That’s a little more like it.
After a rough opening week, the Big 12 Conference took a significant step this weekend, thanks to massive road victories by Oklahoma and TCU.
The Sooners dominated Ohio State 31-16 in Columbus and the Horned Frogs beat up on Arkansas 28-7 in Fayetteville, finally giving the Big 12 wins that will ultimately boost its image.
The league did suffer two more ugly losses. Kansas was kicked around by Central Michigan 45-27, and Baylor lost 17-10 to UTSA to fall to 0-2. Also, Iowa State blew a double-digit lead to lose 44-41 to rival Iowa, a game that would have served the Big 12 well in victory.
Everyone else put together easy wins: Kansas State crushed Charlotte 55-7, West Virginia cruised past East Carolina 56-20, Oklahoma State routed South Alabama 44-7 and Texas — at last — obliterated San Jose State 56-0.
OU jumped to No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25, the Cowboys climbed two spots to No. 9, K-State is 18th and TCU moved up three spots to 20th.
When the College Football Playoff committee begins compiling its field in October, the Big 12’s wins this week should carry a lot of weight — particularly OU’s big victory at Ohio State.
The Big 12 has a handful of important games in the final week of non-conference play this week: Texas visits No. 4 USC, Oklahoma State visits Pittsburgh, Texas Tech hosts Arizona State and Kansas State plays at Vanderbilt. A 3-1 finish from those games would be a huge weekend for the league. Also, Baylor could repair some of the damage done with a victory at Duke, though that’s looking less and less likely.
In other Big 12 games, Iowa State visits Akron, West Virginia hosts Delaware, Kansas visits Ohio, TCU hosts SMU and Oklahoma hosts Tulane.
Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “Further Review with Hoover & Rew” and can be heard every weekday on The Franchise in Tulsa from noon to 3 p.m. with co-host Lauren Rew. In Oklahoma City, catch him Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:25 and every Friday afternoon at 4:05. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.