BearsIllustrated Big 12 Power Rankings: Wk 8

Heading in to week 9, in the Big 12, we look back on this past weekends set of games and rank the Big 12 after week 8. Come inside as we discuss this and many other things heading in to the Bears game versus the Kansas Jayhawks.

Heading in to week 9, in the Big 12, we look back on this past weekends set of games and rank the Big 12 after week 8. Come inside as we discuss this and many other things heading in to the Bears game versus the Kansas Jayhawks.

Here's how things sit after week 8:

1. #8 Baylor Bears 6-0, 3-0. This week: @ Kansas: The Bears are just destroying teams at home. Baylor is averaging 70 points in 5 home games, in 2013. After this weekeneds 71-7 drubbing of Iowa State, the Bears take to the road looking for their 2nd straight Big 12 road win against the Kansas Jayhawks. I think it's safe to say that Baylor will come back with their undefeated record.

2. #10 Texas Tech 7-0,4-0. This week: @ #15 Oklahoma: What can you say about Texas Tech. They have absolutely come out of nowhere. Lots of credit has to be given to Kliff Kingsbury, as we he has entrusted his offense to two True Frehsman, in Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. They have struggled at times, but behind a steady defense, have been able to continue winning. They got a huge win in Morgantown, this past weekend, and carry that momentum in to an even bigger road test against the Oklahoma Sooners. Safe to say this is the biggest game of Kingsburys short tenure has head coach of the Red Raiders.

3. #15 Oklahoma 6-1, 3-1. This week: #10 Texas Tech: Coming off of a 34-19 win, over the Jayhawks, the Sooners still have plenty to be worried about on defense. Kansas used a strong running attack to open up a shocking 13-0 score early in the 2nd quarter. The Sooner defense stepped up, however, delivering a down right stingy performance in the 2nd half. Blake Bell was unleashed in the running game, after OU went away from it against Texas, but his passing was less than impressive. The Sooners will face a Texas Tech team with a ton of confidence, and will need to win in order to keep pace in the Big 12 race.

4. Texas 4-2, 3-0. This week: @ TCU: The Horns will face their toughest opponent on defense, against the TCU Horned Frogs. The good thing for the Horns is TCUs offense is abysmal. Coming off of a bye week, the Horns hand the reins again to Case McCoy, as David Ash was ruled out for the TCU game. UT still hasn't convinced everyone to jump on their bandwagon yet, but a win against the Horned Frogs vaunted defense will go along way towards alleviating those questions.

5. #19 Oklahoma State 5-1, 2-1. This week: @ Iowa State: Josh Stewart was expected to be a stud in this offense this year, but hasn't quite lived up to the hype mostly because the OSU offense has been shaky most of the season. Well he showed his worth against the TCU Horned Frogs, on Saturday in Stillwater. Stewart had 10 catches for 141 yards and also chipped in a 95-yard punt return for a TD. The Cowboys needed that after starter J.W. Walsh was benched in favor of senior Clint Chelf, after several turnovers. Oklahoma State will get a chance to improve on offense, as they face an Iowa State team coming off of a 71-7 loss at the hands of the Baylor Bears.

6. TCU 3-4, 1-3. This week: Texas: The Horned Frogs are just non existent on offense. What was once considered a strong Big 12 title contender is now trying to salvage their season from being a complete train wreck. Trevone Boykin has not been the answer on offense, and was benched on Saturday in favor of RSFR Tyler Matthews. Matthews, however, didn't fare better as he fumbled on his first play from scrimmage. Casey Pachall is expected to be back in a few weeks, but even he was shaky early on, before getting hurt. Having a strong defense doesn't help when you can't move the ball on offense.

7. Kansas State 2-4, 0-3. This week: West Virginia: Kansas State had a bye week, this past weekend, and will look to earn their first Big 12 win against the West Virginia Mountaineers. I expect to see a heavy dose of Daniel Sams, after he ran for 200+ yards on the Bears, the week before.

8. West Virginia 3-4, 1-3. This week: @ Kansas State: Things have just not gone well in Morgantown this year. The losses they had from last years team, have certainly caught up with them. However, the defense and the play of RB Charles Sims have been positive. The Mountaineers have the lead on Texas Tech heading in to the 4th quarter, before succumbing to the Red Raiders, 37-27. The Mountaineers look to rebound from back to back Big 12 losses, with a win against the Wildcats in Manhattan.

9. Iowa State 1-5, 0-3. This week: #19 Oklahoma State: The Cyclones limp back to Aimes, after a beating at the hands of the Bears 71-7. Nothing went right for the Cyclones, and their anemic offense led to a change at QB, with Grant Rohach coming in in relief of Sam Richardson. He was able to complete a TD in the closing seconds of the game, to keep his team from enduring an embarrassing shutout. The Cyclones hadn't lost by more than 29 points, before the Bears 64 point victory.

10. Kansas 2-4, 0-3. This week: #8 Baylor: The road for the Jayhawks doesn't get any easier, with the Bears coming in to town. Kansas hung tough for 15 minutes, with the Sooners, but were invisible the rest of the way, as they only salvaged 1 first down, and were outscored 34-6 after leading early 13-0. The Jayhawks only hope in this game is to keep the Bears from scoring 100. Good Luck.

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