Big 12 Football: Week Five in Review
Five Big 12 teams did not play this week: Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and Missouri.
Of the teams that played, it was another bad week for the conference which continues to look like it lost all the momentum that last years regular season brought.
Through the first five weeks there were many more disappointments than surprises for the Big 12. The ACC, Mountain West, MAC, and Conference USA have all made big statements against the Big 12 this year. Week 5 was no different as the conference suffered losses to the Big East, ACC, and SEC this week.
Colorado opened the disappointing weekend with a better than expected performance against West Virginia. The Buffaloes stayed in the game by capitalizing on West Virginia turnovers, but also committed a few of their own.
However, Colorado is improving and appear primed for another upset over one the better Big 12 teams.
The game of the week in the Big 12 was probably the fight to not be the worst team in the conference between Iowa State and Kansas State. The Cyclones scored the game tying touchdown with seconds left only to have the extra point blocked and their hearts broken by the Wildcats.
Texas Tech played the expected against the New Mexico Lobos, winning 48-28 and gaining 450 yards through the air. Mike Leach showed his system is quarterback proof, as Taylor Potts struggled and then got injured before half. Back up QB Steven Sheffield came in blazing and threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
Baylor got a decent win over Kent State, 31-15. The Bears started third string QB Nick Florence, and he did really well. He was 20-27 passing with over 200 yards. He also rushed for 60 and two touchdowns.
Texas A&M played Arkansas in Cowboys Stadium. For the first few minutes it looked like Texas Tech may actually be back, but surrendered 23 points and scored none in the second quarter to kill any chance of a win.
OU finished the weekend for the Big 12 with a tough road loss at Miami. They lost by one point, but showed that the flaws shown in the BYU game were not just opening game jitters. The defense gave up 10 yards a carry to Javarris James and could not defend the short pass whatsoever.
Week 6 is the first real week of conference play and it could not come soon enough for the Big 12.
All 12 teams play another conference foe, meaning no team will suffer an embarrassing out-of-conference loss. The Big 12 kicks off Week 6 with its premier matchup between Nebraska and Missouri in Columbia on Thursday night in a game that will tell us tons about both teams.
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