Big 12: Stock Market Week 2
Oklahoma and West Virginia opened up conference play with a 16-7 defensive battle and teams around the conference bounced back to give the conference a respectable weekend. Here is a look at who had stock on the rise, and who had it fall after Week 2.
Rising Stock! BUY BUY BUY!
Baker Mayfield - After putting up 413 yards against SMU last week, Mayfield continued to impress against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night. Mayfield threw for 367 yards on 21-for-30 passing and had three touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what Mayfield can do against TCU’s offense on Thursday night, who is going to be far superior to the two opponents thus far.
Baylor’s offense – Any team that can put up 139 points in two games is worth the look when it comes to a potent offense. Baylor has talent all around the field, especially on offense, and after 781 yards of total offense it may be safe to say that this team is a serious contender for the Big 12 race. Yes, they played against Wofford and Buffalo, but 69 and 70 points is respectable when taking care of business.
J.W. Walsh - It is safe to say that Oklahoma State has found its guy. Walsh threw for 326 yards at UTSA and was 24-27, that is a pretty good passing percentage. To go with his 12.1 yards per pass, Walsh connects for four TD passes.
Hold onto it, stock’s that did enough
Oklahoma defense - The shutout of Louisiana-Monroe opened up some eyes that Stoops had a defense that could be feared. Then, OU gave up just seven to West Virginia and Dana Holgerson’s offense. This defense should be feared and is going to be tough for any team in the conference to overcome. The secondary played well enough against the Mountaineers and the pass rush was effective.
Trevon Boykin - Maybe it’s time to invest with Casey Pachall’s injury, but Boykin seems to be the guy for TCU the rest of the way. In each of the first two games of the season, Boykin has entered and the offense has improved. Boykin proved his versatility in leading the Frogs in passing, rushing and receiving (yes, receving).
Stocks that lost value
Texas - The Longhorns lacked bite against the Cougars and were upset in Provo. Entering the season, I had put Texas in the sixth position on my preseason rankings, but like many, I bought into the team a bit more than I should. Texas gave up a record amount of rushing yards against BYU and did not look competitive in doing so. Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor are going to put up some big numbers down the road if the defense plays like it did.
West Virginia - I said sell it all last week and if you have any left you might as well sell it for a few pennies on the dollar. WVU is not going to be the offensive juggernaut we expected when they entered the conference and we can maybe start saying that this team is in rebuild mode (if that wasn’t obvious already).
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