The Big 12 found a way to squeeze a ton of action into only three games this week.
The headline, of course, is Oklahoma State’s 49-17 rout of previously undefeated Baylor. The Cowboys’ win knocks the Big 12 out of the BCS championship picture and puts Oklahoma State in control of its fate for the Fiesta Bowl.
The Cowboys’ rout to the Big 12 title won’t be easy, though. Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 41-31 to quiet one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 and to ensure the Bedlam Game will be between ranked teams.
Even Iowa State picked up its first league win of the season with a 34-0 victory over Kansas.
Big 12 Week 13 Awards and Power Rankings
Offensive Player of the Week: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys’ offense has evolved through the course of the season, most notably with return to Clint Chelf as starting quarterback. Even though he’d shown marked improvement, an explosion like the one against Baylor was a shock. Chelf completed his first 11 passes as Oklahoma State built a commanding lead in the third quarter. Chelf, who has started the last five games, finished 19 of 25 for 370 yards with four total touchdowns.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jeremiah George, Iowa State
The Iowa State linebacker has been a bright spot in a forgettable season for the Cyclones. In the shutout of Kansas, George again stood out with 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
Freshman of the Week: Trevor Knight, Oklahoma
Like Oklahoma State, the rival Sooners started the season with one quarterback, switched and now returned to the opening day starter. Oklahoma went back to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight this week out of necessity with Blake Bell out following a concussion. Knight responded by completing 14 of 20 passes for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 41-31 road win over Kansas State. Knight added 82 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
Team of the Week: Oklahoma State
Few teams have shown more improvement through the course of the season than Oklahoma State. The Pokes lost their Big 12 opener 30-21 at West Virginia in what hardly seemed like a major upset at the time. Now, it's a head-scratching loss. The Cowboys demolished Baylor and Texas by a combined score of 87-30 for both the Bears’ and Longhorns’ first conference losses of the season. The Pokes will head into the Bedlam Game in two weeks with a chance for their second Big 12 championship in three seasons.
Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
As impressive as Oklahoma State’s offense was against Baylor, Glenn Spencer’s defense was even more so. The Cowboys did what no other team could do this season by shutting down the Baylor offense, holding the Bears to merely a field goal through the first three quarters. Oklahoma State stifled the run game to 2.6 yards per carry and forced four three-and-outs.
Big 12 Post-Week 13 Power Rankings
W, Baylor 49-17
L, at Oklahoma State 49-17
Texas Tech (Thu.)
W, at Kansas State 41-31
L, Oklahoma 41-31
at Texas (Thu.)
W, Kansas 34-0
at West Virginia
L, at Iowa State 34-0