Oklahoma State, you're up next.
Kansas State has run right through its Big 12 schedule so far, and now the Wildcats will host the Cowboys on Saturday. We'll see if #24 Oklahoma State is the team that will finally knock off #2 Kansas State.
To do that, they'll have to find some way to slow down Collin Klein. As much of a running threat as passing threat, Klein has moved himself to the front of the Heisman discussion. He leads an offense that has scored 55 or more points in three of its last four games.
There are plenty of good offenses in this conference, though. Kansas State's defense is what separates this team from most of the others. The Wildcats (8-0, 5-0) have not given up more than 24 points yet this season, and that came last week against a Texas Tech team that had been averaging 42 points per game.
Oklahoma State (5-2, 3-1) has a pretty good offense, too, but it's going to be tough to put up big numbers against Kansas State, so the defense will have to come up big on Saturday to pull the upset.
Texas Tech (6-2, 3-2) learned last week just how tough Kansas State is. The Red Raiders kept the game close for a while, but they ended up losing in a blowout. This week, #23 Texas (6-2, 3-2) will head to Lubbock to take a shot at the 18th-ranked Red Raiders.
The Longhorns haven't lost in this series since the epic game in 2008 when Michael Crabtree pulled in the game-winning touchdown with seconds left. If they play like they have the past few weeks, though, that streak is going to come to an end.
Since the close loss to West Virginia, Texas has been blown out by Oklahoma, given up 50 points to Baylor in a win, and escaped lowly Kansas with a win with a late-game touchdown. That type of performance isn't going to get it done against Texas Tech, which is playing better than either Baylor or Kansas.
The Jayhawks (1-7, 0-5) and the Bears (3-4, 0-4) are each still searching for their first conference wins. Something has to give this weekend, as the two will face each other in Waco. The Kansas defense, which played well last weekend against Texas, will have to deal with Nick Florence and the Baylor offense.
Despite being winless in Big 12 play, the Bears do boast a pretty powerful offense. The defense has been the issue all year. In the last five games, the Baylor defense has given up 50.4 points per game. Kansas has the worst offense that this team has faced yet, but there is still a good chance that the Jayhawks will be able to put up a decent amount of points. As long as the Baylor offense plays well, though, the Bears should be fine.
Baylor's not the only team in the league struggling defensively, either. There may not be a team in the league that needs a win as badly this week as #21 West Virginia (5-2, 2-2). The Mountaineers were in the National Title discussion after beating Texas on the road, but since then, have lost two games that they were never even close to winning.
The defense has been bad for this team all year, but the offense has dropped off significantly in the last two games, as well. This week, they'll play the other newcomer to the conference in TCU (5-3, 2-3). The Horned Frogs are coming off of a tough loss, too, where they had a 14-0 lead on Oklahoma State before giving up the final 36 points of the game.
The TCU defense may be good enough to give the Mountaineers more trouble this week, and the offense is certainly good enough to score on the poor WVU defense. Yet, West Virginia has had an extra week to prepare, and TCU will be travelling for the third time in four weeks. This one should be close to the end, but whether the West Virginia defense can get back on track will be the difference.
The other game this week features #12 Oklahoma (5-2, 3-1) and Iowa State (5-3, 2-3). The Sooners are coming off of a loss to Notre Dame, the second home loss they've suffered this season. The Cyclones are a better team than they often get credit for, and they've been as close as anyone else this season to knocking off the Wildcats.
It's going to be tough to beat an Oklahoma team that's looking to bounce back this week, though. The Iowa State defense should be able to keep the team in the game for a while, but the Sooners should be able to avoid the upset and get the win.
Coming into the year, Oklahoma was supposed to be the best team in this conference, but Kansas State just continues to win. The Wildcats are getting everybody's best shots now, but that hasn't seemed to matter.
Oklahoma State is the next team that has a chance to change that.