1. Mason Rudolph, junior QB, Oklahoma State
There is finally a new player at the top. Rudolph earned the honor with his impressive performance against Texas. Rudolph carried the Cowboys; he had 392 yards and three touchdowns through the air. He consistently made difficult throws, threading the needle many times. Rudolph could have another big game Saturday when Oklahoma State takes on Iowa State.
2. Shock Linwood, senior RB, Baylor
The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week had himself a game against Iowa State. Although the Bears struggled and had to come back from behind, Linwood’s play was a bright spot. Linwood ran for 237 yards and a touchdown on just 25 carries. That is an incredible 9.5 yards per carry.
3. Jonathan Giles, sophomore WR, Texas Tech
Giles’ stats may be inflated because of the Jayhawks’ defense, but Giles’ stats are impressive nonetheless. Giles hauled in 12 balls for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Giles is quietly leading the Big 12 in receiving yards per game, and if he keeps this pace up, he will eventually start turning heads.
4. Kenny Hill, junior QB, TCU
Hill had another great game in what is becoming a very good season for the Texas A&M transfer. Hill threw for 449 yards and five touchdowns in the loss to Oklahoma. Despite Hill’s success, the Horned Frogs have still struggled and will need to field a better defense for Hill to get noticed.
5. Taj Williams, junior WR, TCU
Another Horned Frog here. Williams had an outstanding game against the Sooners last week. He burned the Oklahoma secondary numerous times on his way to 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns on only five catches.
6. Patrick Mahomes II, junior QB, Texas Tech
Mahomes moves down a few spots not because of his time on the field but because of his time off of it. Mahomes was injured in the third quarter of the Red Raiders’ game against Kansas. Despite not playing most of the second half, Mahomes still managed 277 yards and four touchdowns. That’s better than what most quarterbacks throw for in an entire game.
7. Nic Shimonek, junior QB, Texas Tech
That’s right. This week we have two Texas Tech quarterbacks in the rankings. Shimonek honestly might have even been more impressive than Mahomes. I know it was against Kansas, but still, in a quarter-and-a-half Shimonek threw for 271 yards and four touchdowns. K-State will have its hands full this week no matter who starts at quarterback.
8. D’Onta Foreman, junior RB, Texas
Despite the loss against the Cowboys, the Texas running back had a heck of a game. Foreman ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns on the day and averaged 8.7 yards per carry. Foreman quietly leads the Big 12 in rushing despite missing a game because of injury.
9. Baker Mayfield, junior QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield did not put up crazy numbers against TCU but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a good game. Mayfield is the engine that runs the Sooners’ offense and he ran it very efficiently. Mayfield finished with 274 yards and two touchdowns, completing more than 75 percent of his passes.
10. Dede Westbrook, senior WR, Oklahoma
Westbrook was Mayfield’s’ top target on Saturday against the Horned Frogs. Westbrook hauled in seven balls for 158 yards and two touchdowns.