Last week’s results kicked off the middle of the conference in another hairball, with five teams within games and a half of each other in the standings. More sorting will be needed for bowl eligibility and conference positioning as the schedule moves forward into November.
Oklahoma State and Baylor kept their places behind Oklahoma, and each can move into a league-leading game with wins on Saturday. The Sooners, along with Texas Tech, have the last two open dates of the regular season.
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TCU, what are you doing? The Horned Frogs are the latest to join the “pull the coach early” derby with the sack of head coach Gary Patterson. Maybe the timing of the announcement was designed to lose him in the weekend coverage of the games, Halloween, and NFL action news, but that doesn’t make it any less acceptable. . Neither does the “failing to meet expectations” reasoning, which has been built by a percentage of the media, and perhaps not built on a solid foundation.
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Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah tied his school’s record of four sacks in a
game on track to win Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. Uzomah now has 10 sacks on the season, leading the ranks of Division I FBS.
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Thirty FBS teams have returned at least one punt for a touchdown this year, and eight of them have two returns. None reside in the Big 12.
Kansas State (5-3 / 2-3) v Kansas State (1-7 / 0-5)
Sat Nov 6 12:00 PM * FS1
The Sunflower Showdown has such a nice name, but the games have often been controversial, if not always competitive. For those who only pay attention to recent history, it might come as a surprise to learn that the Jayhawks hold a 64-49 lead in 118 games to date. Sadly, they will lose a game with that advantage to the visiting Wildcats on Saturday, as K-State earn their 13th straight win in the series.
Baylor (7-1 / 4-1) at TCU (3-5 / 1-4)
Sat Nov 6 3:30 p.m. FOX
The Bears hit the road for the first time in over a month, but will find a team and a program in disarray after Patterson’s (let’s call it) sacking. It’s hard to expect the Horned Frogs to play for an interim head coach who was recruited by Patterson, and who will be gone at the end of the month. The Bears will be heading for an easy win.
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Oklahoma State (7-1 / 4-1) at West Virginia (4-4 / 2-3)
Sat, November 6 3:30 p.m. ESPN
West Virginia came out of a hole with wins over TCU and Iowa State over the past two weeks, but the Mountaineers definitely took advantage of a few shaky calls to secure the victory over the Cyclones. The Cowboys had a slight tune-up last week as they tacked Kansas and expect to limit West Virginia’s offense while closing the gap to the top spot in the Big 12.
Texas (4-4 / 2-3) at Iowa State (5-3 / 3-2)
Sat Nov 6 7:30 PM ESPU
Iowa State must be upset with their game, and a few breaks gone awry, in last week’s loss to WVU. Texas, well, it’s always difficult to know exactly where the Longhorns’ heads are, as excessive coverage often creates inordinate expectations. The Cyclones return home and drop the Longhorns below 0.500.
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