offense, including 405 passing yards and four touchdowns from Landry Jones. The big offensive numbers should keep rolling in for Oklahoma over the next two weeks against Baylor and West Virginia leading up to Bedlam on Nov. 24.
This week: 35-20 win over Iowa State
Next week: vs. Baylor
(5) 3. Texas (7-2, 4-2)
It's alive! Texas played its best game of the season and looked like the team everybody expected to see since September. The Longhorns played well on offense, defense and special teams in its first win over a ranked opponent in two years. The Horns jump up two spots for their performance, and give hope for a strong finish to 2012.
This week: 31-22 win over Texas Tech
Next week: vs. Iowa State
(6) 4. Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2)
The Cowboys entered the weekend as the only team outside of K-State that controlled its own destiny for a Big 12 title. Five turnovers against the Wildcats ended any hope of a repeat at a conference crown, and even worse, they too lost their quarterback when Wes Lunt was injured in the third quarter. They'll need him this month with dates coming up against West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
This week: 30-44 loss to Kansas State
Next week: vs. West Virginia
Texas Tech was beaten in all thre phases of the game by Texas this weekend.
(3) 5. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3)
Texas Tech's defense didn't look like one of the best defenses in the conference when David Ash and Mike Davis were connecting for huge play after huge play. The Red Raiders had a chance to plant their flag as one of the top teams in the Big 12 this season, but were beaten by a better team Saturday afternoon in Lubbock.
This week: 22-31 loss to Texas
Next week: vs. Kansas
(7) 6. TCU (6-3, 3-3)
The other big road upset came from the Horned Frogs who went up to Morgantown and came out with a double-OT win. TCU held West Virginia to 150 yards below its season average, and quarterback Trevone Boykin won the quarterback battle going 12 of 29 for 254 yards and two scores. Next up is the No. 2 team in the country.
This week: 39-38 2OT win over West Virginia
Next week: vs. Kansas State
(4) 7. West Virginia (5-3, 2-3)
Things were much better on the WVU campus back in September. After beating Texas in early October, the Mountaineers are 0-3, their first three-game losing streak since 2004. Geno Smith has fallen off the radar, and the Mountaineer defense is allowing 39.8 points per game, 119th in the country. With back-to-back games against teams from the Sooner State coming up, the fourth and fifth losses in a row are a real possibility.
This week: 38-39 2OT loss to TCU
Next week: at Oklahoma State
(8) 8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4)
Iowa State held tough with Oklahoma, and actually led 7-6 with less than a minute to go before the half. But two long passes by Landry Jones, including a 21-yarder to Kenny Stills for a touchdown with 14 second left, gave the Sooners all the momentum they would need to run away with the win in the second half. The loss of linebacker Jake Knott earlier in the week surely hurt their defensive performance and will likely be an issue down the stretch for the Cyclones.
This week: 20-35 loss to Oklahoma
Next week: at Texas
(9) 9. Baylor (4-4, 1-4)
Baylor wins the Basement Bowl with a big win over Kansas. The one thing you can't say about the Bears is that they don't score points. While their defense is one of the worst you'll see, its offense scores a ton. Nick Florence threw for 367 yards and three scores and Lache Seastrunk had his first career 100-yard rushing day. They must win two of their next four - at Oklahoma, home against Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State - to become bowl eligible.
This week: 41-14 win over Kansas
Next week: at Oklahoma
(10) 10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6)
After a close game against Texas, Kansas couldn't keep up with the Baylor offense and now remain winless in their last 18 conference games. Michael Cummings threw two interceptions while running back James Sims - Kansas' lone bright spot - ran for over 100 yards for the fifth consecutive game.
This week: 14-41 loss to Baylor
Next week: at Texas Tech