If there was any doubt that Kansas State was the front-runner to win the Big 12, those doubts were erased Saturday night in Morgantown.
Oklahoma may be playing as well as anyone else in the conference at this point, but the Sooners already had their shot at Kansas State, and they came up short. This weekend, they could have used some help from West Virginia, but the Mountaineers were no match for the fourth-ranked Wildcats (7-0, 3-0).
The first drive of the game ended in a Kansas State field goal, but that was as close to a stop as the West Virginia defense would get in the first eight drives. The Wildcats opened up a 52-7 lead on the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-2) before sealing the 55-14 win.
This was the second week in a row in which West Virginia was embarrassed. The Mountaineers will be going into a bye week now with a lot of wrongs to right. The defense had been the team's biggest liability in the first five games, but the offense has been slowed in consecutive weeks now, as well.
As for Kansas State, the win helped them keep a lead on Oklahoma in the Big 12 standings. The Sooners have looked much better over the last few weeks, but they need the Wildcats to lose two games in order to win the conference outright. With the way Collin Klein is playing, that seems unlikely.
For now, all Oklahoma (5-1, 3-1) can do is win, and the team is doing a good job of that at this point in the season. The Sooners played Kansas in week eight, which has been the worst team in the conference all year. As expected, their game wasn't even close.
The Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4) trailed 52-0 in the fourth quarter before scoring a touchdown in garbage time, making the final 52-7. There seems to be such a gap between the rest of the teams and Kansas, that it's hard to see where the Jayhawks may get a win.
The Sooners have one of the biggest games of the year coming up, though. They'll play undefeated Notre Dame next weekend with a chance to knock the Irish out of the National Title picture. Oklahoma may have trouble catching Kansas State, but this team is looking like one of the best in the country right now, and a win next week would only solidify that claim.
Texas (5-2, 2-2) is one of the teams that felt the wrath of Oklahoma, as the Longhorns were dominated in the Red River Rivalry last week. There may not have been a team in the conference that needed a win as bad as Texas, and with a defense that has had some major issues this season, a showdown with Baylor's high-powered offense looked dangerous.
As expected, the game was full of offensive fireworks, but Texas was able to hold on to win, 56-50. This wasn't very encouraging for the Longhorn defense, but with a game against Kansas coming up next, this was a good win to try to get back on a winning streak.
This was the second time this year that Baylor (3-3, 0-3) lost a game in which it scored at least 50 points. The Bears, like some of the other teams in the conference, have a lot of work to do on defense before the end of the year. They still have the three highest-ranked teams in the Big 12 left on their schedule, too.
One of those teams is Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1), which burst into the spotlight with a blowout of West Virginia last weekend. Last year, the Red Raiders upset Oklahoma but looked like one of the worst teams in the country after that. They were hoping to respond better to a big win this time when they hosted TCU (5-2, 2-2).
This was one of the most entertaining college football games of the season so far, and Texas Tech came out of the third overtime with a 56-53 win. The Horned Frogs actually outgained the Red Raiders, but turned the ball over three times and allowed seven Seth Doege passing touchdowns.
Texas Tech will have a chance to prove its among the best in the conference in week nine when it travels to Kansas State. The win over West Virginia was impressive, but the Mountaineers clearly aren't the team many thought they were. A win over a team like the Wildcats would put the Red Raiders into the conference title conversation.
TCU will be looking to bounce back with a road win over Oklahoma State (4-2, 2-1) next weekend.
The Cowboys hosted a ranked Iowa State (4-3, 1-3) team this past weekend and put together a pretty complete performance. The game was tied at ten in the second quarter, but the Cyclones would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game, and Oklahoma State came away with a 31-10 win.
The performance this season by freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh has been very promising for the Cowboys this season. He threw for 415 yards and a touchdown Saturday, making his touchdown-interception ratio 10-3 for the season. However, word came out in the day following the game that Walsh will be out for the year with an injury, putting Oklahoma State in a tough spot at the quarterback position.
It's obvious that all of these teams are chasing Kansas State now, though. The Wildcats have run through the toughest part of their schedule, and they're still undefeated. Not only has this team become a conference title favorite, but a National Title contender.
It's going to take an upset at this point for someone to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten.