Baylor the new darkhorse as top teams face off in week seven

Senior running back James Gilbert runs the ball during K-State's football game against Baylor in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 5, 2019. The Wildcats fell to the Bears 31-12. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

10. Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks held their own but fell to Oklahoma 45-20 on Saturday. The win was the 15th consecutive win for Oklahoma against the Jayhawks.

Senior quarterback Carter Stanley threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Stephon Robinson led all receivers with five receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Kansas fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning over the weekend and hired analyst Brent Dearmon. The Jayhawks will have a lot of work to do in the bye week to make changes in the offensive system.

The Jayhawks will face Texas in week eight.

9. TCU Horned Frogs

Coming off the dominant win over Kansas, the Horned Frogs could not keep the momentum rolling against Iowa State. TCU was defeated 49-24 in Ames, Iowa.

Freshman quarterback Max Duggan went 17-25 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Jalen Reagor had four receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

The Horned Frogs will have a bye week before traveling to Manhattan to face Kansas State next Saturday.

8. West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers came close to ending Texas’s College Football Playoff hopes but fell short in a 42-31 loss on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Austin Kendall threw four interceptions but managed 367 yards and three touchdowns. Kendall finished with a 30.5 quarterback rating and has seven interceptions on the year.

The West Virginia defense contained Texas’s air attack but could not stop the run. The defense collected five tackles for loss, including three sacks, and forced one interception.

The 3-2 Mountaineers will face the 3-2 Iowa State Cyclones at home on Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

7. Kansas State Wildcats

K-State struggled in a 31-12 loss to Baylor in a game where the Wildcats were the early 1.5 point favorites.

Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 218 yards with one touchdown and one interception with one fumble. Thompson was sacked six times in the loss, and the ground game struggled to get going with only 123 total rushing yards.

The Wildcats are now 0-2 in the conference but sit at 3-2 and are still alive to reach a bowl game.

K-State has a week off to regroup before facing off against TCU next Saturday.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders pulled off a 45-35 upset over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Junior quarterback Jett Duffey threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver T.J. Vasher had five receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown. The Texas Tech offense collected 586 total yards.

The Texas Tech defense dominated with 14 tackles for losses, half of which were sacks, four quarterback hurries and forced five turnovers. The Oklahoma State offense still racked up 509 yards and 35 points.

Texas Tech will try to cool down Baylor, who remains unbeaten on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.

5. Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones got a much-needed win in a 49-24 rout of TCU at home on Saturday. The Cyclone offense erupted with 436 total yards against the Horned Frogs.

Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy had a highlight day, throwing for 247 yards with two touchdowns. Purdy also led the team in rushing with 102 yards and two touchdowns.

Iowa State will play West Virginia on Saturday as 10 point favorites.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys were unable to hold off Texas Tech in a 45-35 loss on Saturday. Freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns but could not take care of the ball.

Not only did Sanders finish with a 21.8 quarterback rating, but he also threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, which kept the dynamic Cowboy offense off the field and provided several opportunities for the Texas Tech offense. The Cowboys still managed to move the ball effectively with 509 total yards.

Sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Hubbard leads the nation in rushing with 1,094 yards. The second closest is junior running back J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State, who has 826 yards six games.

Despite the loss, the Cowboys have a chance to reach the Big 12 Championship but will have to win out the rest of the season.

Oklahoma State will have a bye week before facing Baylor at home next Saturday.

3. Baylor Bears

The Bears cruised out of Manhattan with a 31-12 win over K-State in week six. The Baylor defense kept the K-State offense to only 123 rushing yards and 12 points. Baylor also recorded 15 tackles for losses, including six sacks.

Junior quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 230 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back John Lovett rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns. The Baylor offense scored 31 points and had only 23:15 in time of possession.

Baylor is now 5-0 and sits at No. 22 in the AP Poll. The Bears could be a dark horse team to make some waves in the Big 12. The team has a lot of experience, which would be crucial late in the season.

The Bears enter the matchup against Texas Tech as 11 point favorites.

2. Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns avoided the upset in Morgantown, West Virginia, with a 42-31 win over the Mountaineers. The defense helped keep the Longhorns in the game with four interceptions, including two by sophomore defensive back D’Shawn Jamison.

Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. The ground game collectively rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns, including two by Ehlinger.

The Longhorns will try to end Oklahoma’s chances of making the College Football Playoff in the Red River rivalry on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma is the clear favorite to win the Big 12 and didn’t miss a beat with a 45-20 win over Kansas on Saturday.

Senior quarterback Jalen Hurts possibly had his worst game of the year with only 228 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but still has yet to play a full game. Hurts is still in contention for the Heisman trophy.

The Sooners lead the nation in total offense, averaging 643.8 yards per game.

The Sooners will have their biggest test of the season against long-time rival Texas, entering the matchup as 10.5 point favorites early in the week.