The Big Twelve conference no longer has a winless team thanks to Iowa State's Thursday night win at Tulsa, and the conference may now be a two horse race thanks to Oklahoma State getting shutdown at West Virginia.
Last week I wrote that Baylor may be the team to look out for in the Big Twelve. A few O-State fans took issue by saying that we should take into consideration a team's opponents before declaring them a conference front runner. I thought they were talking about the Bears but apparently they were talking about the Cowboys. The loss in Morgantown is inexcusable and, at this point in time, there's no way that OSU can be considered as a favorite in the conference anymore. Sure there's time to rebound and get back into the race but the Cowboys have already given a one game lead to Baylor and Oklahoma. On top of that, there were a lot of deficiencies exposed within this team on Saturday. You have to say that the conference is a two-horse race right now.
Here's a quick recap of the weekend's action.
Iowa State 38 - Tulsa 21: The Cyclones picked up their first win of the season and they did it with their offense. The 38 points that the Cyclones scored are a season high, eclipsing the previous high of 21 points in the loss to Iowa. Quarterback Sam Richardson threw for 255 yards and two scores while Aaron Wimberly ran for a season-high 137 yards. Now the question is, can ISU keep their offense humming against Texas on Thursday night?
West Virginia 30 - Oklahoma State 21: Shocker of the week! The Cowboys made just about every mistake imaginable in this game. Fumbles, interceptions, dropped passes, missed blocks, shanked punts, missed field goals and poor coaching decisions were on display in Morgantown. There's a lot of work to do in Stillwater this week.
TCU 48 - SMU 17: There's no doubt that the Horned Frogs played their best quarter of the season when they posted 31 fourth quarter points. Trevone Boykin passed for 228 yards and two scores with no turnovers and the TCU defense held SMU to 0.5 yards per carry while forcing five turnovers.
Oklahoma 35 - Notre Dame 21: Absolutely the best win for the Big XII this season! The conference has taken it on the chin in non-conference games but the Sooners brought a little redemption back. In just the second start of his career, Blake Bell passed for 232 yards and two scores while also rushing for 59 yards. The defense forced Irish quarterback Tommy Rees into throwing three interceptions and held him to just 104 total passing yards.