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Big 12 football, Week 8: Ranking the 5 best teams


Impact Performances of the Week

Trevone Boykin
23-of-32, 436 yards, 4 TD; 13 carries, 71 yards, TD

Seth Russell
20-of-33, 380 yards, 5 TD; 14 carries, 160 yards, TD

Zack Sanchez

Largest Margin of Victory: 55 (Oklahoma/Kansas State)
Most Points Scored: 62 (Baylor)
Smallest Margin of Victory: 10 (Texas Tech/Kansas)
Least Points Scored: 20 (Kansas)

5. Texas Tech (W 30-20 vs. Kansas)

Providing the conference with an outburst of offense, Texas Tech managed to struggle against the Big 12’s worst school in Kansas. In the second quarter alone, the Red Raiders were restricted to only a field goal and after all was said and done, posted one of their lowest outcomes of the season with 30 points.

4. Oklahoma State (bye week)

Aside from Oklahoma and Baylor, Oklahoma State boasts one of the Big 12’s best, if not the most premiere, defense in the conference. They occupy second place in total defense (332.2 yards per game) and scoring defense (20.3 points per game).

3. Oklahoma (W 55-0 vs. Kansas State)

This week against an offense, whose quarterback rushed for four touchdowns against TCU, Oklahoma was beyond obligated to compensate for its rugged offensive production against Texas. Baker Mayfield also regained his own momentum from last week by distributing five passing touchdowns to zero interceptions.

2. Texas Christian (W 45-21 vs. Iowa State)

After allowing Iowa State a visit to the end zone three times, TCU’s fragile defense mustered up some strength to shutout the Cyclones in Ames. Resuming his role as the offense’s captain, Trevone Boykin continued his surge with five all-purpose touchdowns. And much like the duo of Seth Russell-Corey Coleman at Baylor, the two-headed monster of Boykin and Josh Doctson (10 receptions, 190 yards, 2 TD) present a lethal charge for any defense.

Note: TCU and Baylor meet for their season closers on November 27.

1. Baylor (W 62-38 vs. West Virginia)

Regardless of being accented by a number of injuries during the game, West Virginia kept things spicy for the first half, outscoring Baylor 27-17. Once again, Baylor faced another problem child from an opponent’s quarterback. Two weeks ago, Patrick Mahomes ripped the hairs out of Baylor’s head, but West Virginia’s Skyler Howard spooked the Baylor defense with three first-half touchdown passes. And regardless of Howard’s offense, Baylor remained the Big 12’s powerhouse in offense, whose run will likely continue against Iowa State next week.

Upcoming Big 12 Schedule – Week 8

Kansas State at Texas (noon)
Iowa State at Baylor (noon)
Texas Tech at Oklahoma (3:30)
Kansas at Oklahoma State (4:30)

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