Big 12 offensive player rankings: Week 8

Oklahoma University quarterback Baker Mayfield is sacked by K-State during the football game between OU and K-State on Oct. 17, 2015, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (File Photo by George Walker | The Collegian)

1. Dede Westbrook, senior WR, Oklahoma

Westbrook torched the K-State defense all day long, bringing in nine receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns, including an 88-yard reception. Westbrook exposed the Wildcats’ secondary with his quickness and speed, leaving the Wildcats shell-shocked. Westbrook was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.

2. Baker Mayfield, junior QB, Oklahoma

Mayfield made sure his Sooners got back on track with a big win at home against the Wildcats, 38-17. Mayfield picked apart the K-State secondary with quick, intermediate routes and then aired it out when the defense played press coverage. Another big game for Mayfield as he threw for 346 yards, four touchdowns and a pick.

3. Rushel Shell, senior RB, West Virginia

Shell broke out of his shell this week against the Red Raiders, rushing 21 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns. This was Shell’s biggest performance of the season, bouncing back from a couple of tough weeks against BYU and K-State. Shell helped lead his team to a blowout win over Texas Tech 48-17.

4. Jonathan Giles, sophomore WR, Texas Tech

Another huge game for Giles as he racked up 136 receiving yards on eight catches with two touchdowns to go along with it. Giles has had a monster year for the Red Raiders, already scoring nine touchdowns and 750 receiving yards. Giles is making a case as a Heisman candidate, but his Red Raiders just keep on losing.

5. Seth Russell, senior QB, Baylor

Russell didn’t play a perfect game Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks, completing only nine of 22 pass attempts, two of which were touchdown passes. But you don’t have to play a perfect game to beat KU. Russell also ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Russell flat-out beat the Jayhawks single-handedly.

6. Skyler Howard, senior QB, West Virginia

Howard played a very efficient game against Texas Tech, completing 21 of 31 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown. The Mountaineers exploited the Red Raiders’ weak defense all game, putting up big numbers all around. Howard has done a good job leading his Mountaineers to a perfect 5-0 record this year.

7. Patrick Mahomes II, junior QB, Texas Tech

Mahomes continues to find his name in the top 10 of Big 12 offensive leaders, but his performances are still not enough to help his team win games. There’s been word that Mahomes has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, which could be a reason he keeps turning the ball over. Mahomes had a solid performance against West Virginia, tallying 305 passing yards, one touchdown and an interception.

8. KD Cannon, junior WR, Baylor

Cannon had a quality game against the Jayhawks Saturday, catching three balls for 75 yards and a touchdown. Cannon continued his success this year with somewhat of a quiet but steady performance. Cannon has found himself as a candidate on the Maxwell, Fred Biletnikoff and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose award lists.

9. D’Onta Foreman, junior RB, Texas

Foreman might be the most underrated player in the country, including where he sits on this list. Foreman has put up big numbers all season long and has been the workhorse for an under-performing Texas team. Foreman ran the ball an astounding 30 times for 136 yards and a touchdown against Iowa State. Foreman continues to be the lone bright spot on another disappointing Longhorns’ team.

10. Shane Buechele, freshman QB, Texas

In what was a quiet week overall for Big 12 offensive players, Shane Buechele, the freshman quarterback for the Longhorns, had a solid performance against the Cyclones. Completing 26 of 38 passing for 296 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, Buechele continues to have a surprising freshman campaign at Texas. Buechele might be the light at the end of the tunnel for the struggling Longhorns.