Big 12 football season picks up speed with no bye weeks remaining

K-State Wildcats celebrate a touchdown during the football game against Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 13, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 31-12. (Emily Lenk | Collegian Media Group)

All Big 12 teams are back in action this week after only two conference games last weekend. Kyler Murray still has a chance at winning the Heisman Trophy, and almost every team remains bowl eligible.

10. University of Kansas (2-5, 0-4)

Kansas lost to the Red Raiders 48-16 on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

The offense struggled, failing to get into the end-zone until the end of the third quarter.

Quarterback Peyton Bender threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Pooka Williams Jr. was held to only 81 yards rushing.

Despite having not won a Big 12 game this season, the Jayhawks leads the Big 12 with 12 interceptions and a +14 turnover margin. Their ability to create turnovers is overshadowed by the fact they are ninth in the conference in points allowed per game (29.6) and last in total defense (422.9 yards per game).

Kansas returns home to host TCU this Saturday at 2 p.m. on FS1.

9. Baylor University (4-3, 2-2)

Baylor comes off its bye week needing two more wins in order to become bowl eligible.

Wide receiver and running back Jalen Hurd is second in the Big 12 with an average of 6.7 receptions per game, and has scored three rushing and three receiving touchdowns this season.

Baylor will be back in action on Thursday night against West Virginia at 6 p.m. on FS1.

8. Oklahoma State University (4-3, 1-3)

Oklahoma State is also coming out of a bye week and will be looking to get back in the win column after two surprising losses to Iowa State and Kansas State.

Defensive end Jordan Brailford leads the Big 12 in sacks with eight and tackles for loss with 12.5.

After losing three of its last four, Oklahoma State is still third in the Big 12 in scoring offense, averaging 39.4 points per game.

The Cowboys are still on track to become bowl eligible, but the team is likely out of the running for a Big 12 championship after a 1-3 start in Big 12 play.

After the bye week, the Cowboys will host the Longhorns under the lights in Stillwater on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ABC.

7. Kansas State University (3-4, 1-3)

K-State went into a bye week after an impressive win over Oklahoma State.

Running back Alex Barnes leads the Big 12 in rushing with 112.6 yards per game and touchdowns scored with nine.

Defensive end Reggie Walker has posted 4.5 sacks in Big 12 games, ranking second in the conference in such games.

The Wildcats will have to make a late-season push to became bowl eligible and will start that campaign on the road against Oklahoma on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FOX.

6. Texas Christian University (3-4, 1-3)

TCU lost 52-27 against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Sophomore quarterback Michael Collins came into the game for Shawn Robinson and threw for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

KaVontae Turpin had five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown, as well as a kick return touchdown.

Turpin was arrested on a charge of assault of a woman on Sunday, and today was released from the team.

The Horned Frogs will play Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday at 2 p.m. on FS1.

5. Texas Tech University (5-2, 3-1)

Texas Tech defeated Kansas at home on Saturday in a 48-16 rout.

Quarterback Alan Bowman returned from an injury and threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns.

Running back Ta’Zhawn Henry rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown, and is second in the Big 12 in touchdowns with eight on the season.

The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 in total offense, averaging 552 yards per game.

Texas Tech has a chance of making a push to the Big 12 Championship, but it will be an uphill battle to reach the top.

Texas Tech will play on the road against Iowa State on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

4. Iowa State University (3-3, 2-2)

Iowa State went into a bye week after an impressive 30-14 upset win over West Virginia.

Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy just might be the new starting quarterback for the Cyclones. In just two games, he has thrown for 572 yards and seven touchdowns.

Purdy also defeated two top-25 ranked teams in his first two career appearances.

The Cyclones will host Texas Tech on Saturday on ESPN2 at 11 a.m.

3. No. 13 West Virginia University (5-1, 3-1)

West Virginia had a bye last week after the loss to Iowa State two weeks ago.

Quarterback Will Grier is second in the Big 12 with 22 touchdowns through six games.

West Virginia still has the number one scoring defense in the Big 12 as opponents are averaging only 20.5 points per game against them.

The Mountaineers will kick off the second half of their season at home against Baylor on Thursday night at 6 p.m. on FS1.

2. No. 8 University of Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1)

Oklahoma faced off against TCU on Saturday in a dominating 52-27 victory.

Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman running back Kennedy Brooks rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Linebackers Kenneth Murray and Curtis Bolton are first and second in the Big 12 in total tackles, with 85 and 81 respectively.

Kyler Murray still has a solid chance of winning the Heisman Trophy, coming in second on ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch. He leads the Big 12 in total offense with 344 yards per game.

The Sooners have the number one scoring offense in the Big 12, averaging 49 points per game.

Oklahoma will play K-State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Norman on FOX.

1. No. 6 University of Texas (6-1, 4-0)

The Longhorns are currently riding a six-game winning streak and are looking to take a commanding lead in the Big 12 standings as the only team undefeated in Big 12 play.

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger should be on track to start on Saturday after a sprain to his throwing shoulder last time out against Baylor. The sophomore has thrown for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Texas is third in the Big 12 in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 23 points a game. It has the second-best rushing defense in the Big 12, only allowing 126 yards per game.

Texas will play Oklahoma State on the road in primetime on Saturday at 7 p.m. on ABC.