Another Saturday is here which means another weekend closer to the Big 12 Championship game. While some teams are in the outside looking in, four teams have appeared to rise above the rest.
This Saturday will play a crucial role in who will take control of the Big 12 Conference as the top four teams are playing one another on the same day. Kansas State heads down to Fort Worth to take on TCU while Texas made the trip to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys have won eight out of their last twelve meetings with the Longhorns as they have clearly been the better program over the last decade. However, you can throw out the history books because this was a matchup between two good football teams. It was an absolute thriller that came right down to the wire as Oklahoma State pulled away late in a 41-34 victory. Here are my four thoughts on the game.
1. Oklahoma State’s Offense Took Control
What a game this was! It was back and fourth for four quarters and when the game was up for grabs, Oklahoma State’s offense took control. The defense struggled to stop the Texas offense for most of the game, but it was the offense who carried the team on Saturday. By no means did Spencer Sanders have his best game but he made a huge play late to take the lead. The run game wasn’t there but the connection between Spencer Sanders and his receivers was the difference for them. Spencer found Stephon Johnson Jr. a few times but it was the late pass to Bryson Green that helped win the game. With a little over three minutes left to play, Spencer hit him, and Green did the rest for a 41-yard score to take a 41-34 lead. This offense scored 41 points and racked up over 500 yards of offense. What is even more impressive is the fact that they were able to do that without several key players.
2. Quinn Ewers Was Not Quinn Ewers
Ever since his return, Quinn has played fairly well. He had a great game in the blowout of Oklahoma and even threw three touchdown passes last weekend against Iowa State. But against Oklahoma State, he did not look like himself. Quinn went just 19/49 and threw three costly interceptions. He overthrew his receivers all game long which is not something we normally see. Maybe it was the rowdy Oklahoma State crowd because that is not the quarterback I watched earlier in the year. He looked extremely rattled and uncomfortable out there in Stillwater.
3. This Was a Classic Big 12 Game
There has always been a narrative out there that the Big 12 doesn’t play any defense. For over a decade that has been screamed from rooftops by the national media. However, for the last few seasons that has not been true. There has been plenty of defense played in the conference as offenses have changed over the years. But what we saw in Stillwater on Saturday was a classic throwback Big 12 game where the offenses dominate. These two teams combined for over 1,050 yards of offense and scored a total of 75 points. By no means am I complaining about this, but this certainly didn’t help the national narrative that is out there. Maybe I am crazy but what if these two teams just have really good offenses?
4. Oklahoma State Keeps Their Title Hopes Alive
Obviously, this was a huge game between these two schools. Both teams have just one loss in conference play, and it is rare that you see a two-loss team in the Big 12 title game. I am not saying that won’t happen this season but with Oklahoma State winning, they now put themselves near the top of the Big 12. As for Texas, this was a crushing blow to their hopes of making it to Arlington. There is no question that they will need to win out to have a chance to get there. While this game didn’t decide the Big 12, it certainly played a big part of the title picture itself.