Big 12 Football | Ranking The Week 5 Games From Worst To First

For the first time this season all ten teams from the Big 12 will be in action against other conference teams. That limits the league to just five games on Saturday but each game carries some weight in the conference title race, some more so than others though. Here’s how we’d rank this weekend’s action in terms of priority to watch.

5. Kansas at Iowa State

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You can pretty much bank on the fact that if a game includes the Kansas Jayhawks then it’s going to be ranked five out of five in terms of watching. Still though, there are a few things here that could and should catch your attention starting with the point spread. The Cyclones have more than 35 points just once this season so the game within the game is going to be if Kansas can stay within five touchdowns.

Kansas Player to Watch: Jason Bean (1,004 total yards of offense, 7 TDs)

Iowa State Player to Watch: Breece Hall (4.91 yards per carry, 6 TDs)

4. Texas Tech at West Virginia

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Texas Tech is on the road for the second consecutive week and while I don’t expect the Mountaineers to put 70 points on the board, like Texas did last week, it’s worth noting that the disastrous Tech defense from years past re-emerged in Austin last week. The Longhorns produced over 600 total yards of offense on the Red Raiders and averaged 8.52 yards per play in the process. Meanwhile, the WVU defense held Oklahoma to just 16 total points last weekend. The Mountaineers lost in Norman but proved that they are going to be a significant challenge to opposing offenses throughout conference play. That doesn’t bode well for a Texas Tech squad that will be without starting quarterback Tyler Shough.

Texas Tech Player to Watch: Erik Ezukanma (17.65 yards per catch, 1 TD)

West Virginia Player to Watch: Leddie Brown (4.86 yards per carry, 5 TDs)

3. #6 Oklahoma at Kansas State

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The Wildcats own a two-game winning streak over Oklahoma and the Sooners haven’t won in Manhattan since 2017. The biggest story here is who will play quarterback for Kansas State. Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will need to have three different game plans ready for the three different possibilities that the Wildcats could put on the field.

Oklahoma Player to Watch: Spencer Rattler (1,017 yards, 8 TDs)

Kansas State Player to Watch: Deuce Vaughn (5.24 yards per carry, 5 TDs)

2. Texas at TCU

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The winner of this game most likely winds up ranked in the AP Top 25 next week. Texas has looked fantastic in the two games following its loss to Arkansas. Meanwhile the Horned Frogs were upended by SMU last weekend and will be challenged once again by a high-powered offense. On the other side of the ball the Longhorns are still struggling. They’ve already given up 40 points to Arkansas and 35 to Texas Tech this year, and the Red Raiders passed for nearly 400 yards last week.  

Texas Player to Watch: Bijan Robinson (6.22 yards per carry, 5 TDs)

TCU Player to Watch: Max Duggan (717 passing yards, 7 TDs)

1. #21 Baylor at #19 Oklahoma State

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Who would have thought two weeks ago that Baylor at Oklahoma State would be be the Big 12 Game of the Week on the first Saturday in October? Here we are though. Both teams are undefeated and both are ranked in the Top 25 after the first month of the season. This is a huge opportunity for both programs and they’ve both got to where they are by running the football and playing stingy defense. Keep an eye on how OSU responds in a Top 25 matchup with defenders Trace Ford and Tre Sterling out for the rest of the season.

Baylor Player to Watch: Gerry Bohanan (823 passing yards, 7 TDs)

Oklahoma State Player to Watch: Kolby Harvell-Peel (26 tackles, 2 interceptions)

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