Sunday, November 16, 2008
Big 12 wrapup: The OU-Tech countdown begins
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
After watching or listening to five Big 12 games -- none of them settled by less than 13 points -- there wasn't much real excitement today.
We probably will have to wait until Texas Tech-Oklahoma next week for that.
But there were some notable trends that I noticed today.
- Texas had a workmanlike victory over Kansas which shouldn't cost them any BCS style points. But I bet that Mack Brown wishes he could play next week to keep his team fresh among the pollsters.
- Most impressive performances by Big 12 teams today came from Nebraska and Baylor. The Cornhuskers ripped through Kansas State, utilizing a balanced offensive attack that rolled up 610 yards and blew a 56-28 victory open with three late touchdowns in the second quarter. And Baylor ripped Texas A&M for 510 yards in a 41-21 victory over Texas A&M that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated. The Bears were ahead 41-7 after three quarters.
- Those wild and crazy Colorado fans always have something extra for opposing teams. But bringing a laser light to bother Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson might have been a new low.
- Bowl hopes for Texas A&M and Kansas State were officially snuffed out with their losses today.
- But an even bigger concern for the conference was Colorado's loss to Oklahoma State. If the conference gets two teams in the BCS as expected, it would mean that Colorado must beat Nebraska in order to fulfill all of the conference's bowl agreements. And after the way the Buffaloes and Cornhuskers both played today, that looks like a daunting task for the Buffaloes.
- Baylor and Duke now have the longest bowl droughts of any BCS school after Vanderbilt qualified with its sixth win. The Bears haven't qualifed for a bowl since 1994, although I bet they snap that streak sometime during Robert Griffin's playing career
- How come I think Missouri might pose a bigger challenge for the South Division champion Dec. 6 in Kansas City than most might think?