Here's how things sit after week 9:
1. #6 Baylor Bears 7-0, 4-0. This week: Idle: The Bears took their high powered offense on the road, to Lawrence, Kansas, and continued their torrid offensive pace racking up over 700 yards of offense in demoralizing the Jayhawks 59-14. The Bears Received their highest BCS ranking in over 40 years and face one of the biggest matchups in school history when the Oklahoma Sooners invade Waco, TX on November 7th for a Top 10 showdown.
2. #10 Oklahoma Sooners 7-1, 3-1. This week: Idle: The Sooners faced their toughest opponent to date, in the Texas Tech Red Raiders and were able to hold on for a 38-30 win, in Norman on Saturday. The Red Raiders gave the Sooners all they could handle. Blake Bell was able to provide a couple of big plays on offense and the defense played bend but don't break defense and withstood a furious comeback by the young Red Raiders. The win wasn't without a huge loss for the Sooners, as Trey Millard, the most versatile player on the team, went down with an ACL injury that will sideline him for the rest of the season. The Sooners get a week off before heading to Waco for a showdown of two top 10 BCS teams.
3. Texas 5-2, 4-0. This week: Kansas: The Longhorns have been on a run that has put them back in the talk for a Big 12 title. Case McCoy has taken the reigns of the team and has been very good at QB. The toughest part of their schedule comes up, after a home game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
4. #15 Texas Tech 7-1, 3-1. This week: #18 Oklahoma State: The Red Raiders went in to Norman and punched the Sooners in the face, but were unable to deliver a knockout blow. They did however, show the country that they are for real. Down 21-7, the Red Raiders showed their resiliency by providing some big plays to take a 24-21 lead. They would eventually fall to the Sooners, but put the rest of the Big 12 on alert that they are for real. The Red Raiders will try to avoid a second Big 12 loss, when the rejuvenated Oklahoma State Cowboys team comes to town.
5. #18 Oklahoma State 6-1, 3-1. This week: @ #15 Texas Tech: The Cowboys may have had a new explosive player emerge, when Desmond Roland rushed for a career-high 219 yards and four TDs, as the Cowboys beat Iowa State 58-27. Roland certainly was a bright spot, for a Cowboys offense that could only muster 78 passing yards from starting QB Clint Chelf. That is certainly a concern, but when you rush for almost 350 yards then you are able to overcome your inept passing game. The Cowboys will need to find a way to get more balance on offense, as they head to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The loser of this game will most likely be on the outside looking in for a Big 12 title.
6. Kansas State 3-4, 1-3. This week: Iowa State: The Wildcats have had a tough go of it, in a rebuilding year. The Wildcats were finally able to break in to the win column in Big 12 play, with a 35-12 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Suffering some recent injury issues, the Wildcats were back at full strength on offense. The Wildcats welcomed back their top playmaker at WR, with Tyler Lockett hauling in eight passes for 111 yards and three TDs. Kansas State looks to continue to build on their first Big 12 win, when the Iowa State Cyclones invade Manhattan.
7. TCU 3-5, 1-4. This week: West Virginia : TCU continued their rough season, with a 30-7 loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns. It was an odd game, as it was delayed for more than 3 hours when a severe thunderstorm moved through Ft. Worth. The Horned Frogs did welcome back Casey Pachall to the QB position, but it didn't prove to help TCU. Things have not gone the way of the Horned Frogs this year. Predicted to contend for the Big 12 title, TCU has been hit by injuries and player defections that have really hurt them on the offensive side of the ball. The Horned Frogs are averaging only 14 points per game. The Horned Frogs look to get back on the winning track when the West Virginia Mountaineers come to town.
8. West Virginia 3-5, 1-4. This week: @ TCU: The Mountaineers continue to struggle on the offensive side of the ball. A week after playing well, in a loss at Texas Tech, starter Clint Trickett struggled to move the offense consistently in a 35-12 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats. At this point in the season, the Moutaineers are just fighting for a bowl bid. They will need a ton of things to go right for them, in order for them to become bowl eligible, but it at least gives them something to play for.
9. Iowa State 1-6, 0-4. This week: @ Kansas State: Not much can be said about the Cyclones season. It just has not gone well for them. Their worst loss in school history was followed up by another embarrassing blow out at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 58-27. The Cyclones are playing for pride now, but might still have one big win on their belt. They are generally good for one big upset a year. This week the Cyclones travel to Manhattan, KS to take on the Wildcats.
10. Kansas 2-5, 0-4. This week: @ Texas: Not much can be said about the Kansas Jayhawks. They are just a mess right now. Coming off of a 59-14 loss to the Baylor Bears, the Jayhawks head to Austin, TX to take on the Texas Longhorns.