What happened this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about Week 10 of the Big 12 season.
Big 12 Week 10 Roundup, Rankings, Bowl Projections & What You Need To Know
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Big 12 Week 10 Rankings
1. Oklahoma (7-2)
2. Oklahoma State (7-2)
3. West Virginia (7-1)
4. Kansas State (5-4)
5. Texas (5-4)
6. Baylor (6-2)
7. Texas Tech (4-5)
8. TCU (4-5)
9. Iowa State (1-8)
10. Kansas (1-8)
Big 12 Week 10 Roundup
TCU 62, Baylor 22
Prediction: Baylor 34, TCU 24, Baylor -8
Quick Take: Where was that all year, TCU? Kenny Hill was solid – throwing for 244 yards and running for 85 more – but Kyle Hicks settled down the team, and the season, with 192 yards and five scores on 26 carries. More than that, it was the defense that finally started to look the part again, coming up with stops here and there, coming up with a pick-six from Ranthony Texada, while the offense was rolling at will. It’s not going to be a lock with Oklahoma State, at Texas and Kansas State to close, but now the Horned Frogs are back in the bowl picture, needing one more victory.
Baylor just never had it. TCU played at a whole other level, and the Baylor defense couldn’t come up with anything defensively to slow the avalanche. Seth Russell threw for 282 yards, and the running game wasn’t totally miserable, but the team got caught flat-footed. It was a rough home game coming off the loss to Texas, and now that ends any possible College Football Playoff dreams. Beat Oklahoma on the road next week, thorough, and the Big 12 is back on the table.
West Virginia 48, Kansas 21
Prediction: West Virginia 45, Kansas 10, WVU -34.5
Quick Take: West Virginia got up 31-0 going into halftime and coasted from there. The Mountaineers got three touchdown passes from Skyler Howard and ran for two – making his own highlight reel – as the offense cranked it up and did exactly what it was supposed to in the Kansas off-week. The ground game got 100-yard days from Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy, and Daikiel Shorts and Shelton Gibson also came up with more than 100-yard receiving.
Kansas tried to make it interesting, with Steven Sims catching nine passes for 124 yards and a score, and the passing game starting to click in the second half, with Carter Stanley hitting 9-of-11 passes for 127 yards and two scores to go along with 34 rushing yards. The program is a sure-thing loss on the road at this point – losing 40 straight – but it gets someone its own size next week against Iowa State.
Oklahoma State 43, Kansas State 37
Prediction: Kansas State 30, Oklahoma State 27, KSU -2.5
Quick Take: Be really, really impressed by what Oklahoma State just did. This is a strong Kansas State defense that Mason Rudolph hung 457 yards and five touchdowns against. The running game showed a burst – it averaged seven yards per pop – but the passing attack was the star, pressuring the Wildcats all game long. But the Cowboys also got plenty of help.
There are two ways to look at Kansas State deciding to kick it away up nine on fourth-and-short from midfield – when the pounding ground game could’ve all but put the game out of reach. But the Wildcat D couldn’t come through when asked. The Wildcats held the ball for well over 36 minutes, and they won the turnover and penalty battles, but that, and the 345 rushing yards, weren’t enough.
Texas 45, Texas Tech 37
Prediction: Texas 47, Texas Tech 40, Texas -3.5
Quick Take: Is D’Onta Foreman in the Heisman running yet? Texas Tech can’t stop anyone’s running game, but 33 carries for 341 yards and three scores is impressive no matter what. It might have taken too much of a fight for the team to put the game away, and Foreman’s fumble that led to a 100-yard scoop-and-score kept things interesting, but it’s a road win for a team that’s struggled away from Austin. At some point, the Longhorns will put up the tremendous offensive numbers – Shane Beuchele threw for 244 yards and two scores, to go along with the team’s 414 rushing yards – and will have a breather. That has to be Kansas in a few weeks to ensure bowl eligibility if the Longhorns can’t get past West Virginia.
Texas Tech got a few breaks, and it stayed alive even though Patrick Mahomes only – in relative terms – threw for 367 yards and a score, but the defense was flattened by the Texas offensive line all game long. The Red Raiders had their chances late getting deep in Longhorn territory, but they couldn’t come through and pull off the comeback. Now it’s going to be close to impossible to go bowling – needing to win two against at Oklahoma State, at Iowa State, and Baylor.
Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 24
Prediction: Oklahoma 48, Iowa State 31, OU -21
Quick Take: It was a pedestrian effort by Oklahoma, but it was also a quirky weeknight game at Iowa State – weird things sometimes happen in Ames. Baker Mayfield was solid – throwing for 328 yards and four touchdowns – and Dede Westbrook was tremendous, as always, coming up with 131 yards and a score on seven catches, but it was Dimitri Flowers who was the key. Filling in for a suspended Joe Mixon and an injured Samaje Perine, he came up with a workmanlike 115 yards on 22 carries and a receiving score to steady the offense.
Iowa State was alive and kicking in the first half, but it couldn’t come up with that one big moment in the second to turn the game around. The offense had to get creative without an injured RB Mike Warren and without a running game, so QB Joel Lanning stepped in to lead the way with 61 yards and a score, while Jacob Park once again handled the passing game with 160 yards and two touchdowns. It was a good overall effort, but Oklahoma is playing like the best team in the Big 12 right now.
Big 12 Week 10 Bowl Projections
Allstate Sugar Bowl
Valero Alamo Bowl
Russell Athletic Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Heart of Dallas Bowl