The cream rises to the top. That’s what they say, right? That was true this week of the Big 12, as the teams you expected to win did, and most won in spectacular fashion. Oklahoma won in the most Oklahoma way in a shootout that nearly totaled 100 points, West Virginia officially took ownership of the entire state of Texas, and the Longhorns themselves out-dueled their in-state rivals.
These were our top performances and takeaways from the Big 12 this weekend.
All Will Grier From Here
“Help us, Will Grier. You’re our only hope.”
As the quarterback class for 2019 seems to crumble more and more each week, one quarterback is gaining some late-season momentum and that is West Virginia’s Will Grier. Grier threw for 343 yards with three touchdowns and an interception on the day, as his Mountaineers defeated TCU by a score a 47-10.
Grier looked confident on Saturday, and that’s when he’s at his best. He’s a player who does have some hot and cold streaks, but when he’s on, boy, is he on. Grier shows good zip, good deep ball throwing power, nice touch and an ability to put throws in tight windows, all with good timing — when he’s feeling it. When he’s not, we’ve seen some rough games out of him.
However, we all know that what you do in November and into bowl season carries weight into how you are perceived as a prospect. Someone in this class is going to have to be first quarterback taken. If Grier keeps riding this hot streak, it might be him.
The Magnificent Marquise Brown
We’ve sort of been tip-toeing around Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown’s 2018 season, but it’s time to give it the credit it deserves.
This Kyler Murray to Marquise Brown bomb is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/KaDnPMpnaD
— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) November 10, 2018
After an 8-catch, 142-yard performance against Oklahoma State, Brown is now less than 50 yards shy of having back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in his only two seasons of play. He’s averaging over 18 yards per catch, and that would also be the second season in a row where he averages more than 18 Y.P.C.
Brown is fast, and he’s not just straight line fast; he’s release fast, he’s quick fast, he’s agile fast. He’s a player who truly can use speed as a weapon in a variety of different ways. At just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, size might keep him out of the first round, but when it comes to potential impact of players in this class, Brown is up there with the best of them for what he can do as a deep threat.
Ok. State’s Cornelius & Wallace Make Quite The Combo
In a bit of an unusual combination, 23-year-old senior quarterback Taylor Cornelius and true sophomore wide receiver Tylan Wallace have made Oklahoma State’s offense one of the top producing offenses in the country.
Cornelius threw for an insane 503 yards with three touchdowns’s in the team 48-47 loss to Oklahoma this week. His main man on the receiving end was Wallace, who had 220 receiving yards on 10 catches for two touchdowns, including the final touchdown of the game that could have tied it or taken the lead, had the team made the 2-point conversion. In Wallace’s last three games he has 222, 112 and 220 receiving yards. That is nuts. He’s one of the best there is at eating up yards.
Don’t Forget About Antoine Wesley
— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) November 11, 2018
I’m telling y’all. This Antoine Wesley kid can play.
Another eight catches with 171 yards and two touchdowns for Wesley this week. He’s a legit 6-foot-5, too, and for a player that big to have that kind of size and start-stop ability with body control is pretty rare. He’s also great with his feet, staying in bounds near the sideline and getting off the line of scrimmage.
It’s a stacked wide receiver class, but Wesley is a name you really need to know.
Stop Punching People With Helmets On, You Nincompoops
Baylor’s Greg Roberts reaching over a ref to throw a punch at Iowa State’s David Montgomery. Wow. Ejected, obviously. pic.twitter.com/Excycl0PgX
— Max Olson (@max_olson) November 10, 2018
There really wasn’t much to write about with Iowa State’s 28-14 victory over Baylor this week. Cyclones running back David Montgomery only had 53 yards on 11 carries, Hakeem Butler had just 25 yards on three catches; it was a pretty quiet day.
That was until the brawl broke out.
Why, I’ll never know, but this fight was just another fight in the long legacy of stupid fights that involve grown men hitting other grown men while they have their helmets on. I’m all for the “talk s***, get hit” mantra, but if you’re on the football field, it feel like some sort of WWE takedown would be more effective than hitting a guy who is basically wearing body armor.
Not what I would have done, but tensions were clearly high in this one. You can watch in the clip above.
Big 12 Power Rankings
- West Virginia
- Iowa State
- Texas Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State