Big 12 Football: Week 1 Winners and Losers

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Sep 5, 2015; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) runs with the ball while being pursued by Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Tay Evans (9) during the first quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 had an interesting opening weekend, equipped with a breakout performance from one team, a devastating loss for another team, and even a NSFW viral moment for a third team. Here are the winners and losers of the Big 12 from Week 1.

So how does the Big 12 stack up against the rest of the nation’s Power-5 conferences after one week of play?

The bottom feeders of the Pac-12 showed who they are, as the conference went 7-5 over the weekend. Michigan lost their first game against Utah on Thursday, and the SEC West went 7-0 against mediocre competition.

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I like the SEC West, don’t get me wrong. It is the toughest division in all off college football. But, beating UTEP, Louisville, Arizona State and Wisconsin doesn’t mean that a team from the SEC West is going to dethrone Ohio State.

These are just some of the headlines that will flood phone screens, TV screens, and desktop backgrounds while you’re working this week. For the Big 12, nothing spectacular happened over the weekend. Everything went as expected aside from the Longhorns debacle.

However, in the mist of being under the radar nationally, there were winners and losers of the weekend. Some better known than others. Beginning with the winners, we will break down what happened in the big 12 this past weekend.

One thing is certain, the Big 12 is fortunate that Nebraska is no longer in the conference. In case you missed it Nebraska lost over the weekend to a Hail Mary thrown by Tanner Mangum; a freshman QB out of BYU.

Next: Winner: Oklahoma Passing Game