Big 12 set up for wild race as Texas Tech, W Virginia rise

For anyone who thought the Big 12 was TCU, Baylor and everybody else, think again.

The third-ranked Horned Frogs needed one of the most improbable bounces and one of the most amazing catches you will ever see to get out of Lubbock, Texas, with a 55-52 victory against Texas Tech on Saturday.

TCU staying undefeated in what could turn out to be the game of the season was the big initial story. The long-term significance is the Red Raiders look as if we'll hear from them again this season.

Texas Tech limped through last season, coach Kliff Kingsbury's second at his alma mater as coach, but had already avenged one loss (against Arkansas) before Saturday.

Against the team that dropped 82 on them last year, the Red Raiders went blow for blow with Trevone Boykin and the Horned Frogs only to watch Aaron Green make a diving catch of a high pass that went off Josh Doctson's hand for a the go-ahead TD with 23 seconds left.

Then Tech nearly completed a Bahamas Bowl-style last-play miracle as if things weren't crazy enough in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders might not be Big 12 contenders, but they don't look like an easy out by any means. Next week Texas Tech gets No. 5 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Watch out Bears.

The other Big 12 team rising looks to be West Virginia. The Mountaineers moved to 3-0 with a 45-6 victory against Maryland. Dana Holgorsen's team has to play both TCU and Baylor on the road later this season.

Throw in No. 15 Oklahoma, which hosts West Virginia next week, and No. 24 Oklahoma State (4-0) and the Big 12 could be set up to become a battle of attrition. And that could be a problem in the playoff race for Big 12, which missed out last season despite two dominant teams.



Cardale Jones had the Ohio State quarterback job mostly to himself and the Buckeyes looked a lot more like the team they were expected to be Saturday.

Sure it was only Western Michigan, but a 38-12 victory should have the folks in Columbus feeling much better after a couple of wonky wins with quarterbacks coming and going.

Jones passed for 288 yards and a couple of touchdowns. J.T. Barrett, who replaced Jones in the second quarter last week, only played when the game was already out of hand and threw an interception.

The Buckeyes (4-0) now move on for a big game against - wait for it - undefeated Indiana (4-0). The Hooisers won 31-24 at Wake Forest to set the most interesting game in Bloomington in as long as anyone can remember.

Indiana's start is its best since 1990, though quarterback Nate Sudfeld and the Hoosiers are taking it all in stride.

''We've got a lot of work to do, but it's good to be 4-0,'' Sudfeld.

A Twitter movement trying to get ESPN's College GameDay to Bloomington sprung up last week, though the network might have a difficult time staying away from No. 6 Notre Dame's visit to No. 11 Clemson.

Regardless of whether they get the spotlight, the Hoosiers fast start is helping Ohio State. The Buckeyes schedule has taken plenty of shots from fans and a few Southeastern Conference coaches. But with Indiana unbeaten, Michigan quickly improving and Penn State bouncing back after being upset by Temple, suddenly the Buckeyes' schedule doesn't look quite so cushy.


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