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October 8, 2012

Big 12 Stock Report: Week 6

Several key Big 12 games were decided over the weekend -- that means stocks are rising and falling. Here's a quick recap of how each league team fared and where they stand now:

The Horned Frogs struggled without quarterback Casey Pachall in a 37-23 loss to Iowa State. But their defense also gave up 30 points (that doesn't include the ISU interception return for touchdown), and it couldn't stop the Cyclones at key moments of the game. Plus, the Frogs turned the ball over five times. A road trip to Baylor awaits.

The Bears were off over the weekend following their 70-63 loss at West Virginia two Saturdays ago.

The Sooners beat Texas Tech 41-20 Saturday and in the process did two things: 1) Beat the Red Raiders in Lubbock for the first time since 2003, and 2) Vaulted themselves back into the Big 12 title picture. OU dominated what looked to be a decent Tech team that entered the game undefeated coming off a win at Iowa State. The Sooners face rival Texas on Saturday.

Hard to downgrade the Longhorns too much after their narrow 48-45 loss to West Virginia at home. Texas rattled Geno Smith early, something that hasn't happened all season. But in the end, the Mountaineers just kept on scoring. Now the Longhorns, still very much in the Big 12 title picture, face an Oklahoma team in a similar position Saturday in Dallas.
Kansas State started slow against Kansas before pulling away en route to a 56-16 win over the Jayhawks. The Wildcats now turn their focus toward a road trip to Iowa State this weekend.
The Cyclones were physical on defense and, at times, explosive on offense in their win over the Frogs. They're still somewhat limited on offense, but with a defense led by linebackers A.J. Klein and Jake Knott, ISU will be a tough win for any Big 12 team down the stretch.
OK, I'll give it up to the Jayhawks. They made it competitive in the first half Saturday against Kansas State. But it's hard to give anything better than a downgrade when you end up losing by 40. KU travels to Oklahoma State on Saturday in search of its first FBS win this season.

The Cowboys were off Saturday. Their next three games -- Kansas, Iowa State and TCU --  will be key in setting them up for a tough stretch starting Nov. 3 at Kansas State.
Entering the weekend, the Red Raiders were undefeated and wavering on the edge of becoming a legitimate Big 12 contender. Oklahoma took care of that quickly. Seth Doege threw three interceptions, and the Tech defense, No. 1 nationally before the game, gave up 380 yards of offense. The Red Raiders host West Virginia on Saturday.

The Mountaineers, for the first time all season, were faced with a little adversity early Saturday night against Texas. They responded. And they did it in front of 100,000 people. Geno Smith further cemented his Heisman candidacy, throwing for four touchdowns and 268 yards, but the star for West Virginia, and the player who makes this offense nearly unstoppable, was running back Andrew Buie, who rushed for 207 yards.



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