Updated Big 12 Predictions and Superlatives After Week Five
Oklahoma doubled up Baylor and Oklahoma State beat an improved Kansas team by 20. As for the rest of the Big 12…The Big 12 race is beginning to take shape with a clear top tier and bottom tier. That middle tier might get interesting though. Some teams look pretty good that might actually be pretty bad. Let’s examine week five.Standings1. Oklahoma Sooners2. West Virginia Mountaineers3. Texas Longhorns4. Oklahoma State Cowboys5. Texas Tech Red Raiders6. TCU Horned Frogs7. Iowa State Cyclones8. Kansas State Wildcats9. Baylor Bears10. Kansas JayhawksI did a little forecasting and moved Texas Tech below Oklahoma State because of the injury to Alan Bowman. Jett Duffey wasn’t horrible as his backup, but not great either. Time will tell how good or bad the rest of this season will be in Lubbock. Regardless, I hope Bowman has a quick recovery because that kid has a bright future. Oklahoma took back the #1 spot this week after a spotty performance from West Virginia. Let’s talk about last weekend and look ahead to next weekend in order…from the top!Oklahoma SoonersOU beat up on Baylor after Kyler Murray sat for disciplinary reasons. We may never know what those disciplinary reasons are, but we do know that Murray torched the Baylor defense like he was playing Cy Ranch with his alma mater, Allen High School, in the 6A Texas State Championship Game. Oh wait, that actually happened https://www.whoutletstore.com/Makell_Esteen_Jersey-74. He threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns that game. On Saturday, the Heisman candidate passed for 432 yards and six touchdowns. OU continues to roll through the Big 12 and once again look like favorites to win the conference behind a Hesiman worthy quarterback. Oklahoma gets Texas in another installment of the Red River Rivalry this weekend. This will be the first real test for Murray and the Sooners. They’re going up against a Texas defense that has looked great so far this season. Oklahoma should expect to win this game, though they shouldn’t take it lightly. As bad as Texas has been the past decade, and as good as the Sooners have been, this game has been a close affair every year. We’ll also get to find out if Texas sinks or swims this year in what should be another great game at the State Fair of Texas. In the '99 Red River Showdown, OU offensive coordinator Mike Leach planted a decoy play script during pregame warmups. The Longhorns found it, used it and fell behind 17-0 before realizing they’d been duped. Inside how it all happened: The offense has improved at KU, though the defense is still lacking. OSU got back to basics against Kansas and ran Justice Hill an appropriate amount. This is an encouraging performance for the program as they now look like they have something they can potentially build on. Things won’t get any easier for the Jayhawks this weekend when they travel down country roads to play at West Virginia. If Kansas can hang some points on the board and keep it respectable like they did against OSU, that’ll be good enough for this team https://www.whoutletstore.com/Tuli_Letuligasenoa_Jersey-23. Nobody expects them to be able to compete in games against the conferences best teams. Getting a Big 12 win is still a big deal for them. It’s about building on the success they’ve had so far this season. West Virginia should roll big in this one.Kansas beat Texas in football Barstool KU vs West Virginia MountaineersOklahoma continues to look good behind their Heisman candidate Kyler Murray. West Virginia’s own Heisman candidate Will Grier looks impressive as well, and this game might be as tight as the Heisman race is shaping up to be. I still have Oklahoma in a close one.Offensive Player of the Year:Kyler Murray: Oklahoma UniversityKyler continues to torch defenses and gain momentum in the Heisman race. Will Grier is the only player in the Big 12 that could catch him and that doesn’t look likely. It would likely take a great performance from Grier in a win over Oklahoma for him to take over my OPOTY vote. Defensive Player of the Year:Joe Dineen Jr: Kansas UniversityJoe Dineen Jr. recorded 10 tackles including a tackle for loss against OSU. His reign of terror on opposing backfields has continued into Big 12 play. He’s the most crucial piece to the Kansas defense and likely the only hope for the Kansas defense to help the Jayhawks win a Big 12 game.Big 12 Newcomer of the Year:Pooka Williams Jr: Kansas UniversityThe dynamic back for Kansas went for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown on the ground while also catching six passes for 60 yards against Oklahoma State. He’s the go to guy for Kansas when they need to put together a long drive. Without him, Kansas doesn’t have the potential to stay in games like they did last weekend.Freshman of the Year:Caden Sterns: University of TexasLittle Sterns has been the anchor of the secondary for the Longhorns so far this season. He’s been instrumental in holding opponents like Kansas State to just a few scores. He only recorded three tackles last weekend https://www.whoutletstore.com/Brody_Reese_Jersey-110, however, he has been outstanding this season.Coach of the Year:Lincoln Riley: Oklahoma UniversityThe Sooners continue to roll through the Big 12 under Riley’s leadership. Like I said last week, this one probably won’t change all year, unless we see a coach turn his program around mid season.Breakout Player of the Year: Tylan Wallace: Oklahoma State UniversityTylan caught four passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against Kansas. Landon Wolf actually led OSU in receptions and yards but Wallace still had a great game. He’s become the clear #1 guy in Stillwater and might hear his name in Biletnikoff talks pretty soon.