MORGANTOWN - The race for both the top and bottom of the Big 12 Conference continues this weekend, but with two of its primary combatants - No. 8 Baylor and No. 10 Oklahoma - taking the week off as they prepare for their showdown a week from Saturday.
"It allows our guys, before this last push, to get their legs under them a bit," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said during Monday's Big 12 Conference teleconference. "And, it helps us get ready for Baylor."
A feat none of the Bears' previous seven opponents have been able to accomplish as Baylor leads the league in scoring offense (63.9 ppg), scoring defense (15.9 ppg), total offense (718.4 ypg), rushing offense (301.1 ypg), passing offense (417.3 ypg), pass defense (177.3 ypg), pass efficiency (207.1), pass defense efficiency (95.9) and red zone defense.
"The kids are playing well, but there are still areas that we still need to improve upon as we head into our open week," Baylor head coach Art Briles said. "We understand the importance that surrounds every game we play the rest of the season, beginning with Oklahoma."
While fans will have to wait for that matchup, the remaining eight teams will take to the field today with Kansas playing at Texas, Iowa State at Kansas State, West Virginia at TCU and No. 18 Oklahoma State playing at No. 15 Texas Tech.
The Longhorns (5-2, 4-0) are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the conference take on a Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4) team that has yet to win a league contest under the tutelage of second-year head coach Charlie Weis.
"I think we are making improvements," Weis said. "Whether or not they are enough to beat a team like Texas we will have to see on Saturday. One thing is for certain, their defense is playing much better under Greg (Robinson)."