Snap Decisions

Your unofficial playbook for watching college football in Texas during the weekend of October 9.
Snap Decisions
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III

What a difference a week makes. TCU is now the only team from Texas ranked in the top 25. A reporter made the case that Mack Brown was being encouraged to retire (of course said reporter, Berry Tramel, is from Oklahoma, but in all fairness, I floated a similar proposition in last week’s column before the OU game). A&M shot itself in the foot against Oklahoma State, and then did it a few more times to ensure the loss on national television. And Texas Tech rallied from 24 points down against Iowa State, only to lose anyway. That means Baylor—yes, glorious 4–1 Baylor!—is the most exciting Texas team in Big XII. Now, if only the Bears can stand the pressure in the Cotton Bowl …

Texas Tech (2-2) v. Baylor (4-1)

Since the formation of the Big XII, in 1996, only three teams have won the South Division: Oklahoma (seven times), Texas (five times), and Texas A&M (twice). For the past eleven seasons, only the Sooners and the Longhorns have held the title. That has left the Bears and the Red Raiders forced to jostle for position in the standings, with Baylor typically at the bottom and the Red Raiders somewhere in the middle. That could change this year. Just as the game at the Cotton Bowl last week clarified the outlook for Texas’ season (hello, Alamo Bowl!), tomorrow’s contest between Baylor and Tech will do the same. Tech limps in with two consecutive losses

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