Big 12: Bo Levi Mitchell

Big 12 viewer's guide: Week 14

November, 28, 2014
Nov 28
Baylor and Kansas State each face one final hurdle before a head-to-head matchup at McLane Stadium on the final Saturday of the season that could garner plenty of headlines. Meanwhile, West Virginia and Iowa State look to snap significant losing streaks.

Here are the storylines to watch in the Big 12 during Week 14:

West Virginia at Iowa State, noon ET (Fox Sports 1): Neither team brings much momentum into this game with the Cyclones on a four-game losing streak and the Mountaineers on a three-game slide. Those downward trends won't sit well with Dana Holgorsen or Paul Rhoads. ISU watched its first Big 12 win slip out of its hands against Texas Tech a week ago, so the Cyclones could be entering this game with more momentum than previous weeks. Intrigue will join WVU on the plane to Ames, Iowa, with Skyler Howard's performance against Kansas State putting a spotlight on the quarterback spot for Holgorsen’s squad. Even if starter Clint Trickett is healthy, Holgorsen might not hesitate to turn to Howard if Trickett struggles.

No. 7 Baylor versus Texas Tech in Arlington, Texas, 3:30 pm ET (ABC): The Bears can't seem to get the traction they need to rise in the College Football Playoff rankings. But BU needs to win, and win impressively, if it hopes to keep its name in the conversation for another week. The Bears have minimal room for error. Tech enters the game after its first win since mid-October against ISU a week ago. The Red Raiders would love to play spoiler for the Bears while creating a little momentum heading into the offseason if they're able to finish the regular season with a two-game win streak which includes a win over the nation's No. 7 team.

Kansas versus No. 12 Kansas State, 4 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1): The final home game for all-purpose threat Tyler Lockett could inspire the senior to do something special at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats have plenty to play for with a Big 12 title still within reach. Meanwhile, KU interim coach Clint Bowen could strengthen his résumé even further with a win over the in-state rival Wildcats. And the Jayhawks' sloppy showing at Oklahoma should give KU plenty of motivation to show they're better than they played against the Sooners a week ago.

Who beat out Robert Griffin as the nation's best freshman QB?

December, 22, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I've already received a bunch of letters from readers -- and not just from Baylor fans -- wondering what Phil Steele was smoking when he picked another freshman quarterback in front of Baylor's Robert Griffin for his first-team freshman All-America team.

Steele's magazine is a must-buy for me every season and I find myself checking his Web site regularly for updates. This guy knows his stuff and I'm not going to argue with his choice of Kellen Moore of Boise State in front of Griffin.

But I will place the statistics of the freshmen quarterbacks who ranked among the top 75 nationally in pass efficiency and let you make your own determination.

By the Numbers: Freshmen Quarterbacks at a Glance
Name, schoolAttCompPctIntPass TDPass YdsRatingRush YdsRush TDW-L
Kellen Moore,
Boise State
370 259 70.0 9 25 3264 161.5 -20 1 12-0
Robert Griffin,
267 160 59.9 3 15 2091 142.0 843 13 4-8
Russell Wilson,
N.C. State
252 139 55.2 1 16 1769 134.3 342 4 6-6
Chandler Harnish,
No. Illinois
171 98 57.3 7 7 1342 128.6 478 4 6-6
Austin Davis,
Southern Miss
454 261 57.5 8 23 3128 128.6 508 9 7-6
Bo Levi Mitchell,
410 236 57.6 23 24 2865 124.4 -140 1 1-11
Note: Statistics are complete through games of Sunday night.

I think Steele was right, although Griffin makes a strong argument.

I'm curious what the readers think.



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