Sunday, October 2, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 5: Big 12

It was another less than stellar week in Big 12 play, where even two winners get failing grades for not putting teams away, or just playing lazy football in situations where a blowout was warranted. One of those grades goes to Oklahoma for their half baked approach to their 4th quarter win against TCU, and one goes to Baylor, for allowing one of the worst teams in the nation to dominate them for three quarters before finally deciding to show up and play in the 4th. Here are the miserable grades for the Big 12 in week 5:

Big 12
PASS: Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, West Virginia
Pat Mahomes and Nic Shimonek both passed for 4 TDs as Texas Tech rolled past Kansas 55-19. Jonathon Giles caught 12 passes in the win and scored twice. The Red Raiders have scored 50 points in 9 straight home games.
Oklahoma State survived a wild 1st half to outlast Texas 49-31 in Stillwater. Mason Rudolph passed for 3 TDs and rushed for another, and the Cowboys took advantage of a crumbling Longhorn secondary all day long.
West Virginia survived a low scoring affair to beat Kansas State 17-16, and scored both of their TDs in the 4th to win it. This was just the 2nd win ever by the Mountaineers over Kansas State, and they are 4-0 for the 1st time since 2012.

FAIL: Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Kansas State
Kansas was down 28-9 at the half against Texas Tech and never made it seriously close. This was the 23rd loss in 25 games for the Jayhawks, who continue to show a lack of development under David Beaty.
Baylor needed a 17-0 run in the 4th quarter, and a FG as time expired to handle Iowa State, one of the worst teams in the nation. The Bears allowed ISU to gain 191 total yards in the 1st quarter alone, and were seriously fortunate to get out of Ames alive.
Iowa State also failed in this game, as they had Baylor beaten several times, and then laid an egg in the 4th when it counted, and accumulated just 7 total yards in the final quarter to lose to the Bears.
Oklahoma also fails despite a win this week that was just lazy. The Sooners, with a 3 TD lead in the 3rd, stopped playing football in the 4th thinking the game was in the bag against TCU, and allowed the Frogs to score 22 points in the final quarter to nearly steal the win. That’s lazy coaching, and lazy execution by the Sooners players.
TCU, despite nearly knocking off Oklahoma, also fails this week for completely imploding in the 3rd quarter, allowing 14 points that gave OU what they needed to get far enough ahead to walk away with a win. Had TCU gotten a better start in the 3rd, they win this football game.
Texas fell to Oklahoma State on the road, and has now allowed 40 points in 3 straight games after the 49-31 loss. What was even worse was the lack of tackling ability Texas displayed, and the lack of overall speed and talent to match up with OSU. Texas could not come up with a stop all day, and the defense may as well not have been on the field. It looks obvious that Charlie Strong is on his way out at the end of the year right now, barring some kind of miracle.

Kansas State has proven that they can defend. They held Skylar Howard to just one TD pass this week, but unfortunately, with a 16-3 lead entering the 4th, the Wildcats just shut down and allowed 14 points to lose for just the 2nd time ever to WVU. If Kansas State had an offense, any offense, they win this game. 

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