Oklahoma State's impressive performance against Baylor on Saturday raised some eyebrows nationally, but Big 12 coaches acted as if they'd seen this script before.
Texas coach Mack Brown said his staff watched the game but is solely focused on playing Texas Tech on Thanksgiving Day.
“I can honestly say I didn't think a lot about it before the game. I think they're both really good teams,” Brown said. “We were talking about the Big 12 championship probably too much before Oklahoma State.
“Oklahoma State's playing really well right now. We know Baylor has a great team, but we've got all of our focus on Texas Tech.”
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder did not watch the game, but he wasn't surprised by the outcome.
“In this conference, this day and age in college football, nothing should be a surprise to anybody,” Snyder said. “Going into it, I wouldn't have been able to say who's the clear cut winner.”
TCU coach Gary Patterson expanded on not only what OSU did well but what Baylor lacked.
“It's the same problem whether it's Baylor or any of us: you can't turn the ball over when you get down in the red zone,” Patterson said, commenting on Baylor's key fumble at the OSU 1-yard line in the first quarter.
The Horned Frogs get the unenviable task of facing Baylor this week in the revival of an old Southwest Conference rivalry.
“They still have a chance to win a conference title, so I expect to get their ‘A' game,” Patterson said.
IN-STATE RIVALRIES FIRE UP AGAIN
Kansas followed its first Big 12 win in 27 games with a 34-0 loss against Iowa State.
The Jayhawks now wrap up the Big 12 slate with an in-state rivalry game against Kansas State on Saturday. Kansas coach Charlie Weis said it won't be tough for the Jayhawks to get motivated for this game.
“How tough is it to get up when you're playing your in-state rival?” Weis said. “Saturday night and after the game, I ripped into them as bad as you can be ripped into. Sunday, we moved on to Kansas State. We've tried to put an even greater emphasis on the importance of this game.”
Kansas State has won the last four meetings, but Kansas leads the all-time series 64-41-5.
Entering their Thursday game, Texas and Texas Tech are each coming off losses — in the Red Raiders' case four consecutive defeats.
“I think we've played really good teams in the month of November, and they've beat us,” said Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingbury. “And that's something we need to improve with our team: when we play high-quality teams, we have to have better showings.”
HOLGORSEN: NOT PLAYING FOR NEXT SEASON
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was honest about the final game of the season on Saturday against Iowa State: The Mountaineers aren't looking ahead to next season.
Even though they won't be participating in a bowl, the Mountaineers (4-7) are coming off a bye week after a stunning 31-19 loss to Kansas on Nov. 19.
West Virginia closes against Iowa State on Saturday.
“They won't take that approach,” Holgorsen said. “You only get a certain amount of games, and they're all important.
“It wouldn't be fair to the seniors or our fan base to not put our best foot forward to win the game.”
All of the Big 12 honorees this week had Oklahoma ties.
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was named the Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 370 yards and three touchdowns against Baylor. Teammate Daytawion Lowe was named Defensive Player of the Week after posting 10 tackles and a pass breakup. Special Teams Player of the Week went to Kansas State's Tyler Lockett. The Tulsa Washington product had 440 all-purpose yards (278 receiving, 162 on kickoff returns) and three receiving touchdowns in the Wildcats' 41-31 loss to Oklahoma.
BIG 12 LANDS COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS FINALISTS
Baylor offensive lineman Cyril Richardson was named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the best interior lineman in the country by the Football Writers Association of America.
Richardson is joined by defensive lineman Aaron Donald of Pittsburgh and offensive lineman Jake Matthews of Texas A&M on the final list. The winner will be announced Dec. 12.
OSU defensive back Justin Gilbert was named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, and Texas kicker Anthony Fera was selected as a Lou Groza Award finalist, given to the outstanding place-kicker in college football.
One glaring omission was Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro from the John Mackey Award finalists. Amaro leads all tight ends nationally in receptions (92) and receiving yards (1,157), miles ahead of the three finalists — North Carolina's Eric Ebron (50 catches, 774 yards), Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins (31, 361) and Florida State's Nick O'Leary (27, 457).
TV DATES ANNOUNCED
Only two games are on the Big 12 slate for Dec. 7. And they're pretty big.
Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be at 11 a.m. in Stillwater, broadcast by ABC, while Texas at Baylor will be on FOX at 2:30 p.m.
“I'm not a big fan of these open dates. I would have an open date after the third or fourth game of the year just for everybody to just catch their breath after August practice. … We work with it, it's the hand we've been dealt and we do the best we can.” — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy when asked whether or not he likes having a week off this late in the season. OSU is off this week before playing Oklahoma on Dec. 7.