Texas Tech and TCU were back at home this week, and seemed to pull in matchups that were seemingly going to allow them to get back on the right track against a couple of teams, in Kansas and Iowa State, that are currently bottom dwellers in the Big 12. This proved to not be the case in both of these games. After being throttled by Texas Tech, in Lawrence, Kansas came in to Fort Worth looking to turn their season around with a big upset against the Horned Frogs. They gave TCU everything they had and were down one score heading in to the 4th quarter, before succumbing to TCU 27 - 17. Although Kansas has been somewhat of a whipping boy for the Big 12, you can see the little improvements they are making each week. They will upset someone this season.
Iowa State was coming off a very emotional loss to Texas. The Cyclones are always tough at home, and didn't disappoint. Giving Texas their best shot, they lost to the Longhorns 31-30. After a loss like that, it would be easy for a team to lay down and go through the motions, but they did anything but that. The Cyclones played with passion and punched Texas Tech in the mouth for most of the game. Texas Tech was able to recover and pull out the win 42-35. With their second straight tough loss, the Cyclones head to Waco, TX to take on a Baylor team that will be looking to continue its torrid offensive pace.
Texas has been the butt of everyones jokes over the past month. And rightfully so. They have underachieved a ton, which led to the firing of Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz. The players had no one to look at but themselves, and they have responded peeling off 3 straight wins, including this past weekends big upset over then #12 Oklahoma, in the Red River Shootout. After being embarrassed in the run game at the beginning of the season, the defense has become a strong point and has made new Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson Look good. And while they have had some key injuries, they do continue to improve. After a bye week, Texas will continue to be tested with a schedule that ends with 6 very tough games, including 3 very tough road games against TCU, West Virginia, and Baylor.
Heading in to Week 8, BearsIllustrated.com gives their Big 12 Power Rankings after Week 7 performances. There was a lot of movement in the power rankings, so come inside our member board and discuss your thoughts!