Big 12 Football, Week 5: Ranking the conferences best teams

Big 12 – Week 4 Recap

W-L Record: 4-2
Highest Points Scored: 70 (Baylor vs. Rice)
Lowest Points Scored: 14 (Kansas vs. Rutgers)
Largest Margin of Win: 53 (Baylor vs. Rice)
Smallest Margin of Win: 3 (TCU/Texas Tech, Oklahoma State/Texas)

BYE WEEK: Oklahoma (10/3 vs. West Virginia), Kansas State (10/3 @ Oklahoma State), Iowa State (10/3 vs. Kansas)

5. Oklahoma State (W 30-27 vs. Texas)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys had their hands full with the Texas Longhorns, who capitalized on two interceptions for touchdowns – a first since 2009 when Texas played – coincidentally – Oklahoma State.

With about five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, yellow flags gained more air time than Jerrod Heard’s pass attempts. And since penalty consistency was the only value to Texas during the last minutes, the game reached a tie at 27 apiece.

After a special teams folly against California in week three, the Longhorns couldn’t repel history and, instead, repeated the process with a punt mishap that handed Oklahoma State a small, yet opportunistic, amount of real estate along the 18-yard line with 36 seconds left.

At the end of the day, Texas conceived more penalty yards (130) than passing yards (119).

4. Texas Tech (L 52-55 vs. Texas Christian)

In a game that tallied 107 points, 1,357 yards and 69 first downs with zero turnovers on either side, the TCU/Texas Tech match-up certainly provided a fan with a grandiose account of how dynamic an offensive unit in the Big 12 can be.

But for Texas Tech last year, TCU wasn’t so generous to their fellow Big 12 member, as they tacked on 82 points and 785 yards to Tech’s 27 and 446. In that game, Boykin threw for seven touchdowns to five different targets.

Another reason for Tech’s loss were the blown calls by officials, especially on a controversial two-point conversion by TCU in the fourth quarter, in which a pass intended for Trevone Boykin caused him to lunge forward on his knees as the football contacted the ground. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, an immediate challenge was overruled, granting TCU the two points.

3. Oklahoma (bye)

Points per Game: 41.3
3rd Down Attempts/Conversions: 44/19 (43.18 percent)
First Downs (Total): 85
Total Offense: 1,660 yards

Next three for Oklahoma: West Virginia (10/3), Texas (10/10), Kansas State (10/17)

2. Baylor (W 70-17 vs. Rice)

Although acting as a charity on behalf of the Rice offense (allowed 20 first downs and 246 yards), the Baylor defense was yet again outperformed by the likes of an explosive Bears offense, who totaled 793 yards in 25 minutes and 42 seconds of possession.

At the halftime whistle alone, Baylor’s offense had already posted 444 total yards and 21 first downs as they led Rice 42-10.

And the dynamic duo of Seth Russell and Corey Coleman continued to steam roll opposing defenses as Coleman reeled in three of Russell’s five touchdown passes. Coleman also managed to record 100 yards of receiving for the day – nearly half of Russell’s 277 yards.

1. Texas Christian (W 55-52 @ Texas Tech)

While Tech had a speed burst on offense in its first two scoring drives (2:30 on eight plays), the Horned Frogs were unfazed in the first half as they converted 67 percent on third down and logged in 437 yards on offense thanks to to a 184-yard, three-touchdown effort by Josh Doctson.

Although both offenses ignited into a frenzy for a decent chunk of the contest, chaos didn’t ensue until 27 seconds ticked down in the fourth.

A pass initially consigned by Boykin to Josh Doctson, who ran into double coverage, ended up scraping Doctson’s fingertips in traffic, but with some strange act of physics, the ball landed in running back Aaron Green’s hands, sealing a TCU victory.

And the confirmed catch also spurred Tech fans to litter the endzone with water bottles, causing a slight delay.

In a game that alternated between who’s due up next to put seven on the board, the win probabilities of TCU and Texas Tech fluctuated as well as demonstrated in this chart:


44 West Virginia 6 Maryland

QB Skyler Howard: 21-of-33, 294 yards, 4 TD, INT
WR Shelton Gibson: 6 receptions, 118 yards, 2 TD

WVU – 37 first downs (offense), five interceptions (defense)

14 Kansas 27 Rutgers

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