Around The Big 12: Week Three

By Chris Hengst

West Virginia Mountaineers:

Dana Holgorsen’s crew was idle, their head coach suspiciously on a bye week when topless pictures of Kate Middleton surfaced. I’m not saying it but it’s awfully convenient for an amateur photographer to hide in the shadows of Appalachia.

Kansas Jayhawks:

Rock Chalk didn’t lay down to TCU in the first conference game of the season. Unfortunately, Kansas only produced six points of offense. I’m guessing the “decided schematic advantage” Charlie Weis joke is too dated to use but come on, it’s still funny.

Texas Tech Red Raiders:

Rolling right through a non-conference slate as soft as silk, the red and black dismantled New Mexico this weekend. Seth Doege’s six touchdown passes would impress 97% of fans in college football. Those in Lubbock simply smirk and wonder why it wasn’t seven.

Oklahoma Sooners:

There wasn’t much for the Sooners to accomplish during a bye week other than getting healthy and looking to this Saturday’s home game against Kansas State. Never one to let a teaching opportunity pass, Bob Stoops kidnapped the K-State Mask and pitted him against strength coach Jerry Schmidt in a cage match. Mask may do his next YouTube performance via hospital bed.

Baylor Bears:

The Bears struggled in the first half against FCS opponent Sam Houston before pulling away after the break. That’s less frightening than the notion that Arkansas seems ready, according to their 247 Sports site, to pony up in the realm of $4 million annually for John L. Smith’s replacement. Art Briles is on the list and while firmly committed to Waco, does a $1.5 million raise sway him?

Kansas State Wildcats:

Another ugly win for Bill Snyder’s squad, this one against the mighty Mean Green of North Texas. As efficient as Kansas State was hosting Miami, they were that bad Saturday. Repeat the performance and Oklahoma curb stomps them, spring an upset and just make Snyder the Secretary of State already.

Texas Longhorns:

David Ash and the Texas offense hazed the Ole Miss defense to the tune of 59 points in Oxford. What’s worse? The idea that some poor Rebel pledge had it taken out on him because of the loss or Hugh Freeze being booed during his Sunday sermon?

TCU Horned Frogs:

Gary Patterson’s outfits normally don’t fumble and stumble and spaz their way to victory. Beating Kansas 20-6 in their Big 12 opener worked for the win column but this is not an ideal conference to smoke away red zone opportunities. I know, I know, I had to work it in somehow.

Iowa State Cyclones:

The foe? Western Illinois. The record? 3-0. Paul Rhoads’ pride level? So damn high.

Oklahoma State Cowboys:

Wes Lunt injured his left knee and replacement J.W. Walsh torched Louisiana-Lafayette for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns. Both may play against Texas in two weeks. It’s really up to T-Boone or as he says, “the way I make the wind blow.”

Chris Hengst is a College Football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ShootyHoops.

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