Baylor Can’t Stop Anybody

Baylor’s in trouble people.

When you’re this far into the season and you’re conference record is the same as Kansas, you’ve got real issues.

We think there are problems at West Virginia – and there are – it’s not to the degree of the Bears, who gave up 35 points to Iowa State on Saturday and improved their scoring defense while losing their fourth straight game. They are now giving up 42.7 points per game.


Somebody named Steele Jantz set career highs with 381 yards passing and five touchdowns for Iowa State against the Bears. He had not started a game since late September and it wasn’t until his fifth touchdown pass did he get his career total to more scores than interceptions (21-20).

It would be nice to think that Baylor was surprised that Jantz was the starter, considering Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads kept it a secret for much of the week, but the guess here is that it didn’t really matter.

The Bears can’t stop anyone.

The good news in Waco is it might get better before it gets worse. Up next is Kansas and one of these teams will ”earn” their first Big 12 victory of the season this week.

After that, it’s Oklahoma on the road, which evidently, isn’t at difficult as it used to be, then home games against No. 3 Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State to close the season.

The last three teams on the schedule are all in the top 12 in the country in scoring offense.

This defense could be historically bad.

In the rankings

Kansas State, which continues to show the way in the Big 12, is still sitting on the outside looking in when it comes to the BCS standings. It’s not worth talking about a team this good not getting to play for a national championship because there’s a lot of football to be played (Remember December 2007 WVU fans?). For now, the Wildcats sit third in the AP Poll (which doesn’t count for much these days) right in front of an unbeaten Notre Dame team everyone and their grandchildren will push ahead of them, should one of the top two teams fall.

West Virginia sat last week out and still gained two spots up to No. 23, while Oklahoma tumbled again to 14 behind half of the SEC. Texas Tech is at No. 20. Oklahoma State and Texas are receiving votes.

The games

Aside from Baylor stinking up the joint, Oklahoma getting beaten by Notre Dame at home, and Kansas State putting on another Collin Klein Show at Texas Tech (he’s basically unstoppable – Klein had 233 passing yards and two touchdowns, 83 rushing yards and two more scores), Wes Lunt returned as Oklahoma State’s quarterback and threw for 324 yards and a touchdown in his first start in six weeks and Quinn Sharp tied a school record with five field goals as the Cowboys beat in-over-its-head TCU, which is 1-3 since suspending starting quarterback Casey Pachall. Finally, Texas had to call on Colt McCoy’s little brother to beat Kansas, which has lost three handfuls of Big 12 games in a row.

This week’s games

Oklahoma at Iowa State

TCU at West Virginia

Kansas at Baylor

Texas at Texas Tech

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

Finally, some Big East football. Oh wait. Both West Virginia and TCU paid handsome sums so they didn’t have to hear those words this season.

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