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Big 12 Update: Kansas Upsets OU with Bedlam Looming; K-State Is Hot with Texas Next

Big 12 = Mayhem



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

We expect chaos in the Big 12, but mama mayhem.

Basketball school Kansas upset conference leader OU, K-State is on fire, Texas won with its backup quarterback and Bedlam is now less than a week away.

The chaos has led to five teams with only one conference loss. A week ago, the Big 12 had two top-10 teams destined for Arlington and then the SEC, but now, there’s no clear frontrunner in the Big 12 with four weeks left. And this upcoming week may be even more hectic.

Hold on and keep up. Here’s your Big 12 update after Week 9, and as always, you can read about OSU’s win against Cincinnati here and throughout PFB.

Kansas 38, No. 6 Oklahoma 33

The goalposts in Lawrence were down and gone after Kansas upset No. 6 Oklahoma for its first win over a top-10 team in 26 years. It also snapped an 18-game losing skid for the Jayhawks against OU.

The game featured five lead changes and about an hour weather delay before KU scored with 55 seconds left and held off OU before pulling off what was deemed a “generational upset” in front of a homecoming crowd that stormed the field.

Devin Neal scored on a nine-yard run to put the Jayhawks ahead by five with under a minute left. OU looked sure to survive throughout the fourth quarter, even leading up to that final possession when the Sooners drove to KU’s 23-yard line. The Jayhawks prevailed, though, and created mayhem even for a conference known for chaos.

KU improved to 6-2 after a bye week and losing to OSU 39-32 in its last time out before hosting OU. The Sooners suffered their first loss of the season before a trip to Stillwater for the last Bedlam.

West Virginia 41, UCF 28

West Virginia seemed to be back on track after back-to-back losses with its strong showing against UCF.

The Mountains finally got back into the win column at 5-3 before hosting BYU on Saturday. WVU had lost two in a row to Houston and OSU, respectively.

Meanwhile, UCF is still in need of its first Big 12 win at 3-5. The Golden Knights have lost five straight after starting the season 3-0 and joining a Power Five conference got the best of them. Next week should be UCF’s best shot, though, when it travels to Cincinnati, which is also winless in Big 12 play and riding a six-game losing streak. The loser of that matchup will most likely finish its first campaign in a Power Five league without a conference win.

Kansas State 41, Houston 0

If OSU isn’t the hottest team in the Big 12 right now, then Kansas State is.

The Wildcats have won three straight since losing to OSU, outscoring opponents 120-24. Twenty-one of those 24 points given up the last three games came in the first one against Texas Tech after holding TCU to three points and shutting out Houston. At 6-2 and ignited, the Wildcats head to Texas next, as the Longhorns will be without starting quarterback Quinn Ewers.

Houston is 3-5 and will travel to Baylor next.

No. 7 Texas 35, BYU 6

This looked to be the matchup that could brew the biggest Big 12 upset of the weekend, but the Longhorns didn’t have any trouble without their starting quarterback against a solid BYU squad.

Maalik Murphy started behind center in replace of Quinn Ewers, going 16-of-25 for 170 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported this week that Ewers could miss 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. Texas’ next three games — if Ewers were to miss four weeks — are Kansas State, at TCU and at Iowa State. Although the Longhorns cruised past BYU, a backup quarterback against hot K-State and ISU teams could be trouble.

While Texas improved to 7-1, BYU dropped to 5-3 and continued its Big 12 trend of winning and losing every other conference game. The Cougars will travel to West Virginia on Saturday.

Iowa State 30, Baylor 18

Baylor may be struggling this season, but give Iowa State credit for continuing to win after having its roster raided by gambling allegations right before the season started.

Saturday, the Cyclones started the game up 17-0, and like usual, nothing stood out for ISU on the box score, but it still sealed a comfortable win. ISU is 5-3 with its only conference loss to OU, and the Cyclones are also the only Big 12 team to beat OSU. ISU hosts Kansas on Saturday, though, a week after the Jayhawks upset then-No. 6 OU. KU upending ISU would continue its outstanding season and also all but end the Cyclones’ chances at a trip to Arlington.

Baylor is 3-5 now before hosting Houston, also 3-5, on Saturday.

Big 12 Standings

Big 12Overall
Iowa State4-15-3
Oklahoma State4-16-2
Kansas State4-16-2
West Virginia3-25-3
Texas Tech2-33-5

Next Weekend’s Schedule

TCU at Texas Tech — 6 p.m. Thursday on FS1
Kansas State at Texas — 11 a.m. Saturday on FOX
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC
Houston at Baylor — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
UCF at Cincinnati — 2:30 p.m. Saturday on FS1
Kansas at Iowa State — 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN
BYU at West Virginia — 6 p.m. Saturday on FS1

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