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WEEK 13 5X5

What went right and what went wrong in an anti-climactic Week 13 for the Big 12


· TCU’s red zone defense came through big for the Horned Frogs. Texas was able to move the ball for the majority of the game but was never able to finish off a drive with a touchdown. This ended up being a major part of the game as eventually TCU was able to pull away in the second half.

· Patrick Mahomes had a monster game for the Red Raiders in what could be his last collegiate game. He finished 30/46 for 586 yards and 6 TD in the Friday demolition of Baylor.

· Martel Pettaway burned his redshirt after Justin Crawford was injured early in the game. All he did afterwards was rush for 181 yards on 30 carries and score 1 TD. It was an impressive first game for the freshman.

· Bill “The Gray Wizard” Snyder picked up his 200th win on Saturday. In doing so he became the 26th coach to reach 200 wins. This is all the more impressive considering the state of Kansas State football before he took over. He continues to prove that he is one of the all-time great college football coaches.

· Texas finally got their guy as Tom Herman was officially introduced as the next Texas football coach on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if he is able to bring Texas back to relevance. For the sake of the Big 12 we should all hope so.


· Texas red zone offense or lack thereof was the down fall of the Longhorns this week. On a day when D’Onta Foreman joined Ricky Williams as the only 2,000 yard rusher in Texas history the Longhorns were not able to finish drives with touchdowns.

· The Baylor Implosion tour continues for another week. At this point everyone is just waiting the merciful end to what has become a lost season. There should be wholesale coaching staff changes upcoming in the offseason and it will be interesting to see who the Bears are able to bring in.

· Iowa State offense. It’s hard to win football games when you lose the turnover battle 4-0 and have to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns on scoring drives. The Cyclones have come a long way this season but games like this show how much work remains to get to where they want to go.

· Turnovers continue to haunt Kansas as they turned over the ball 3 more times against Kansas State.

· None of the upsets that the Big 12 needed to have happen actually happened this weekend. Going into Championship week the leagues playoff hopes are basically on life support. At this point it appears the winner of Bedlam will be playing for a Sugar Bowl appearance while the loser is looking at the Cotton Bowl as an at large or most likely the Alamo Bowl.

Cullen Clark

Co-Host Big XII Country Podcast


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