Sunday, November 6, 2011
What we learned in the Big 12: Week 10
By David Ubben
Here's what we learned on Saturday in the Big 12:
A knee injury has ended the season of Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles.
College football is far too often unfair: Ryan Broyles will finish his career as one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a college football field. However, his career ended far too early, with a handful of games left in his senior season. A torn ACL ended Broyles' career, but he'll finish as the FBS leader in receptions, a record that might stand for awhile. Broyles did it the right way and matured by wide lengths over his unbelievable career. It's over now, but here's a salute to a guy that's a perfect picture of everything right about college football. Broyles will have a great career at the next level.
Oklahoma State can take your punches and punch back: Which test was tougher? I'm going with Texas A&M, but Oklahoma State was pressed big time on Saturday and answered with two huge drives for the offense and one clutch defensive stop that might have saved a season. OSU coach Mike Gundy expected Bill Snyder to go for two if the Wildcats had scored at the end of regulation, but they never got the chance. OSU lost the turnover battle, 4-2, including a touchback and a pick-six, but survived the scare.
We might have a winless team this season in conference play: Kansas' chances are dwindling. Last season, it took a miracle for Kansas to notch its only conference win when it rallied from a 45-17 deficit in just over 11 minutes against Colorado. It might take another miracle this season. Baylor, Texas A&M and Mizzou are the last three teams on Kansas' schedule this season. Chances don't look good for the Jayhawks after dropping a 13-10 game to Iowa State on Saturday.
Missouri is back on the ropes, and Baylor's back in the history book: Baylor didn't make a bowl from 1994 up until last season, but the Bears have a fifth win on their record and a lot of winnable games ahead, including Kansas. The Bears should be back in the postseason, and would love a bowl win this time around. Mizzou, meanwhile, has three games left and must win two. Texas comes to Columbia next week, followed by games against Texas Tech and Kansas. It's going to be a tight squeeze for the Tigers, but they'll need some late-season magic.
Beware of Texas: This team, relying so heavily on freshmen, was bound to get a lot better, but the Longhorns are building toward a big finish after rolling over Texas Tech in a 52-20 blowout on Saturday. With a stifling pass defense and a powerful running game, this team is built to play with a lead, and that's two consecutive weeks with more than 400 yards rushing. I don't care who you're playing against, that's impressive. Ever since benching Garrett Gilbert, Texas has been solid, with the exception of a blowout loss to Oklahoma.