Big 12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5

Big 12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5

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Big 12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5


What happened in all the Week 5 Big 12 games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Big 12 rankings and analysis.


Big 12 Week 5 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Big 12 predictions so far? SU: 27-9, ATS: 14-14

1. Oklahoma (2-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma 52, TCU 46
Prediction: TCU 38, Oklahoma 34, Oklahoma -3.5
Up Next: Texas

Quick Take: Wipe brow … phew. It would’ve been a long, long week before dealing with Texas if the Sooners had blown this. The offense balanced, and Baker Mayfield cranked out the one final drive needed just to slow down the momentum, but it was almost an epic collapse that might’ve been a season-ender. But the O line finally started to hum, paving the way for 260 yards and five scores, and Dede Westbrook was fantastic catching seven passes for 158 yards and two scores, but this was Mayfield’s game. Now the Sooners can start dreaming about a Big 12 title again.

2. Baylor (5-0)

Final Score: Baylor 45, Iowa State 42
Prediction: Baylor 41, Iowa State 16, Baylor -16
Up Next: Kansas (Oct. 15)

Quick Take: The passing game didn’t work, but Baylor has a ground game, too. Give credit to Iowa State for fighting the good fight, but there’s a big problem now worrying about a Bear defense that couldn’t slow down a mediocre attack. Fortunately for BU, it has a running game. So Seth Russell couldn’t get the air show flying – Shock Linwood ran for 237 yards and a score, Terence Williams ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and Russell helped the cause on the ground. Baylor averaged 7.6 yards per pop and ran for 469 yards, but still needed a field goal at the buzzer.

3. Oklahoma State (3-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma State 49, Texas 31
Prediction: Texas 37, Oklahoma State 34, OSU -2.5
Up Next: Iowa State

Quick Take: The run defense might have been rumbled over, and it might have been a rough first half, but the offense was balanced and the defense was terrific in the second half at getting off the field. Even with star WR James Washington knocked out in the third quarter, Mason Rudolph still did a nice job with 392 yards for the day with three touchdowns. Now the Cowboys are back in the Big 12 title hunt.

4. TCU (3-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma 52, TCU 46
Prediction: TCU 38, Oklahoma 34, Oklahoma -3.5
Up Next: at Kansas

Quick Take: While Kenny Hill was impressive, and the fourth quarter comeback attempt was breathtaking, TCU dug way too big a hole to climb out of. And now it’s time to accept reality – the defense just isn’t going to get any better. It might have come up with a few big stops to let the offense get back in the game, but that’s only after getting gouged by the OU offensive balance. Hill threw for 449 yards and five scores, and Taj Williams went off catching five passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s not enough to overcome the defensive issues – there’s just no pressure, or not enough.

5. West Virginia (4-0)

Final Score: West Virginia 17, Kansas State 16
Prediction: Kansas State 31, West Virginia 27, WVU -3.5
Up Next: at Texas Tech

Quick Take: That’s a fantastic Kansas State defense that West Virginia came back to beat. The Mountaineers dug their own hole with several missed opportunities, but when they had to rally back, Skyler Howard was able to do it to keep the under-the-radar unbeaten season alive. It might not always be pretty, but between the BYU game, and now this, West Virginia is turning into a good gut-check team that’s finding ways to get the job done. It would be nice if it was a little easier, and it’s not going to be against Texas Tech.

6. Texas (2-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma State 49, Texas 31
Prediction:Texas 37, Oklahoma State 34, OSU -2.5
Up Next: Oklahoma

Quick Take: And now it might be win or bust against Oklahoma for Charlie Strong. The Longhorn secondary just can’t seem to tackle, and it couldn’t come up with a key stop until the second half. The ground game was fantastic with D’Onta Foreman averaging 8.7 yards per try, and an Chris Warren averaging 10.6 yards per carry, but the offense fell flat in the second half – even with the ground game working.

7. Texas Tech (3-1)

Final Score: Texas Tech 55, Kansas 19
Prediction: Texas Tech 54, Kansas 20, Texas Tech -28.5
Up Next: at Kansas State

Quick Take: It was an easy, breezy win over the free space team on the Texas Tech slate, but the offense lost Patrick Mahomes to a shoulder injury. He threw for 277 yards and four scores before getting crunched, but Nick Shimonek came up with 271 yards and a four touchdown performance in relief. It’s the system – and the player. The Next QB Up for Texas Tech will produce under Kliff Kingsbury.

8. Kansas State (2-2)

Final Score: West Virginia 17, Kansas State 16
Prediction: Kansas State 31, West Virginia 27, WVU -3.5
Up Next: Texas Tech

Quick Take: This was the exact type of game Kansas State should’ve been able to close out. It had the lead in the fourth quarter, it got the breaks and the mistakes from West Virginia, and everything seemed in place – except for the offense. The defense did a tremendous job against the run, but K-State was a disaster trying to run the ball and couldn’t get any downfield passing game going. The Cats will be kicking themselves for letting this one go.

9. Iowa State (1-4)

Final Score: Baylor 45, Iowa State 42
Prediction: Baylor 41, Iowa State 16, Baylor -16
Up Next: at Oklahoma State

Quick Take: It might have been a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds, but call it a major step forward – at least for the offense. The run defense didn’t have a prayer of slowing down a Baylor ground game that came up with gash after gash, but Joel Lanning was almost flawless completing 17-of-23 passes for 261 yards and three scores with a rushing touchdown, while Mike Warren had his second straight great week with 130 yards and two scores.

10. Kansas (1-3)

Final Score: Texas Tech 55, Kansas 19
Prediction: Texas Tech 54, Kansas 20, Texas Tech -28.5
Up Next: TCU

Quick Take: Kansas was outclassed from the start. With no downfield passing game, there wasn’t any hope once the Red Raiders got into a groove right away. Making things worse was a bad day from the offensive line that couldn’t keep QB Ryan Willis upright, but this was over after the first half. At some point, the Jayhawks have to start figuring out how to come up with a deep downfield completion.

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