Here's what we learned on Saturday in the Big 12.
When the Sooners are on, nobody in the Big 12 is beating them. Yep, Texas was really bad on Saturday. But don't lose sight of Oklahoma's excellence. There was a whole heck of a lot of both on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. It was Oklahoma's most complete game of the season and a complete evisceration of Texas that the rest of the Big 12 watched with glee. How good are the Sooners? I'm still keeping OU at No. 3 on my ballot. Saturday was fantastic, but I'm still buying Alabama and LSU's boa constrictor defenses over the Sooners' blazing offense. My thought: Oklahoma's offense in 2008 was a lot better than the 2011 version. Alabama's and LSU's defenses in 2011 are a lot better than Florida's in 2008. We saw how that game ended.
Seriously, stop doubting Kansas State, especially its defense and its coach, Bill Snyder. It took me a fourth win last week against Baylor to start believing in Kansas State. Are the rest of you on board the EMAW bandwagon now? I'm not buying the Wildcats as a Big 12 title contender yet -- Oklahoma and Oklahoma State would beat them by double digits -- but Kansas State looks every bit like the third-best team in the Big 12 thus far, and you never know what a few turnovers can do. Tread carefully if you do it against the sly man rocking the purple windbreaker that will never go out of style, just like Snyder himself.
Texas A&M and Texas Tech are who we thought they were. Texas Tech's 4-0 start wasn't a complete fraud. The Red Raiders are probably something close to a Top 25 team and hung tough with a very good Texas A&M team that belongs somewhere closer to the top 10 and will end up there by season's end. Going on the road to Lubbock is never easy, but despite the Red Raiders' raising a bit of a stink, the Aggies survived.
Kansas might need to buckle up for another bumpy season. Good grief, Kansas. Yeah, Oklahoma State is a lot better, but that much better? Believe it or not, Kansas' offense is much improved from last season, but this defense is looking pretty hopeless so far this season and has been absolutely embarrassed twice already this season. Georgia Tech hung 66. Oklahoma State scored 70. FCS defenses don't even get worked that hard. The Jayhawks have given up an average of 55.75 points in their last four games. Just a hunch, but I don't know if Kansas can win very many games doing that. The good news? Oklahoma comes to Lawrence next week! Huzzah!
Baylor's still dangerous even without Robert Griffin III slingin' it. Griffin got his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Terrance Ganaway rumbled for three touchdowns and 200 yards. Iowa State's defensive line leaves a bit to be desired, but the Bears can get pretty physical up front if need be.