Ranked K-State jumps to third in the Big 12, Oklahoma remains top dog

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Freshman defensive back Kenyon Reed runs down the field in the football game against Bowling Green in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019. The Wildcats beat the Falcons with a final score of 52-0. (Emily Lenk | Collegian Media Group)

10. Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks lost a tough conference game with the Mountaineers on Saturday, 29-24. Senior quarterback Carter Stanley threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Junior wide receiver Andrew Parchment had five receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back duo sophomore Pooka Williams and senior Khalil Herbert are fourth and fifth in the Big 12 rushing leaderboard, combining for 680 yards through four games.

Kansas will face TCU on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1.

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders are coming off a bye week to face Oklahoma without starting sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman, who is expected to miss several weeks with a shoulder injury.

Bowman leads the conference in passing yards with 1,020 in three games. Junior quarterback Jett Duffey will likely be the starter for the Red Raiders.

Junior wide receiver T.J. Vasher is tied for fourth in the Big 12 in receptions per game, averaging six per game for 18 total receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas Tech will face Oklahoma on the road on Saturday at 11 a.m on Fox.

8. TCU Horned Frogs

TCU struggled in a 41-38 home loss to Southern Methodist on Saturday. Freshman quarterback Max Duggan threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns. The loss pushed the Horned Frogs out of the AP Poll’s top 25.

Junior linebacker Garret Wallow leads the Big 12 with 42 tackles and nine tackles for loss.

The Horned Frogs enter their Big 12 opener against Kansas at 11 a.m. on Saturday as the 15.5-point favorite.

7. Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones gained momentum in a 72-20 win over Louisiana Monroe on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy threw for a career-high 435 yards and three touchdowns. Purdy was also effective in the run game with nine carries for 75 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore wide receiver Tarique Milton had three receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa State will travel to Waco to face Baylor on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

6. Baylor Bears

Baylor escaped an upset with a 21-13 win over Rice on Saturday, improving to 3-0.

Junior quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 303 yards and one touchdown. Brewer also led the Bears in rushing with 12 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown.

Baylor cruised through its first two games of the season, but Saturday’s matchup against Iowa State will be the team’s first challenge.

The Bears enter the game as 3-point underdogs.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers defeated the Jayhawks last Saturday. Senior running back Martell Pettaway had six carries for 40 yards and two touchdowns.

The Mountaineer defense had four tackles for losses including two sacks and an interception.

Sophomore defensive lineman Dante Stills had one sack and leads the conference in sacks with four.

West Virginia will have a bye week before hosting Texas in week six.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys lost to Texas in their Big 12 opener last Saturday, but sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard got his work in with 37 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Hubbard leads the Big 12 in rushing yards and a touchdown with 642 yards and nine touchdowns through four games.

Oklahoma State is the third-highest scorer in the Big 12 but ranks seventh in time of possession. The trademark fast-paced offense could be a problem for opponents.

The Cowboys will play K-State on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

3. Kansas State Wildcats

K-State jumped to 24th in the AP Poll during its first bye week of the season.

Despite the extensive rushing core, senior running back James Gilbert is sixth in the conference in rushing, averaging 92.3 yards per game.

The Wildcats rush for an average of 280 yard per game on offense, putting them behind only Oklahoma.

K-State’s defense is first in scoring defense. Opponents average 13 points per game.

K-State heads into conference play looking to make a statement against Big 12 opponents.

The Wildcats enter the matchup as 4 point underdogs against Oklahoma State.

2. Texas Longhorns

Texas has a much-needed bye week after a 36-30 win over Oklahoma State. Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay had 12 receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown.

Texas remains out of the AP top ten but still has a chance to make the playoff.

The Longhorns will make the long road trip to West Virginia after the bye week.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

After a bye week, the Sooners enter a matchup against Texas Tech as 27.5 point favorites.

Senior quarterback Jalen Hurts leads the Big 12 in total offense averaging 417.7 yards per game with nine passing touchdowns through three games.

Oklahoma dominated their non-conference opponents and leads the Big 12 in offensive points per game with 55.7.

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