Oh, I'm back with this week's stock report, preceded by some fantastic nonsensical financial terms that only an accountant could make sense from. Let's get to the football, though. Here's a few stocks with rapidly rising or falling values:
Rising: West Virginia explosiveness
The Big 12 rankings for the most plays longer than 10 yards? The top three players are all from West Virginia. It's a bit silly, really. Running back Andrew Buie is No. 1, with 24 plays from scrimmage longer than 10 yards, followed by Tavon Austin, who has 22. Stedman Bailey? He's slacking at 21. The surprise No. 4? Kansas running back Tony Pierson, who missed much of last week with an ankle injury.
Falling: Kansas State mistakes
Every year, people think it might just be a cliche with no real meaning anymore. It's not. Bill Snyder teams are consistently the most well-coached in the country. This year is no different. Kansas State has been penalized NINE TIMES in five games. Oklahoma State got flagged 15 times in the Arizona loss alone. K-State's nine flags are 11 fewer than any team in the Big 12, and the 71 yards on those flags is just 14.2 yards a game, almost half the next-best team in the Big 12. No other team in college football has fewer than 13 penalties and Central Michigan's 111 penalty yards are the next fewest. Ridiculous. The Wildcats have also lost just three turnovers all season, the third-fewest in the nation and tied with Texas for the fewest in the Big 12.
Rising: Oklahoma takeaways
The Sooners forced just one turnover in their first three games, but finally broke through against Texas Tech. Oklahoma picked off Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege three times, though one interception was later fumbled by Jamarkus McFarland, whom Doege injured with a hit on the play. Oklahoma is still tied with Oklahoma State for last in the Big 12 in the stat, but it was a big step to make that many plays on the road.
Falling: Kansas takeaways
The Jayhawks were on fire early this season, grabbing 12 takeaways in the first three games of the season, leaving them tied with Alabama for the national lead. Since then, though? Kansas State predictably left KU without a takeaway, and the Jayhawks forced just one in a loss to Northern Illinois. This week, Oklahoma State comes to town, and turnovers will be KU's best chance to spring the upset.
Rising: Texas' defensive line
It got four sacks against West Virginia, which slid the Mountaineers wayyy down the Big 12 rankings in sacks allowed. WVU had given up just four sacks all year, and just three on Geno Smith. After the win at Texas, West Virginia moved from third in the Big 12, behind only Kansas State and Oklahoma State to a tie for seventh in the league, ahead of only Iowa State and Kansas. The Longhorns are wrecking shop up front. Jackson Jeffcoat and Alex Okafor have a combined 14.5 tackles for loss and both rank in the Big 12's top four. Okafor leads the league with six sacks, and Jeffcoat is fourth, with 3.5.
Falling: Pass defenses against Baylor and West Virginia
Want to talk route running, speed, depth and hands? Look no further than Waco or Morgantown. Five of the Big 12's top seven in receiving either play for Baylor or West Virginia. Terrance Williams, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey are Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the national rankings, averaging 166, 142 and 132 receiving yards a game, respectively, with 27 touchdown catches in the combined 14 games they've played. Ridiculous. Meanwhile, Tevin Reese and Lanear Sampson have combined for 735 receiving yards already, along with seven touchdown catches. Great schemes and great quarterbacks beget great receiving numbers.