10 Things We Learned About Big 12 Football in Week 6

T.J. McaloonContributorOctober 7, 2012

10 Things We Learned About Big 12 Football in Week 6

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    The Big 12 had another week where its teams put up a ton of points on the scoreboard as teams beat up on one another this week. 

    We learned a lot of things from the previous week of football from the conference. Some of it was stuff that we may have already known, and some of it is new stuff that we found out about after this week. 

    Take a look through 10 things that we found out about the conference after Week 6. 

Iowa State Could Be a Dark Horse in the Big 12 Title Picture

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    Through five games this season, Iowa State has strung together four victories, with one of those wins coming against a conference opponent. That lone conference win was last week against TCU, who held the longest winning streak in the nation. 

    Iowa State's defense ranks third in the conference in points allowed, allowing only 15.8 points per game, and second in the conference in interceptions with nine. 

    If the Cyclones want to contend with the top teams in the conference, then they will have to be carried by their defense. 

Oklahoma Has Enough Talent to Win Nine Games

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    Oklahoma came into its game against Texas Tech with a lot to prove after its loss at home to Kansas State. The feel was that Texas Tech's passing game would be too much for the Sooners' defense to handle. Plus in the past traveling to Lubbock had been a nightmare for Bob Stoops and company. 

    However, Oklahoma's defense stepped up in a big way, holding the Raiders' offense to only 20 points while the Sooners' offense exploded for 41 points. 

    We'll find out more if this Sooners team can still contend with the top teams in the conference if they can beat Texas this week. 

    But for now, last week's win over Texas Tech proved that they can win at least nine games this year.

Texas Defense Isn't as Good as We Thought

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    Coming into the season, all you heard about this Texas team was that they had a great rushing attack and that the team would be led by its defense. 

    During Texas' last three games, the defense has been gutted by Mississippi, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. 

    Ole Miss ripped the Longhorns for 399 total yards, while Oklahoma State tore into the defense for 576 total yards. Last week, we saw West Virginia destroy the Longhorns for 460 total yards. 

    During that three-game span, the Longhorns' defense has given up 115 points while being lucky to go 2-1. 

Collin Klein Is Geno Smith's Only Competition for the Heisman Trophy

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    Through the first half of the college football season, we have seen West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith explode to the top of the Heisman race. However, if it weren't for Smith, we would be paying more attention to what Collin Klein is doing with Kansas State.

    Through five games, Klein has put together an impressive stat line of 1,292 combined yards and 14 total touchdowns. 

    Plus, he's led the Kansas State offense to an average point total of 43.6 points per game, with three games of 50 or more points. 

    If Smith stumbles in the second half of the season, we may see Klein rise up to threaten him for the Heisman. 

TCU Is Lost Without Its Offensive Starters

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    First, TCU lost its starting running back, Matthew Tucker, due to an injury. Then, it lost starting quarterback Casey Pachall to a team suspension for his off the field conduct. 

    The result was a crushing loss at home to an unranked Iowa State team. 

    TCU's defense did enough in its previous wins against Virginia and SMU without Tucker. However, the defense couldn't pull off another victory for the Horned Frogs as they lost, 37-23. 

    Against the Cyclones, the offense looked lost, turning over the ball five times losing two fumbles and throwing three interceptions. If they had the starters in the game, maybe the Horned Frogs don't turn the ball over and stay perfect. 

Kansas Is Still a Bad Football Team

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    It was another week in the Big 12, and it ended in another loss for the Kansas Jayhawks. 

    However, if Jayhawks fans were going to take any positives from their defeat to Kansas State, it is that they were tied after the first quarter and only down by seven at halftime. 

    But in the second half, Kansas State blew the doors off of the game, outscoring the Jayhawks 35-2. 

    Final score 56-16, and the Jayhawks fell to 1-4 on the season. 

Andrew Buie Is the Secret Weapon in West Virginia's Offense

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    We all knew about WVU's passing attack of quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. However, what we didn't know is that the Mountaineers have one heck of a running game, led by Andrew Buie. 

    Texas did everything it could to stop the passing game, which led to getting gutted by Buie. 

    Buie finished Saturday night's game with an impressive 31 carries for 207 yards and two touchdowns. His work on the Mountaineers' game-winning drive of eight plays for 76 yards ended with a Buie five-yard touchdown. That touchdown ended up being the game-winning score for WVU.

    So, what we learned was that you can try to take away the passing game, but the Mountaineers will kill you with Buie and the rushing attack. 

Texas and Oklahoma Are No Longer the Favorites to Win the Big 12

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    In the past, the Big 12 has come down to whoever would win the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma. However, this year, the winner of the RRR will not go on to win the conference. 

    After what we have seen after six weeks of football, the Sooners and Longhorns are no longer the gatekeepers of the conference championship. They have been replaced by two new teams that will battle for the championship when they meet later on in the season.

    Both Texas and Oklahoma are still very good teams that will finish with nine or 10 wins. 

    However, neither of these teams will be in contention for the Big 12 title. 

The Conference Championship Will Be Between Kansas State and West Virginia

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    The Big 12 may not have a conference championship game anymore due to no longer having 12 teams, but that doesn't mean the conference title can't be decided in one game.

    The game that will determine who will win the Big 12 will be when Kansas State travels to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. 

    These two teams are the best in the conference, and the winner will go onto hoist the conference championship at the end of the year. 

Geno Smith Is Really, Really, Really Good

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    And finally, the last thing we learned during Week 6 is that WVU quarterback Geno Smith is really good. He went out and had another game where he threw four touchdown passes and 268 passing yards with zero interceptions.

    He continues to raise the bar for everyone else in college football who are trying to keep up with this insane pace that he keeps setting for the Heisman. 

    But you should have already known that Smith is the best player in college football.