Texas Tech lost a close one to Texas A&M in Week 6.
By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)
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1. Oklahoma (5-0) – The Red River Rivalry was a one-sided affair on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners jumped out to a 34-10 lead at halftime and cruised to a 55-17 victory. The defense posted three scores, while quarterback Landry Jones threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma is clearly one of the best teams in the nation and is on track for a showdown against rival Oklahoma State in the season finale. The Sooners and Cowboys still have a few landmines to clear, but the winner of Bedlam could be in prime position for a spot in the national title game.
2. Oklahoma State (5-0) – The Cowboys gave up an opening drive touchdown to Kansas, but that was about the only time Saturday’s game was in doubt. Oklahoma State cruised to a 70-28 victory over the Jayhawks, led by quarterback Brandon Weeden’s five touchdown tosses. Weeden’s day was done just before halftime, allowing backup Clint Chelf to get some valuable reps. The Cowboys have a tough two-game road trip up next, as they visit Texas this Saturday, followed by a date at Missouri on Oct. 22.
3. Kansas State (5-0) – It’s time to stop doubting the Wildcats. Kansas State was a home underdog going into Saturday’s matchup against Missouri, but emerged with a 24-17 victory. The Wildcats continue to be one of the top surprises in college football this season, with coach Bill Snyder deserving serious consideration for coach of the year. With the win over Missouri, Kansas State is 5-0 for the first time since 2000. The Wildcats travel to Lubbock for an intriguing matchup against Texas Tech this week.
4. Texas A&M (3-2) – After watching back-to-back leads evaporate in the second half the last two weeks, it was important for the Aggies to seize control of this game in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t easy, but Texas A&M snapped a two-game losing streak and defeated Texas Tech 45-40. It’s a longshot, but the Aggies could still win 10 games this year. The task starts on Saturday, as Baylor makes the short trip from Waco to College Station.
5. Baylor (4-1) – The Bears went scoreless in the first quarter, but eventually rallied for a 49-26 win over Iowa State. Coming off its first loss of 2011, it was important for Baylor to get back in the win column and rebuild the confidence before a tough stretch of games. Quarterback Robert Griffin remained squarely in the Heisman mix, posting 319 yards and two scores against the Cyclones. The Bears travel to College Station for a matchup against Texas A&M this Saturday.
6. Texas (4-1) – The Longhorns are better than they were last season, but still not anywhere close to the class that Oklahoma is in right now. Texas suffered its first defeat of 2011 with Saturday’s 55-17 loss to the Sooners. The quarterback combination of Case McCoy and David Ash struggled to generate much production against the Sooners’ defense, while the Longhorns had three turnovers returned for touchdowns. Texas’ young secondary also took a beating, with Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones throwing for 367 yards. The Longhorns won’t have much time to regroup, as Oklahoma State visits Austin on Saturday.
7. Missouri (2-3) – It’s been a season of close calls for the Tigers. All three of Missouri’s losses have been decided by 10 points or less, including a 38-28 defeat to Oklahoma. After Saturday’s 24-17 loss to Kansas State, it’s fair to wonder whether this team will be able to get bowl eligible. The Tigers host Iowa State this Saturday, but still have games against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech remaining.
8. Texas Tech (4-1) – The Red Raiders fell short against Texas A&M, losing 45-40 for their first defeat of 2011. In addition to the loss, running back Eric Stephens is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Stephens was off to a solid start, rushing for 570 yards and eight touchdowns in five games. The offense should get a boost with the return of receiver Darrin Moore, who suffered an ankle injury in the 35-34 win over Nevada. The Red Raiders host 5-0 Kansas State this Saturday.
9. Iowa State (3-2) – After a hot 3-0 start, the Cyclones have cooled off with back-to-back losses. Quarterback Steele Jantz kept Iowa State within striking distance against Baylor, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns. However, the Cyclones had no answer on defense for Bears’ quarterback Robert Griffin and running back Terrance Ganaway. The schedule won’t get any easier for Iowa State this week, as they travel to Columbia to take on Missouri.
10. Kansas (2-3) – The Jayhawks began the year 2-0, but are trending in the wrong direction over the last three games. The defense has been awful, allowing 40 points in four contests this season. Additionally, the Jayhawks rank last nationally in total and scoring defense. Don’t expect those numbers to get any better this Saturday, as Kansas hosts Oklahoma.