What a week it was in the Big 12.
The number of undefeated teams continues to dwindle, with Texas Tech and TCU each going down on Saturday. Oklahoma made it clear that it has not gone anywhere and will still be one of the top teams in the conference, and Iowa State played spoiler once again.
Meanwhile, West Virginia and Kansas State were able to avoid losses and remain the only two teams with unblemished records.
For West Virginia (5-0, 2-0), Saturday's 48-45 win over Texas (4-1, 1-1) proved that this team is a front-runner in the Big 12. Coming into the game, there was plenty of talk surrounding Geno Smith and his astounding numbers, but many wondered if the WVU defense could play well enough in Austin to give the team a chance.
It was a back and forth game throughout, but Smith's numbers were solid once again, with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, but the defense did what it had to do in the fourth quarter, coming up with a few big stops, to preserve the win for the Mountaineers. Andrew Buie also provided a pleasant surprise for West Virginia, as he ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Mountaineers find themselves in the top five now, and will look to avoid a letdown against Texas Tech next weekend.
The Red Raiders were undefeated going into their game against Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1), but came away with their first loss. Through the first half, this game was pretty close, but the Sooners opened up an 18-point lead before taking an interception back for a touchdown, which put the game out of reach. Oklahoma would hold on for the 41-20 win.
The Sooner defense forced three Seth Doege interceptions on the day and kept Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) from really ever getting anything going in the second half. Landry Jones threw for 259 yards and two scores for Oklahoma, who will face rival Texas next weekend. Texas Tech gets to host West Virginia.
The other undefeated team to fall was TCU (4-1, 1-1), which looked sloppy without Casey Pachall in its loss to Iowa State (4-1, 1-1). The loss snapped a 12-game winning streak that dated back to last year. The Cyclones gave the start at quarterback to Jared Barnett instead of Steele Jantz, and he had a solid day.
The first quarter was full of big plays, but the second half belonged to Iowa State. With just over seven minutes to play, David Irving returned an interception for a touchdown, which extended the lead to 37-23, which was eventually the final. Josh Lenz had a huge day for the Cyclones, hauling in 147 yards and three touchdowns on five catches. The Horned Frogs will have a tough test next week, as well, when they travel to Baylor. Iowa State will try to knock off another undefeated team when it hosts Kansas State.
The Wildcats were involved in the only other Big 12 game of the weekend, and while Kansas (1-4, 0-2) kept the game closer than expected for the first half of play, Kansas State (5-0, 2-0) dominated the second half and came away with a 56-16 win. The Jayhawks have hardly been competitive in this series. This was their 16th loss in the last 20 games, and they are obviously the worst team in this conference.
Collin Klein had another strong performance for Kansas State, but it was John Hubert's four rushing touchdowns that helped turn the game into a blowout. The five turnovers forced didn't hurt, either. Unfortunately for Kansas, the Jayhawks will have to face another high-powered offense next week when they take on Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State, along with Baylor, had the weekend off.
Kansas State and West Virginia have separated themselves as the only remaining undefeated teams in the league, but there are plenty of one-loss teams that are waiting for a slip-up in order to get back in the Big 12 race.
Week seven presents a few more quality matchups that will help shape the conference standings.