It was an eventful Week 3 for the Big 12 that included some close finishes, some blowouts and a grim realization.
Let’s get started.
Baylor - 38
Rice - 10
The Bears have been holding tryouts for a couple of the not-so-realistic Big 12 expansion candidates. In Week 2, Baylor dismantled SMU 40-13. This past week brought a similar result against Rice.
Just like every year at this time, we know little about Baylor heading into conference play. Even with Jim Grobe at the helm, Baylor still runs the same offense and can still put up numbers. They may need to recruit better security for their locker rooms on away games, though.
TCU - 41
Iowa State - 20
Week 3 saw the first inter-conference matchup of the season with TCU welcoming Iowa State. First year head coach Matt Campbell has yet to get his first win as the Cyclones start 0-3. TCU took care of business against a Cyclone team that may give Kansas someone to beat this year. Probably not.
Memphis - 43
Kansas - 7
Speaking of Kansas, the Jayhawks won a game this year.
So, basically anything Dave Beaty accomplishes to this point is gravy. That hopefully consoled him as his team took a 43-7 shellacking from the Memphis Tigers who would still like to point out the benefits of having FedEx nearby. They will provide up-to-date tracking information as you arrive at your destination, the bottom of the Big 12.
Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State - 63
Florida Atlantic - 7
The Wildcats held a 42-zip lead at the half and the lone touchdown scored by FAU was a bit of a formality. This lopsided win wasn’t exactly pretty as a Bill Snyder’s team uncharacteristically gave up triple digits in penalty yardage.
But K-State took care of business and put the Owls down in plenty of time for Coach Snyder to hit the 4:30 buffet rush and get to bed on time.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State - 45
Pittsburgh - 38
This game was, well, eventful. There were fumbles, special teams snafus and a two-hour lightning delay. Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Jhajuan Seales and Rennie Childs had career days. Rudolph and Washington had record-setting days.
Most importantly the Cowboys were able to rebound from the controversial loss to Central Michigan and avoid a disastrous 1-2 start.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech - 59
Louisiana Tech - 45
104 points. We already know the Red Raiders have playmakers and in three games Patty M. already has more passing yards and touchdowns than another Big 12 starting QB had all of 2015. I’m looking at you Mr. Lanning.
Giving up 45 points to Louisiana Tech earned the Red Raiders a D- per Viva the Matadors. But Kliff and Ko. head into a bye week so they’ll have an extra five days of defensive scheming before for the Rock Chalk juggernaut rolls into Lubbock two weeks from tonight.
Oklahoma - 24
Ohio State - 45
Oh my. If there was one game that illustrated the chasm of talent between the Big 12’s “elite” and those of the rest of the country, this was it. The Big 12 may not be “in trouble” but has definitely established itself on a lower tier than at least the SEC and Big 10.
Bob Stoops should be fired and Mike Stoops should be arrested. Lincoln Riley is a fraud. Give Baker Mayfield back to Tech. (Sorry, I’ve listened to too much local sports talk radio this week.)
Texas - 43
Cal - 50
Most will remember the controversial fumble ruling that gave Cal the ball on the 1-yard line. But don’t feel too sorry for the Longhorn defense. Davis Webb carved up UT’s secondary for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns.
Freshman quarterback Shane Buechele had a come-to-earth game which included three sacks and a rib injury. He’s still UT’s quarterback of the future but the Longhorns have other issues.
West Virginia was on an early bye week.
So the Big 12 is 15-11 in the non-conference so far and any shot at getting a team into the College Football Playoff seems slim. Chin up, Big 12 fans. We’ll all beat up on each other starting this week.