Jake’s BIG XII Week 5 Review get off to a flying start as Baylor travels to a surging Oklahoma State. Can the bears pull off a win against the Cowboys?
Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State Cowboys moved to 5-0 with a straightforward ten-point win over Dave Aranda’s Baylor Bears on Saturday. Neither team showed the sort of offensive or defensive prowess that qualify teams as playoff contenders, but the Cowboys must be now looking at run to the title game.
The Bears will be disappointed that they couldn’t turn three Spencer Sanders interceptions into more points. The Cowboys’ QB didn’t look any better than recent weeks (15/23 182-1-3) but made up for it a little with 76 yards on 12 carries. He had a nice deep shot to the endzone that demonstrated his ball placement for the Owens touchdown, but not much else. Warren had a nice day on the ground with 36-125-2, whilst Martin led the receivers with 6-110-0. Regardless, huge questions remain about the Oklahoma State offence and what will happen when they face a more complete team.
THE BEARS SHOW LITTLE
Baylor didn’t show much either. Gerry Bohannon had a few explosive plays but ended with a poor stat-line of 13/27 173-0-0. After the defence handed him the ball off three interceptions, the Baylor fans will be rueing the missed opportunities. Abram Smith had another nice day on the ground with 10-97-1, whilst Estrada did well through the air with 6-88-0, but that was pretty much it for the Bears.
Quite frankly, I picked the wrong game for Game of the Week. I should’ve gone with my instincts and covered Texas @ TCU which turned into an absolute barnburner featuring huge games from two future NFL running backs. One thing worth noting is that the Cowboys get a bye-week this weekend before their game the following week against Texas. The Longhorns, however, go up against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Shootout which is bound to effect preparation for the Cowboys.
Red River is already the pick for next week and I promise I’ll have some more impactful analysis for you following what will be a much better game (we hope).
This game made it feel like it is Zach Evans’ and Bijan Robinson’s world and we are all simply living in it. Evans went for 15-113-1 plus 11 yards receiving, whilst Robinson went for 35-216-2 plus 22 yards receiving. Both QB’s did ok, but that was all. Thompson and Duggan posted very mediocre stat-lines, neither of whom threw for over 182 yards. The Longhorns just executed a bit better than the Horned Frogs did and did enough to close the game.
Lincoln Riley was agitated a lot on the side-line on Saturday, something we rarely see from the calm and collected head coach. He was agitated for good reason as the Sooners came within 7 points of a third loss in a row to the Wildcats. A Triumphant return from Skylar Thompson lifted spirits in Manhattan and he outplayed Rattler hands-down. Thompson recorded a 320-3-0 whilst Rattler went for 243-2-1. The Wildcats did almost everything through star playmaker Duece Vaughn who caused OU problems all game. The Sooners did enough to win, but fans have to be concerned about next week’s Red River Shootout with how strong Texas’ offence looks.
WVA slip to 0-2 in conference after losing at home to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Matt Wells will be delighted with this road win after a bit of a stomping last week from the Longhorns. It was one of those typically gritty in-conference games that was important for both sides. Neal Brown will now be pretty concerned with road games against Baylor and TCU coming up next. Although QB Doege had a decent day with 25/33 318-1-0.
Brock Purdy and Breece Hall stomped all over the Jayhawks this past Saturday. Purdy recorded a healthy 17/22 245-4-0 whilst Hall did most of the work on the ground with 17-123-2. Hutchinson also had a nice game, picking apart the Kansas defence with 7-96-1. The one bright spot for Leipold will be the decent run game they established with Neal running for 83 yards off 15 carries. A reset week for the Cyclones, just another week for the Jayhawks.
Written by Jake @dyanstybrit