Oklahoma remains on top, Baylor stays in championship conversation in week 8

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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 are coming off a much-needed bye week after a rocky start to the season. Senior quarterback Carter Stanley has 1,175 passing yards on the season with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Junior wide receiver Andrew Parchment leads the Jayhawks with 422 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

The Jayhawks made a change at offensive coordinator during the bye week, so it will be interesting to see how the offense handles the adjustment this week on the road.

Kansas will play the Texas Longhorns at 6 p.m. on the Longhorn Network.

9. West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers may be descending from the mountaintop after a 3-3 start and a 38-14 loss at home on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Jack Allison stepped in and threw for 140 yards, one touchdown and one interception while junior quarterback Austin Kendall left the game due to an injury.

Junior defensive lineman Darius Stills and sophomore defensive lineman Dante Stills (yes, they are brothers) are third in the conference in sacks with four each on the season.

West Virginia will travel to Norman, Oklahoma, to face the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday at 11 a.m. on FOX.

8. Kansas State Wildcats

The Wildcats their second bye week in four weeks and are in need of a conference win.

Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson has 822 yards and five touchdowns. Senior running back James Gilbert leads the K-State rushing core with 415 yards and four touchdowns.

The Wildcats are second in the conference in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 19 points per game but are last in the conference in sacks with six.

The matchup between K-State and TCU puts the two leaders of the time of possession against each other. The Wildcats lead the conference, averaging 35:21. It will also feature former K-State Wildcat senior quarterback Alex Delton.

K-State will play TCU on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on the Fox Sports Network.

7. TCU Horned Frogs

The Horned Frogs are coming off a bye week at 3-2 after a 49-24 loss to Iowa State in week six.

Senior running back Darius Anderson is second in the conference in rushing, averaging 106.4 yards per game with six touchdowns on the year.

Freshman quarterback Max Duggan has 742 total passing yards with nine touchdowns.

The TCU defense leads the conference in rushing defense, which K-State relies on heavily, limiting opponents to 101.2 yards per game.

TCU will go on the road as 3.5 point favorites against K-State.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders came extremely close to defeating Baylor on the road but fell short in a 33-30 double-overtime thriller last Saturday.

Junior quarterback Jett Duffey threw for 362 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Freshman running back SaRodorick Thompson had 28 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

The Red Raider defense recorded three interceptions in the game, including one from senior defensive back Douglas Coleman III who leads the Big 12 with six.

Texas Tech will play Iowa State on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports One.

5. Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones turned the season around with a 38-14 win over West Virginia last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Freshman running back Breece Hall had a breakout day and rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

Purdy is second in total offense with 1,995 yards on the year and first in passing average per game with 301.2 yards.

After an early struggle to put points on the board, the Cyclones outscored opponents by over 20 points in their last two games. Iowa State ranks fifth the country in red zone offense with a 96.4 scoring percentage.

Iowa State will play Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, as seven-point favorites.

4. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys are 4-2 after the bye week. Sophomore running back Chubba Hubbard has dominated defenses and leads the nation in rushing with 1,094 yards in six games. Hubbard leads the Big 12 in touchdowns with 13 on the season, all of which are rushing.

Junior wide receiver Tylan Wallace leads the conference in receiving yards per game, averaging 117.2 yards. Wallace also has seven touchdowns.

The Cowboys have a chance to be in contention for the Big 12 Championship but will have to win out to get there.

Oklahoma State will host Baylor on Saturday at 3 p.m. on FOX.

3. Baylor Bears

The undefeated Bears outlasted Texas Tech in double overtime on Saturday. Junior quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 352 yards and three interceptions but rushed for three touchdowns to help the Bears avoid upset.

The Baylor defense leads the Big 12 with 23 sacks and has the second-best rushing defense through conference games. Opponents average 111.3 yards per game on the ground.

The Bears are technically bowl-eligible but have yet to play Oklahoma and Texas. The media preseason poll projected a sixth place finish for the Bears.

Baylor enters the road matchup against Oklahoma State as 4 point underdogs.

2. Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns lost to rival Oklahoma 34-27 last Saturday. With two losses on the season both coming from top-10 opponents LSU and Oklahoma, the dream of reaching the College Football Playoff is all but over.

Texas still has a chance to get revenge on the Sooners in the Big 12 Championship if the team can manage to go unbeaten the rest of the year.

The Sooner defense held junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger in check, keeping him to 210 passing yards on 26 completed attempts.

Ehlinger managed to rush for two touchdowns but rushed for -9 yards on 23 carries due to the fact that the Sooners got to him nine times.

Texas leads the conference in interceptions with 10 through six games and has a plus-seven turnover margin, which could become a factor as the season continues.

Texas will host Kansas as 21 point favorites.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners outlasted Texas in the Red River Showdown, nearly sealing their place in the Big 12 Championship, but still remain as a candidate for the College Football Playoff.

Senior quarterback Jalen Hurts was tested for the first time all season and threw for 235 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Hurts leads the conference in total offense with 2,388 total yards in six games.

Junior wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had a standout day with 171 yards and three touchdowns. Lamb is second in the conference in scoring with 11 touchdowns.

The Oklahoma defense dominated in the backfield, recording 15 tackles for losses, including nine sacks that tied a program record against Texas.

Oklahoma enters the matchup against West Virginia as 33.5 point favorites.

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