Taking stock of the first week that was in the Big 12:
Team of the week: In an opening weekend in which several of the top Big 12 teams scuffled along, West Virginia dominated in a 44-0 win over Georgia Southern. The defending Sun Belt champs, who led the nation in rushing last year, crossed midfield just twice all game, and were forced into five turnovers. West Virginia will have tougher tests later in the season, but it was quite an opening statement.
Disappointment of the week: Charlie Strong hinted all preseason the Texas Longhorns would be improved in his second season. If anything, they looked worse during a 38-3 head-kicking at Notre Dame. The offense was completely inept, but the young defense after Malik Jefferson was underwhelming too. Texas did not look like a bowl team Saturday, much less anything resembling a Big 12 title contender.
Big (offensive) man on campus: Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off last season, throwing for 425 yards and four touchdowns in Texas Tech's 59-45 win over Sam Houston State. In his last four games, Mahomes has thrown 18 TDs to just three INTs.
Big (defensive) man on campus: West Virginia senior safety Karl Joseph showed Saturday why he's one of the best defensive players in college football. Joseph intercepted three passes, recovered a fumble and finished with eight tackles to spearhead West Virginia's dominant defensive effort against Georgia Southern. Honorable mention nod goes to Iowa State DE Dale Pierson, who had three sacks and an interception in the Cyclones' 31-7 win over Northern Iowa.
Special-teams player of the week: It was a big weekend for returns in the league, as Iowa State's Trever Ryen, Texas Tech's Jakeem Grant and Kansas State's Morgan Burns all had TD returns. But we'll give the nod to Kansas walk-on Ryan Schadler, whose 91-yard kickoff return touchdown helped keep the Jayhawks in the game when South Dakota State was in command early. Kansas would lose, 41-38.
Play of the week: On Oklahoma's first play of the third quarter of its 41-3 rout of Akron, QB Baker Mayfield faked a handoff to Joe Mixon, then rolled right. Then Mayfield stopped and threw back to his left down the field to Mixon, who was gliding wide open down the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown. Honorable mention nod goes to true freshman Jovon Durante's leaping 41-yard TD that gave West Virginia a 7-0 lead.
Stat of the week: Texas' 38-3 loss to Notre Dame was the school's second-largest defeat ever in a season opener and most lopsided since 1988.
Quotable: "For us to come out here and lay an egg is mind-boggling." -- Texas senior running back Johnathan Gray