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Big 12 Football Week 13: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Another week has come in gone in the Big 12 Conference. After another great Saturday of games, there is always plenty to discuss. Here is the good, the bad, and ugly from Week 13 in the Big 12.

The Good

Texas (Beat Baylor 38-27)

It was a weird game for the Longhorns, but they managed to pull off a big win over Baylor on Friday afternoon. Quinn Ewers once again didn’t have his best game, but he didn’t have to thanks to his running back Bijan Robinson who rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. I also must give credit to the defense and defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. The Texas defense shutout the Baylor offense in the second half as the Bears only score came from a scoop and a score. How crazy is it that this team turned the ball over four times and still won by double digits? I know Texas didn’t make it to the Big 12 title game, but an 8-4 season is a heck of a lot better than their 5-7 record a year ago. Is Texas back? No but they are getting better.

 

West Virginia (Beat Oklahoma State 24-19)

Garrett Greene got another start to this game and unfortunately, he got injured. Luckily for the offense, they were able to run all over Oklahoma State for a whopping 250 yards. Jaylen Anderson led the way with 155 yards and two touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Defensively, they gave up some yards but did a decent job overall. I am not sure what to make of the win because Oklahoma State didn’t have Spencer Sanders but winning on the road isn’t easy. The biggest question is, will this be the last game for Neal Brown at West Virginia after a disappointing 5-7 season?

TCU (Beat Iowa State 62-14)

This was by far the easiest Big 12 game TCU has played this season. They completely blew the doors off Iowa State like they did all the way back in 2014 when they won 55-3. Max Duggan threw three touchdown passes and I will keep saying that he belongs in New York City for the Heisman ceremony. From offense, defense, and special teams, the Horned Frogs dominated on Saturday. With the win, they become the first Big 12 team to go undefeated in conference play since 2016 and are the first Big 12 team to finish the regular season undefeated since Texas back in 2009. TCU is now just one more win away from making the College Football Playoff.

Texas Tech (Beat Oklahoma 51-48)

You can throw away the defense in this game because this felt like a classic Big 12 shootout in Lubbock. Tyler Shough put the offense on his back as he threw for 436 yards and two touchdowns. His favorite target? Jerand Bradley who had 173 receiving yards and a score. Texas Tech let it fly in this game, but they also tried to establish a run game as they attempted 45 rushes in the game. The Red Raiders kept fighting and made a big stop in overtime to give the offense a chance to win the game. And give credit to Trey Wolff for drilling the 35-yard field goal to win it. With the victory, Tech is now 7-5 and they have wins over Texas and Oklahoma in the same season for the first time in school history. It also took me a minute, but I just realized that Texas Tech finished fourth in the Big 12 so shoutout to Joey McGuire for a job well done.

 

Kansas State (Beat Kansas 47-27)

Will Howard has been stealing the headlines for Kansas State, but this game was all about Deuce Vaughn. He led the Wildcats in rushing (147 yards) and receiving (82 yards) to lead the offense. Kansas had no answer to slow him down and he went off on them. Kansas State didn’t play a perfect game, but they took advantage of their opportunities. With the win, Kansas State has punched their ticket to Arlington where they will play TCU for the Big 12 title.

The Bad

Baylor (Lost 38-27 to Texas)

This was just a bad game for Baylor all around and I am a little surprised to see them play this poorly after a loss. The defense hasn’t been good at all over the last few games and despite getting four turnovers, they gave up 38 points to Texas. But the offense wasn’t much better because the passing game wasn’t there with Blake Shapen. This offense was pathetic in the second half because they didn’t score a single point outside of the scoop and score from the defense. There may need to be a serious discussion after this season about the quarterback situation because there is no reason that Baylor should be 6-6 this season. What a disappointing season it has been in Waco.

Oklahoma (Lost 51-48 to Texas Tech)

This felt a lot like the Bedlam game last weekend but without the win. Oklahoma was up 17-0 early and then the defense fell apart as they gave up almost 600 yards. The secondary for Oklahoma wasn’t good because they couldn’t slow down the air attack from Texas Tech. I know the offense stalled out at times but if you score 48 points that should be more than enough to win the game. With the loss, the Sooners fall to 6-6 as they will finish eighth in the Big 12 this season. It’s going to be a long offseason in Norman to say the least.

 

Kansas (Lost 47-27 to Kansas State)

I have said for a while now that this team will continue to struggle if they can’t stop the run. Kansas has the worst run defense in the Big 12 and they continued that trend on Saturday night. They allowed Kansas State to run for over 200 yards and had trouble getting off the field on third down. Plus, they made some early mistakes that put them down early between the safety and the muffed punt. While it was good to see Jalon Daniels look like his old self, I just wish the defense could help out more.

The Ugly

Oklahoma State (Lost 24-19 to West Virginia)

I will start by saying that this defense was pathetic trying to slow down West Virginia’s rushing attack. The Cowboys gave up 250 yards on the ground which was shocking considering they knew what was coming. As for the offense, it was just ugly. I know they didn’t have Spencer Sanders, but they couldn’t stay on the field long enough. Whether it was quick three and outs or mistakes, they just couldn’t get a whole lot going with Garret Rangel. Also, this was a terrible game for offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn and honestly, they may need to make a change on the offensive side of the ball with some of the staff.

Iowa State (Lost 62-14 to TCU)

The score here tells the entire story of the game. It was never close as TCU had a 24-0 lead after the first quarter. The defense collapsed and the offense didn’t do anything. In fact, they gave up just as many points as they scored because both Hunter Dekkers and Rocco Becht threw pick sixes. The special teams stink and to be honest this was a fitting way to end a bad season. The offense needs a lot of work, and I am not sure that the current offensive staff is capable of getting things fixed. Matt Campbell is going to have to make some tough decisions this offseason, but it is needed. There is no reason that this team should finish the season at 4-8 after staring the year 3-0.

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