What we learned in the Big 12: Week 7

October, 16, 2011
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Here's what I learned from Saturday's games.

Are you guys on board the K-State bandwagon yet? Four consecutive weeks of being outgained and playing as underdogs. Four weeks of wins and Kansas State is 6-0 with a road game against Kansas standing between it and a mammoth showdown with Oklahoma in two weeks. The Wildcats are the antithesis to the Big 12 chuck-and-duck offense, taking their time and focusing on controlling the ball. Despite running 31 fewer plays than Texas Tech, the Wildcats had the ball for seven more minutes. Bill Snyder's teams slowly squeeze you, then take advantage of opportunities. Texas Tech provided them with three fourth-quarter turnovers. Seth Doege had just one interception all season to 17 touchdowns. K-State picked him off three times. And ... here we are. Respect this team, or else.

[+] EnlargeMissouri defense and Steele Jantz
Dak Dillon/US PresswireMissouri's defense held quarterback Steele Jantz and the Cyclones to 17 points.
Missouri really is underrated. The Tigers looked respectable in losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma and nearly beat Arizona State in Tempe, but a 2-3 record is a 2-3 record. Was Missouri really a good team that came out on the short end against two other good teams and one better? It looks that was the case after Saturday's game. Mizzou looked like it belonged in a different league in a 35-point win over Iowa State. And hey, pretty soon, maybe Mizzou might actually be in a different league than the Cyclones.

Oklahoma State isn't letting up any time soon. The Cowboys weren't at their best, but still went into Austin and put an end to any talk of hexes or Mack Brown mojo after Red River. A rough game offensively still resulted in 38 points on the board, and the Cowboys were still in control and led by double digits for all but four minutes in the second half. That's eight consecutive road wins for Oklahoma State. This team is unflappable.

Kansas has a pulse. Saturday night's game against Oklahoma turned out to not be R-rated television, censored for violence. Kansas lost convincingly, but the Jayhawks showed up and hung with the Sooners for most of the game. This was certainly not expected after Kansas gave up 66 points to Georgia Tech and 70 to Oklahoma State last week, and found themselves at the bottom of college football in total defense and scoring defense. Look past the final score, and you might see progress for Turner Gill's team at Kansas. Can they continue it next week in a rivalry game against Kansas State? The Wildcats won last year's game 59-7.

Texas A&M is dangerous when it all comes together. Hold your second-half Aggies jokes for another week, and maybe longer, folks. Texas A&M finally put two strong halves together against a legitimate opponent, and the second half was the best. The Aggies outscored a dangerous Baylor offense 31-14 after halftime, and shut it out in the fourth quarter while Robert Griffin III tried to rally his team. That included a huge goal-line stand with lots of pressure on RG3. A solid, solid day from Texas A&M in its best performance of the season. Beware, Oklahoma. If Texas A&M plays like this in Norman, the Sooners will have a fistfight on their hands.

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