Here's what we learned about the Big 12 in Week 11:
1. Who’s stopping these Frogs? The Big 12 game of the year was a romp, a 41-20 TCU win blown open by its offense doing what it has done all year long. The Frogs' cupboard of skill talent is deeper than we realized -- no B.J. Catalon, no Deante’ Gray, no problem at all. The Frogs still put up 553 yards (171 from running back Aaron Green) and absolutely stuffed what KSU wanted to do on the ground. We’ve been saying for weeks their schedule is a cakewalk from here. Thanks to Auburn's loss, TCU has a shot at a spot among the top four in the College Football Playoff rankings this week. After beating their fourth ranked Big 12 foe, don’t the Frogs deserve it?
2. Bears don’t fear the road: Nope, that was about as fearless as it gets. Baylor stormed into Norman and dominated the No. 12 Sooners 48-14, sending a loud message to its skeptics and the College Football Playoff committee. To come back from a 14-3 deficit and drop 45 unanswered points on OU in its house isn’t just special; it’s the momentum-booster the Bears needed for a final stretch in which they can control their destiny. Baylor’s first road win over a ranked team since 1991 goes down as a memorable one, that’s for sure, and a classic Bryce Petty performance (387 yards on 76 percent passing) was a must this week.
3. KU wins one for Clint: Remember, Clint Bowen first started working for Kansas in 2000. Can you imagine, after 14 years working for this program, how good that first Gatorade bath must've felt? Bowen earned his first win in five games as KU’s interim head coach, a 34-14 smackdown of Iowa State that started with a 24-0 run. It’s an exhilarating high that has some Kansas fans already calling for the “interim” tag to get dropped. The foes on Kansas’ remaining schedule: TCU, OU, KSU. Pull off one more win, and it’s his gig for good, right?
4. Texas beats up worn-out WVU: When Dana Holgorsen called the first half of West Virginia’s 33-16 loss at Texas a “good old-fashioned butt kicking,” he wasn’t lying. Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown kept punching up the gut to the tune of 191 combined rushing yards, and West Virginia wilted on pressure downs (3-of-17 on third downs, two failed fourth-down conversions) against a tough Texas D. The Mountaineers are out of the Big 12 title race and running out of gas. Good thing next week brings a bye.
5. Wildcats aren’t dead just yet: Kansas State loses its perch atop the Big 12 standings, but its real standing now isn’t any different than that of Baylor. Win out, and the Wildcats will be assured at least a share of the Big 12 title. That’s no small consolation prize. Now is a fine time for their bye week. Baylor is going to test them in a lot of the ways TCU did on Saturday. Bill Synder’s bunch will need a better answer on Dec. 6.