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    1. This is a really cool feature. Gotta admit I'm glad to see Bishop Miege close to the top 25, even if my boys from Basehor have some history with them.
    2. What’s your experience starting true freshmen?

      I will play a true freshman if he's the best player available, and I'll redshirt him otherwise. Positive results for the most part. Notably: WR Malcolm Davis (2017): 61 receptions for 829 yards, 4 TD as a 2.5/5.0. That was the second-most receiving yards in a season we'd had to that point, and tied for the second-most touchdowns. Definitely made an impact, led the team in receiving by a lot, and I'm glad I started him. OT Ben Goode (2017): Hard to tell for sure, but we went from a 6.88 OL rating in 2016 to a 7.11 in 2017. I'm glad I started him. TE Noah Hills (2018): 39 receptions for 619 yards, 7 TD as a 3.0/5.0. Formed a crucial part of the dynamic trio with Malcolm Davis and Timmy Sutton (Chris Burgos became a part of that the next year). Set a Kansas record for receiving yards (and touchdowns) by a TE in his true freshman year, maintained his production for three years before declaring early. In this case, I was glad to have him play just to avoid wasting a redshirt year. And he helped us win the Big XII. CB Bradley Spurlock (2018): 1 INT, 5 tackles as a 3.0/4.5. Not much in the way of stats, but he progressed +1.5 and he's coming out as a 78 as a senior (so I think the possibility of declaring as a redshirt junior would have existed). He's one of the leading interceptors in Big XII history. Wouldn't change a thing. DE Jamari Callahan (2020): 11.5 sacks, 48 tackles, 2 FF, 1 FR, 1 safety. Callahan was a monster, put up the best defensive stats of any player on my team (though our defense was also really, really bad), and won Big XII Defensive Player (and Freshman) of the Year. I would not expect him to stay for a fifth year if I redshirted him, and I'm not even sure he'll even stay for a fourth--definitely glad I played him. OT Armani Bello (2021): Kind of needed to play him because my offensive line depth is awful. He missed a few games with an injury. Our offensive line's been bad, but there wasn't much he was going to do about that. Worth noting that Eric Jennings and Christian Graham were both redshirts. Also redshirted Noel Barfield (who was a 2.5/5.0 but behind a 4.5/4.5), and I plan to redshirt Shaq Stewart (2.5/4.5 FS behind a 4.5/4.5) and play Walter Munoz (2.5/5.0 OT with no real competition).
    3. Your most memorable NFLHC Draft moments

      Imagine if there were a giant red "DO NOT PRESS" button on your desk on draft day. It's got a class cover on it as a safeguard. You know that pressing this button is crossing the Rubicon, alea iacta est. It's the "shock the world" button, the "let's get weird" button, the "we're gonna start a quarterback controversy" button. You've seen 14,000,065 scenarios and in only one of them does pressing the button makes sense. We pressed the button. Hello, Mohammed Foster.
    4. Bob McMahon in the 2017 second round. Just plain never turned into anything; at least Norris Brooksheer and Ulysses Smith made some plays at some point in their careers. And I'll take McMahon over Huber because Huber at least had some promising progression before getting hurt.
    5. Which player(s) leaving your team hurt the most?

      QTrain. People memed it when we took him in the expansion draft, but he flourished once given a chance. He was usually pretty steady, and once a year he would just go absolutely ballistic. We got everything we could out of him, but the time came to move on. Parting was such sweet sorrow.
    6. [2021] Week #12 - SNF

    7. [2021] Week #12 - SNF

      If this Vintage Chad Dess is how he's gonna play down the stretch, the Rams just might do the thing. As it is, one more win or one more Cardinals loss locks up the division for LA.
    8. [2021] Week 12 Headlines

      LOCK AND KEY Keyshawn Thompson returns, Lions thump Bears The wraith of the Mitten State continued his dominance over Norris Brooksheer and the Bears, recording a pick and 3 tackles in the Lions' 31-20 win
    9. Signing Days: Walter Munoz, OT

      Offensive tackle has been a huge priority for me these last two recruiting seasons. We lost 4 NFL-level linemen all at once after 2020 (including Ben Goode), and I've had a lot of strikeouts trying to replace them. We went from OL ratings in the 6s and 7s to a 5.2 average this year as a result. Tackle's at least been a spot of success. Last year, I starred 2.0/5.0 Armani Bello down in Texas to be my starting right tackle. This year, I made signing Munoz a priority from day 1, and I was fortunately able to beat out the Arkansas schools for him. (Considering that I also got Shaq Stewart out of there, that state might as well be Our Kansas right now.) It's hard to draw up an offensive tackle who fit our needs more perfectly than Munoz without being greedy. He's got NBA height, and as Rome said that'll hopefully also translate into long arms as well. He's an inch taller than Ben Goode was, but also a good 38 pounds lighter--which is perfectly fine for a left tackle, where you can afford to sacrifice just a bit of size and strength for increased agility. (Bello, for his part, is a 6-7, 316-pound behemoth.) More importantly, he's [Pass Blocking], which combined with his size make him into the kind of guy you really want at left tackle. Like Ben Goode, I plan to start Munoz on day 1 at left tackle. It'll absolutely be a challenge for him against the elite defensive ends in the Nation's Most Exciting Conference, but he'll be tied for the highest skill of any non-Bello OT on my roster--and obviously he has 5.0 potential. His readiness-to-play was another huge factor that drew me to him, and I'm very excited to see him in action.
    10. [X11] Gameday 2

      Two matches played, one goal scored, zero goals conceded. Our attack hasn't been as strong as it's needed to be yet, but I like our defensive foundation. Hopefully the new forward I brought in will help.
    11. [2021] Big XII POTW Week 12

      He's 5-10 and 224 so finding that picture was actually perfect.
    12. [2021] Week #12 - Saturday Evening

      It's only his third-worst, actually: 23-40 for 221 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT against LSU and 22-41 for 209 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT against Tennessee.
    13. [2021] Week #12 - Saturday Evening

      The new guard in the Big XII making some waves!
    14. Friday Night West Virginia (1-7) at Kansas State (2-6)* The good news is that someone here has to get their first conference win of the season, right? Both Kansas State and West Virginia have struggled this season, to the point where they join Iowa State as the only Big XII teams unlikely (or unable) to make a bowl this year. That puts extra emphasis on securing the winnable games, so expect both of these teams to pull every last trick up their sleeve out. For West Virginia, that means a quarterback change. Bobby Davies has limped his way to 52.8% passing with 4 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, so the Mountaineers are going to give fellow senior Darren Lemons another chance. He's not as mobile as Davies, but they're hoping he'll make up for it with his arm. It's all the same against a Kansas State defense that has struggled mightily to stop basically anything this season: they have given up the most passing yards and passing touchdowns, the highest completion percentage, and the second-most rushing yards per carry and third-most per game of any team in the Big XII. Ahmad Winston is the only Wildcat with multiple interceptions, Matthew Mayfield (5.5 sacks) and occasionally Javier Tovar (3.0) are the only ones who ever get pressure in the backfield, and the defense often has to stay on the field because the offense--through a lack of run game and a penchant for turnovers--doesn't control possession very well at all. But the good news for Kansas State is that West Virginia is right on their heels defensively: they've given up the second-most yards and touchdowns through the air, the second-highest completion percentage, the second-most rushing yards per game, the second-most overall rushing touchdowns, and the third-most yards per carry in the Big XII. Aaron Pagan is their only consistently impactful defender. That'll be important against a Kansas State offense that has given up 17 sacks, but Rahim Murrell is still likely to be the most important player on the field on either side. Sure, he's turned it over 10 times in 8 games this year (and 29 times in 20 games in his career). He's also thrown 14 touchdown passes this year, and his 61.6% completion percentage is on pace to set a Kansas State record. This is the type of game where he should be expected to make the impact that a quarterback who anointed himself as "The Greatest" ought to make. And I do expect Murrell and company to pull it off. Kansas State 26, West Virginia 22 Saturday Afternoon Oklahoma (5-3) at Kansas (5-3)* It's not as if the War for the North has ever died down. But when one of the Big XII's most important rivalries over the past eighty years picks back up, it will follow up on one of the best episodes in its history. Last year, Oklahoma appeared as if they were going to run Kansas off the field, taking a 31-20 lead into the half--only for Kansas to turn things around after intermission behind a career day from Christian Graham to rally and win a 48-41 shootout. Don't expect nearly as many fireworks this time around: neither offense has matched last season's output, and neither defense has matched last season's sheer leakiness. One thing that hasn't changed? Oklahoma's ability to run the ball. Although they've gone to a more balanced offense now that HAFFnHAFF is in charge, establishing the run is going to be crucial against a Jayhawk defense that's struggled against the few rush attempts it's faced. Opponents average more than 5.1 yards per carry against them, including 11 rushing touchdowns on just 157 carries. Their linebackers aren't particularly good pursuers, so way too many carries that get past the first line of defense wind up requiring cleanup from the secondary. They do have a talented secondary, of course, with Bradley Spurlock at corner and the duo of Richard Clemons and Noel Barfield back deep. That should make Oklahoma more reluctant to throw, given that Eric Pope has thrown for just 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this year. That does mean the ball stays out of the hands of Lucas Dykes, Ty Royal, and the rest of the Sooner receiving crew; however, that also means more carries for Maurice White and Kansas probably doesn't want a piece of that. Part of Oklahoma's ability to keep games low-scoring on both ends is their ability to control the clock through the ground game. The other part is that their defense really is that good. They don't force a ton of turnovers; they also don't give you any room to go anywhere. They've given up just 543 rushing yards on 3.8 yards per carry, both of which are the second-lowest marks in the Big XII. Rod Fulton is finally back in the starting lineup for Kansas, but that's immediately going to be a tough matchup for him. Combine that with the fact that Oklahoma only allows opponents to complete 56.2% of their passes, and it becomes clear that the Elijah Williams-led secondary will force Big XII completion percentage leader Christian Graham to throw into a lot of tight windows with only two real targets (Chris Burgos and Jaime Bautista). Much of this game will come down to which team can keep the other out of its backfield. Oklahoma defensive tackle David Kaiser leads the Sooners with 7.0 sacks (complemented by Max Abel's 4.0), while Noah Urlacher leads the whole Big XII with 8.5 (complemented by Jamari Callahan's 5). But again, Kansas's strength in that area has been pass rushing as opposed to run stopping. I wouldn't be surprised by any outcome in this game anymore, but I think Oklahoma matches up well with Kansas and has a great shot to come out with their second-ever win in Lawrence. Oklahoma 20, Kansas 16 Saturday Evening Baylor (5-3) at #22 Texas Tech (6-2)* This game butted its way onto the radar late, but who here isn't excited to see Solomon McLaughlin take his shot at a young, scrappy, and hungry Baylor front seven? The sophomore superstar has strung together big game after big game this season, leading the Big XII with 1246 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. He's done so without losing a shred of efficiency, leading all of the conference's runningbacks with 5.8 yards per carry. Nobody's held him under 110 yards yet. He fumbled in each of Texas Tech's first two games--losses to playoff contenders Arizona and TCU--and has demonstrated perfect ball security in Tech's subsequent 6-game winning streak. Prying the ball out of McLaughlin's arms will be a secondary priority, considering how hard it is merely to wrest him to the ground. But Baylor is capable of the necessary aggressiveness to get to McLaughlin early and tackle him for a loss. Garrett Powers generally leads the way: he leads the team in tackles (36) and tackles for loss (4), and he's also had (less relevantly) had a pair of sacks and interceptions--all as a true freshman. The thing is, Baylor's had the tools to stop the run and have still allowed opponents to rush for 5.1 yards per carry this season. They gave up 166 yards and 3 touchdowns to Kofi McCullough in one of Iowa State's two wins this year. Give up that kind of day, and the game's already over. Baylor also needs Caleb Olmsted to get himself sorted out after a pair of erratic games against Kansas and Oklahoma. He's completing 61.5% of his passes with 15 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 219.1 yards per game, and a 140.5 passer rating--all of which are solid numbers for a freshman. He'll have a hard time getting to those numbers against one of the conference's best pass defenses. Against Texas Tech, opponents have been around 57.9% passing, 6.4 yards per attempt, 10 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, and a 118.1 passer rating. Passing looks like the better option, though, considering that Texas Tech gives up just 3.5 yards per carry. Lamont Wilder will need to step up: anything that draws the action to the outside of the field and away from ballhawking linebacker Austin Callahan will be needed. And it'll need to happen before Curtis Jones gets into the backfield, because Olmsted throws a lot of passes into traffic. Bottom line: Texas Tech is hot, and they match up well with Baylor. Seven straight seems likely for Texas Tech. #22 Texas Tech 17, Baylor 10 #3 TCU (8-0) at Oklahoma State (6-2)* Closing out the week is a possible preview of this year's Big XII Championship Game--an outcome that becomes more likely if Oklahoma State pulls off the win. By some measures, an Oklahoma State win would not be an upset at all: Oklahoma State's at home, their offense has been machine-like, and their defense ranks 9th in points allowed per game (compared to TCU's 6th). In Opponent-Adjusted Margin of Victory, Oklahoma State actually scores 1.0 point per game better than TCU. On the other hand, recent results weigh heavily in TCU's favor. Felix Luck is red-hot, throwing for 1100 yards and 9 touchdowns (plus two rushing scores) on 63.6% passing in his last three games against Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Iowa State. Ian Baldwin, after a hot start, threw for 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 53.2% passing in a blowout loss to Kansas and a low-scoring overtime win over Texas. When they have a matchup advantage, they're both capable of going full throttle. This game will be a test of who can make the most of their opportunities without that kind of matchup advantage. Luck and Baldwin are #1 and #2 in the Big XII in passing yards. Due to Luck's extreme workload and Baldwin's bevy of pass-catchers, the air is clearly going to be the main battleground. Shamar Burroughs has been low-key productive lately and Barack Holmes is capable of putting down 120 yards and a couple touchdowns if ignored, but they aren't the nuclear weapons that each passing game can be. Oklahoma State will likely take the approach of dropping into coverage primarily. They have five different guys who have recorded a pick this year, compared to four who have recorded a sack. Kahoni Vaaelua and Eduardo Gallardo are capable of generating pressure from the edge, but it's coverage where Oklahoma State makes their money. Keeping specifically their linebackers in coverage serves two purposes: obviously, it's where Trevor Orlando and even Brian Suarez are at their best. But importantly, it means that tight end Miguel Aguilera can't get lost in the shuffle. Additionally, Sebastian Byrd is one of the better young corners in the conference, and watching him hand-fight with Finn Nielsen ought to be fun. Oklahoma State allows opponents to complete 58.1% of their passes and have given up 6 touchdowns to 11 interceptions--though half of those touchdowns and just one pick have come in the last two games. TCU, for their part, doesn't put up huge sack or interception numbers--they just make you throw into tight window after tight window for incompletion after incompletion. Opponents complete 56.0% of their passes against them, the lowest mark in the Big XII. Opponents have thrown 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions against TCU all year. The full list of quarterbacks to throw for 150+ yards without an interception against TCU is as follows: Bobby Davies (on 15-30 passing), end list. They held USC's Marc Lockwood to 59.3% passing with a touchdown and an interception, intercepted Tennessee's Adrian Goldson and LSU's Elias Allen-Hollis twice each, and held Christian Graham to just 120 yards on 15 completions. TCU can put pressure on you, or they can drop back into coverage. They don't really have ballhawks, but you're also just never going to get someone wide open. If you want to run the ball on them, they'll just strip you--they've recovered 5 fumbles this year. Oklahoma State's one of the few teams with the receivers to challenge the TCU secondary, but I think TCU is going to rise to the challenge. One way or the other, we know this: if TCU wins, they'll continue to march back to the Big XII Championship Game. And if Oklahoma State wins, they just might make it there for the first time. Byes: Iowa State (2-7), Texas (5-4)
    15. [2021] Week #12 - Saturday Afternoon

      Good game HAFF. Another tense and dramatic edition of a game that's already had so many of them.
    16. [2021] Week #12 - Saturday Morning

      Wake Forest just blew a massive opportunity to take control of their destiny in the Atlantic. They could have been 4-1 with a win over Clemson in their pocket and Boston College at home. They still would have needed to beat Louisville and Duke, or beat one or the other and get some help elsewhere, but this probably ends their division contention. Clemson isn't out of the woods yet because Boston College is not particularly likely to lose any of their three remaining conference games, but it's now the Tigers who control their own destiny.
    17. Heal/Harm: Fast Food Burger Places

      Five Guys: 86 (+1) Whataburger: 2 In-N-Out: 9 (-1)
    18. [2021] Week #12 - FNF

      That wasn't aimed at you or anything. I'm still smarting too much from the whipping we got last year to be laughing. There's not much that could have been done about this year once everybody left at once, and I know you're not gonna let West Virginia stay down for long.
    19. [2021] Week #12 - FNF

      Kansas State just broke their school single-game margin of victory record. That's one record I'm glad to see broken for...reasons.
    20. Site Circle Games

      Ironically, I was actually about to say Oklahoma. When I came in for 2014, they were obviously the big target. We went to their place when they were #8 in the country, doubled 'em up, and ever since then it's always been an intense game with a lot of hype to it. We were the two most consistently good teams in the old Big XII North, so that game carried implications every time. I'm not sure at what point it became a rivalry, but I truly see it as one. Missouri's the traditional rivalry, but Oklahoma's the game that's always mattered the most. (And beating Kansas State is just business :P) I also circle TCU because Danger and I have been going back and forth for years on end now. Took him quite a few tries to one on me, but now I'm the one playing catch-up.
    21. [2021] Week #12 - TNF

      While I feel bad that it's at Taffy's expense, congratulations to Northwestern on bowl-eligibility for the first time since 2015!
    22. Signing Days: Kareem Gaston, DT

      No one sacks like Gaston, holds two gaps like Gaston No one's hands are incredibly quick like Gaston's For his bull rush is terribly scary, Nose man, a pure paragon You can ask any linebacker charging And they know whose 3-4 they'd prefer to be on
    23. Heal/Harm: Fast Food Burger Places

      Five Guys: 53 (+1) Whataburger: 16 (-1) In-N-Out: 27
    24. If you were a quarterback during week 11 in the nation's most exciting conference, you had a hard time. Nobody threw two touchdown passes, nobody had more passing scores than turnovers, nobody had a good day. That's a reminder that with guys like David Tolliver, Zachary McHale, and Trevor Orlando, this conference has some pretty dang good defensive players and some pretty dang good defensive teams. Defense won a lot of these games, and we're here to break down the why and how of it. So let's talk about the games. Friday Night Iowa State 24, West Virginia 16 Cup of Kofi: The star of the show for the Cyclone offense was--no prizes for guessing--Kofi McCullough. He did lose a fumble, but he more than made up for it with a 56-yard touchdown run down the left sideline that left the entire West Virginia defense several yards in the dust. His full day included a second touchdown run and 156 total rushing yards on 25 carries. Volume and efficiency; we call that the total package. His score in the first quarter was what set the tone for the game, and his score in the third put the Iowa State lead into commanding territory. This is McCullough's third straight (and fifth overall) 120-yard game, as well as his third overall 150-yard game. For comparison, Vaughn Sheppard has thrown for 90 yards or more just twice and has not thrown for 120 yards in any game. Did I mention that McCullough a redshirt freshman? Touchdown Tolliver: David Tolliver has consistently been one of the best Big XII cornerbacks that most of the country hasn't heard of, and he had another big game on Friday night. He jumped a Bobby Davies pass intended for Elias Langston, picked it off, and took it to the house to give Iowa State an early 14-0 lead. It was his 19th career interception, tying Lee Davis for third in Big XII history and by far the most by any Iowa State player (Kamari Wilkins is next with 7). It's also the 5th time he's taken an interception back for a touchdown, tied with Troy Marshall for third in Big XII history as well. In both cases, he sits two behind the record-holder. Minutiae: Bobby Davies finished 15-25 for 181 yards and 2 interceptions, but his passer rating was about 23.8 points higher than opponent Vaughn Sheppard (6-13 for 54 yards). Sheppard avoiding an interception was quite possibly the real difference-maker in this game, however.... West Virginia's 7th loss assures them of their first losing season since 2018.... Iowa State snapped a 5-game losing streak, earning their second win of the year and improving their two-year record to 3-18. West Virginia's own slide has now reached 6 games, matching the school record set in 2013. Next up: Iowa State (2-7) and West Virginia (1-7) are now squarely on the outside looking in for the bowl picture, but both teams are going to try and get whatever they can out of the season that remains. The Cyclones get a bye week for some extra celebration before they head to Norman to pick a fight with the Oklahoma Sooners; the Mountaineers get one last, best chance at a win next week when they go to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. Saturday Afternoon Baylor 23, #23 Oklahoma 15 McHale, McHearty: Zachary McHale is going to be a star, and he just showed you why on Saturday. The redshirt freshman did a little bit of everything. He hit a bunch of dudes, racking up 6 tackles for the day. He pursued beyond the line of scrimmage, recording a sack and an additional tackle for loss. He also made some hay in coverage, dropping back and getting both paws on an Eric Pope pass over the middle for his first career interception. He's the 9th player in Big XII history to record 6 tackles, a sack, and an interception all in the same game--the most recent one before him was Garrett Powers. Who is also a linebacker for Baylor. Who is also a freshman. Y'all, this unit is going to be something special. I Threw It on the Ground: Every Big XII quarterback this week struggled, and this game was no exception. Eric Pope completed 13 of 22 passes, which isn't good but could be worse. That said, his 22 attempts managed to go for a total of 150 yards, and that effort was paired with just one touchdown. When you add in the fact that Pope threw a pick to the aforementioned Zachary McHale and lost a fumble on a strip-sack, and it was a day to forget for the sophomore. Not that his counterpart in green did much better. Caleb Olmsted finished just 12-23 and matched his career-low with just 140 yards. He, too, threw one touchdown and one interception (courtesy of Elijah Williams). The difference between the two was two-fold: Olmsted didn't fumble, and most of his dangerous throws were merely batted down (4 passes defended). In fact, Olmsted has been unusually lucky in this regard: he has had 11 passes defended but not intercepted, the highest mark in the Big XII. Felix Luck is the only other Big XII quarterback with more than 7. Time will tell if that trend holds or reverses. The Bear Roared Back: After a come-from-ahead loss to Kansas, Baylor found itself in dire need of a win with a brutal closing stretch. It's no stretch to say that this was massive for them. They led 17-6 at the half, never let Oklahoma take the lead, and played one of their best defensive games of the season from start to finish. The win brings them to 5-3 overall, meaning they just need to win one of their final four to go bowling. They're out of the conference title game picture, but getting back to the postseason after last year's 5-7 finish is priority #1. Strange Days for Sooners: Maurice White's 19 carries and 86 yards were both career-lows for the redshirt junior. Part of that is by design, so that the Sooner offense isn't placed entirely on his shoulders--but he'll need to do better than 4.53 yards per carry in regular-volume mode. Kicker Louis Dwyer also had an odd day. He hit from 46 and 48, and he added another field goal from 28. That all makes sense. He also missed a 56-yard bomb, which is understandable. But he also missed an extra point, making him the second Big XII kicker ever (and first since Erik Senser in 2016) to hit two 40-yarders and miss an extra point in the same game. Next up: Oklahoma drops to 5-3 (3-2), and they will head to Lawrence for the always-tricky game against Kansas next week. They will need to cut out the turnover bug if they want to have a shot. Baylor, for their part, improves to 5-3 (3-3), but things don't get easier as they head to Lubbock to take on red-hot Texas Tech. Solomon McLaughlin against that set of linebackers is going to be a treat to watch. Saturday Evening Oklahoma State 20, Texas 17 (OT) Working Overtime: For the first time in their nine meetings, Oklahoma State and Texas went to overtime. The Cowboys had the upper hand for most of the game, leading 10-3 at halftime and 17-10 after the third quarter; however, they were unable to stop Simeon Wells from punching in his only touchdown run of the game early in the fourth to knot things up. Neither team got a clear shot at one last score in regulation, and Oklahoma State's last-ditch bid died as time expired with the ball 64 yards away from the Longhorn endzone. Overtime wound up being a field goal-kicking contest, and a brief one at that. Ralph Hinson nailed his attempt from 35 yards after Oklahoma State failed to get a first down. However, they at least moved forward with the ball. Texas was saddled with a holding penalty on 1st down (just one of five flags they accumulated), and after a 4-yard run and two incomplete passes the Longhorns brought on Giovanni Esposito to try and tie it. The snap was good. The hold was not--the laces were facing the wrong way. And as a result, the kick sailed wide left as Oklahoma State poured onto the field in celebration. This goes down as the first overtime win in Oklahoma State history; they're now 1-2 in such games. Air Traffic Controllers: In a week that presented a paucity of prominent passing performances in the nation's most exciting conference, Ian Baldwin and Kyler Tackett at least held their own. Ian Baldwin was the only Big XII passer to eclipse the 200-yard mark, finishing with 217 on 18-of-33 passing with a touchdown (to tight end Christopher Vinson) and an interception (to linebacker Axel Lozano). It was enough to get the job done, so that's what matters most. Kyler Tackett, meanwhile, was the only quarterback in the conference to complete greater than 60% of his passes--he finished 15-of-24 for 188 yards, a touchdown to wideout Rory Stevens, and an interception to linebacker Trevor Orlando. Tackett continued his streak of 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass to start his career. Fading Lone Star: To say that Texas has left something on the table this season would not be an overstatement. They've now lost three of their last four games, including two close home losses and a not-so-close neutral-site loss to Oklahoma. Their win over Baylor looks better, but when their next-best win is over...4-4 New Mexico? Sub-.500 Houston, Iowa State, or Kansas State? This is still probably a bowl team, but Texas's talent (particularly on defense) is better than a 5-4 team. Back on the Saddle: Meanwhile, Oklahoma State bounced back for an important win after their blowout loss to Kansas. Not only does the win assure them of their third straight year of bowl-eligibility at 6-2, but it also keeps them on the inside track for their first-ever bid to a Big XII Championship Game at 4-1 in conference play. There's still a long way to go, and their two most important games are the ones coming up next. But this is as good a position as the've had in a while. Next up: Texas gets a bye week to think about what they've done before they try to snap this skid with Kansas coming to town. Oklahoma State stays home as well, where they'll take on undefeated TCU in what could very well be the hardest game remaining on both teams' regular-season calendars. Byes: Kansas (5-3), Kansas State (2-6), #4 TCU (8-0), #24 Texas Tech (6-2)