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Big 12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6


What happened in all the Week 6 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 6 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Big 12 predictions so far? SU: 31-10, ATS: 17-15

1. Oklahoma (3-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma 45, Texas 40
Prediction: Texas 37, Oklahoma 31, OU -10.5
Up Next: Kansas State
Oklahoma 40, Texas 40: What Does It All Mean?

Quick Take: There’s a fine line between the season going into the tank and it being potentially good enough to be in the hunt for a conference title. As long as Baker Mayfield is throwing for 390 yards and three scores with a rushing touchdown, and Samaje Perine is running for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and Dede Westbrook is ripping off 232 receiving yards and three scores, this is the OU of the past. Yeah, it’s 3-2 now, but it’s unbeaten in conference play.

2. Baylor (5-0)

Up Next: Kansas

3. West Virginia (4-0)

Up Next: at Texas Tech

4. Kansas State (3-2)

Final Score: Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 38
Prediction: Kansas State 30, Texas Tech 27, Kansas State -7.5
Up Next: at Oklahoma

Quick Take: The Wildcat defense couldn’t seem to slow down the Texas Tech attack, and the passing yards came in bulk, but when the team needed a key stop, it got it. Meanwhile, Kansas State did what it needed to do with the running game coming up with 128 yards from Charles Jones and an effective 83 from QB Jesse Ertz. It might not have been an explosive performance, but it was effective enough. And now comes the real fun – beat Oklahoma, and the Wildcats can start thinking big.

5. Oklahoma State (4-2)

Final Score: Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31
Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Iowa State 30, OSU -17
Up Next: at Kansas (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: The Cowboys don’t make things easy. They struggled, they sputtered, and they got in big trouble, but Mason Rudolph went to work, James Washington got hot – finishing with 152 yards and two scores on eight catches – and they survived and moved on. They didn’t turn the ball over, the D came up with three key takeaways, and the big comeback and tough win were complete. Now OSU gets a break before going to Kansas.

6. Texas (2-3)

Final Score: Oklahoma 45, Texas 40
Prediction: Texas 37, Oklahoma 31, OU -10.5
Up Next: Iowa State

Quick Take: There’s still a chance for Texas to make a big run. Iowa State, at Kansas State, Baylor, at Texas Tech, West Virginia, at Kansas, TCU – the Longhorns can run the table. And they might have to if Charlie Strong will be back. But for now, at least the defense started to come up with takeaways with two picks and two fumble recoveries. That was nice, but OU ripped off 672 yards of total offense, and that’s the big issue – this D just isn’t producing, and that’s what Strong is good at. D’Onta Foreman was a bear running the ball with 159 yards and two scores, and Shane Buechele was solid, but the secondary still has to figure out how to come up with a stop on the deep balls.

7. TCU (4-2)

Final Score: TCU 24, Kansas 23
Prediction: TCU 48, Kansas 17, TCU -29
Up Next: at West Virginia (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: So what was the problem? Turnovers, with four of them, but the defense came up with four takeaways of its own. The defense continues to be a big, big problem, with a total inability to come up with a key stop and getting bombed on for 348 yards – by Kansas. Kenny Hill barely showed up – even with 206 yards and a score and a rushing score – with his three picks and mistakes a problem, but it’s the D. With two weeks off, Gary Patterson and staff have a ton of tweaking to do.

8. Texas Tech (3-2)

Final Score: Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 38
Prediction: Kansas State 30, Texas Tech 27, Kansas State -7.5
Up Next: West Virginia

Quick Take: It should’ve worked. Texas Tech controlled the time of possession, and they got the passing game going with Patrick Mahomes playing through his banged up shoulder and throwing for 504 yards, but on key fourth downs, and late in the game, the machine shut down. Kansas State adjusted in the second half, Texas Tech couldn’t overcome the changes, and it let one slip away.

9. Iowa State (1-5)

Final Score: Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31
Prediction: Oklahoma State 41, Iowa State 30, OSU -17
Up Next: at Texas

Quick Take: Ugh, Iowa State – you HAD them. Up in the fourth quarter, this was when the running game was supposed to go to work, but instead it didn’t close the game out and Oklahoma State came roaring back to pull off the win. The Cyclones can’t quite get enough out of either quarterback – Joel Lanning or Jacob Park – but Lanning was able to lead the team in rushing. That’s not a positive. Mike Warren ran just nine times for 50 yards, and the team couldn’t get the O into a groove. The Cyclones have been competitive, but they’ve got little to show for it.

10. Kansas (1-4)

Final Score: TCU 24, Kansas 23
Prediction: TCU 48, Kansas 17, TCU -29
Up Next: at Baylor

Quick Take: At some point the Jayhawks are going to catch the right break. They almost had it with the brilliant way they got into field goal range in the final moments to almost pull off the massive upset, but at least the team showed more competitiveness and fight. Ryan Willis threw three picks, but he also threw for 348 yards and ran for a score – and he almost pulled it off. Kansas outgained TCU 470 yards to 366 – for now, that’s a huge step forward.