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Weekend in Review: Baylor loses while OSU takes control of Big 12

October 26, 2020
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Following the most recent round of Big 12 games, SicEm365’s Paul Catalina provides his breakdown of the contests and assess the league from top to bottom. 

Texas 27, Baylor 16

There’s a lot to digest after this game. Now that I have some distance from it, my thoughts going into the game were accurate: Baylor looked like they had practiced four times in three weeks which is exactly what happened.

They still did not have the starting offensive line together, they still have not found themselves in the Larry Fedora offense, the defense is one you can win with, but the offense has to pull their share of the load. They will get better as they practice more, but that is going to take time. These are abnormal circumstances and they are producing abnormal results. The offensive line has not gotten better, yet. Will it? We will see.

I have no real thoughts on Texas. They are exactly what I thought they would be. This is a slightly above average team. I see another loss or two in their future. 

Oklahoma State 24, Iowa State 21

Two pretty evenly matched teams here in what turned out to be a tight game and with the win, Oklahoma State is in control of the Big 12 for now, at least in my estimation. I am not ruling anyone else out, but this was a big win for the Pokes. And in fairness to all the other teams in contention, this was OSU’s first big test, which they passed, but they still have a long way to go.

For Iowa State, you have to wonder how close they are. They are playing well, but this has become the norm for them... falling short, but still a threat to knock off the big dogs in the league at any moment.

Kansas State 55, Kansas 14

For quarterback Will Howard, this is a good team to get your first start against and Howard looked good doing it. So did the entire Wildcat team. So does ANYONE who plays Kansas. If you are looking for deep insight here, I am sorry. I have none. Kansas is bad. Copy, do a search and replace on this section each week. It will be pretty much the same. 

Oklahoma 33, TCU 14

I saw that some Sooner fans were unhappy with Lincoln Riley’s play calling in this one, believing he was calling the game more like Jalen Hurts was playing rather than Spencer Rattler. But they won by 19 and played defense. Take what you can get. This is a Sooner team in a little bit of transition and they need to find out who they are. No letdown off of the Red River Shootout and they only gave up 14 points while starting a winning streak. I get it, you are the lords of all you survey. But live in the now.

For TCU, this game showed that they, like their upcoming opponent, Baylor, have some issues on the offensive line. Whichever team can get that corrected first probably wins on Saturday. 

Texas Tech 34, West Virginia 27

A solid first start for quarterback Henry Colombi, who is replacing Alan Bowman, and the Red Raiders as they got a much-needed win after boys from Lubbock have been all over the map. Truthfully, Matt Wells needed a game like this.  I don’t think this is the start of a trend for either team. Most of the Big 12 will look like this: Good one week, bad the next, so-so after that. This game was a microcosm of that the back end of the conference will look like. 

Final thoughts 

  • Baylor needs more practice and less drama.
  • Texas needs less drama and more consistency.
  • TCU needs help upfront.
  • Oklahoma needs to find the New Sooners.
  • Oklahoma State is in control for now.
  • Iowa State is still really good but needs to string together wins.
  • If Will Howard can be consistent, Kansas St is still in this.
  • WVU & Tech are exactly who we all thought.
  • And Kansas is bad.

Any questions? 

 

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