Last week’s results pitched the middle of the conference into another furball, with five teams within a game and a half of each other in the standings. More sorting will be required for bowl eligibility and conference positioning as the schedule moves into November.
Oklahoma State and Baylor kept their slots behind Oklahoma, and each can move withing a game of the league leader with wins on Saturday. The Sooners, along with Texas Tech, have the final two open dates of the regular season.
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TCU, what are you doing? The Horned Frogs are the latest to join the “fire the coach early” derby with the dismissal of head coach Gary Patterson. Perhaps the timing of the announcement was designed to lose it in the news of the weekend coverage of games, Halloween and NFL action, but that doesn’t make it any less palatable. Neither does the reasoning of “not meeting expectations,” which were built up by a percentage of the media, and perhaps not founded on any solid basis.
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Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah tied his school’s record of four sacks in a
game on the way to earning Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors. Uzomah now has 10 sacks on the season, which leads the Division I FBS ranks.
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Thirty FBS teams have returned at least one punt for a touchdown this year, and eight of those have two scoring runbacks. None reside in the Big 12.
Kansas State (5-3 / 2-3) at Kansas (1-7 / 0-5)
Sat., Nov. 6 12:00 PM* FS1
The Sunflower Showdown has such a pleasant name, but the games have often been contentious, if not always competitive. For those who only pay attention to recent history, it might be a surprise to learn that the Jayhawks hold a 64-49 edge in the 118 meetings to date. Unfortunately, they’ll lose a game off that advantage to the visiting Wildcats on Saturday, as K-State will grab its 13th consecutive win in the series.
Baylor (7-1 / 4-1) at TCU (3-5 / 1-4)
Sat., Nov. 6 3:30 PM FOX
The Bears hit the road for the first time in more than a month, but will find a team and program in disarray after the firing (let’s call it what it is) of Patterson. It’s difficult to expect the Horned Frogs to play for an interim head coach that was brought in by Patterson, and who will be gone at the end of the month. The Bears will coast to an easy win.
Oklahoma State (7-1 / 4-1) at West Virginia (4-4 / 2-3)
Sat., Nov. 6 3:30 PM ESPN
West Virginia dug itself out of a hole with wins against TCU and Iowa State the past two weeks, but the Mountaineers definitely benefited from a couple of shaky calls to get the win against the Cyclones. The Cowboys had a light tuneup last week in pasting Kansas, and expect to limit the West Virginia offense while closing the gap on the top spot in the Big 12.
Texas (4-4 / 2-3) at Iowa State (5-3 / 3-2)
Sat., Nov. 6 7:30 PM ESPU
Iowa State has to be upset with its play, and a couple of breaks that went the wrong way, in last week’s loss to WVU. Texas, well, it’s always tough to figure just exactly where the Longhorns’ heads are, as overblown coverage often creates outsized expectations. The Cyclones return home and drop the Longhorns below .500.
* All game times Eastern