Big 12 Football: After Further Review Week Eight
Big 12 Football: After Further Review Week Eight
The Big 12 title race is starting to take shape after the Kansas State Wildcats demolished the West Virginia Mountaineers 55-14. The Wildcats are now well on their way to getting head coach Bill Snyder his first national championship. K-State leaped over the Oregon Ducks in this week’s BCS rankings and for good reason. The Wildcat resume is impressive and Collin Klein has now placed himself a Heisman front-runner.
Five Big 12 teams are in the BCS rankings, but two are completely out of the national title race and need a lot of help to even make a run in the conference. The Texas Longhorns find themselves at 23 after a much-needed win against the Baylor Bears; however with two conference losses already the Horns have an outside chance as it is to win the conference. WVU has embarked on a collapse that has left Geno Smith without the support from people who formerly had him as the Heisman leader. How quickly things change.
Honorable mention goes to the TCU Horned Frogs, who have been plagued with an off-season and regular season plagued with turmoil with too many suspensions to count and injuries, but are still competing in their new conference. They’ve learned that 50 points and 500 yards doesn't guarantee you a victory in the Big 12, but Gary Patterson and even the fans should feel good about the way redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin has stepped in as the field general and has looked better each week. With their back against the wall against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Boykin led the offense on their final five drives in regulation and overtime to 184 yards, three touchdown passes and two field goals.
The Eye Of The Wildcat
Enough with all the, it’s ugly talk. The Wildcats have put together pure beauty on the football field. Many writers and television experts have made the claim all season long that K-State doesn’t exactly wow people with their play, but the offense has been the opposite. Saturday’s beat down of WVU was the fourth time this season the Collin Klein led offense has put up 50 points. The defense remains as one of the best in the conference. They are only behind the Oklahoma Sooners in scoring defense and have the best turnover margin in the conference. It’s time to take this team serious.
Red Raiding The Conference
Did anyone really think the Red Raiders would be a serious contender after seven games? Does anyone see them as a serious contender now? The loss to the Sooners certainly doesn’t help the national perception of TTU and fans didn’t even think the winning ways would continue this season. This team is probably the biggest enigma in the conference. Texas Tech was picked by the media to finish ninth in the pre-season poll, but has become the second team behind K-State to gain bowl eligibility. Depending on what bowl predictions you look at, the Red Raiders are currently picked to play in the Cotton Bowl.
The Pass Happy Gimmick
Geno Smith has been brought down to reality, but is there anyone who saw this coming? The fact is Smith was putting up stellar numbers, but it all came against really bad or fairly bad defenses. While it’s easy and all week will be popular to say Smith is overrated and nothing more than a product of a pass-happy gimmick offense, that’s just not true. To quote Vice President Joe Biden, “this is a bunch of stuff.” Don’t forget Smith was even looked at as a slightly better pro prospect than Landry Jones before the season began. Smith has an arm and the accuracy that will help him excel at the next level. So while the Heisman talk may end, he may still have a bright future at the next level.
Return Of The Mack
All the problems the Longhorns have are now solved. The talent the Horns bring in is performing at the level needed to get back in the BCS championship. Ok, seriously now, sarcasm just felt like the thing to do. This defense is atrocious; how is so much talent incapable of stopping anyone? The Texas defensive unit has allowed 36, 48, 63 and 50 points this season. The question has to be asked; if Will Muschamp was still the man in charge, would the defense be performing so poorly? When the basic fundamentals are missing, coaching becomes the scapegoat. Once Mack Brown decided to implement an overhaul within the coaching staff, he sealed his fate. If the new staff goes through another year of disappointment, then the Longhorns may have a new head man in charge very soon.
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