Here's how things sit after week 9:
1. #6 Baylor Bears 7-0, 4-0. This week: #10 Oklahoma: This week the Bears will face their toughest test of the season, as the Oklahoma Sooners come to Waco, for a Thursday night showdown of Top 10 BCS teams on FS1 at 6:30 pm. This is the game that Baylor fans have been waiting for. With all of the talk about how the Bears "haven't faced anyone," they will have a chance to make a huge statement to the Big 12 and the Nation.
2. #14 Oklahoma State 7-1, 4-1. This week: Kansas: The Oklahoma State Cowboys may have found their offensive identity. The Cowboys have won 4 in a row, since their loss to West Virginia, and have looked great the past two games against Iowa State and Texas Tech, respectively. Clint Chelf has been great on the grond, and Desmond Roland has been a stud after taking over the starting position at RB. The Cowboys showed they were back, going in to Lubbock and leaving there with a 52-34 win. They are serious contenders in the Big 12 now.
3. #10 Oklahoma Sooners 7-1, 3-1. This week: @ #6 Baylor: The Sooners head in to this weeks matchup against Baylor, coming off of a huge win against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Sooners have been inconsistent on offense, but have seemed to come on lately, in the running game. Against Baylor, the Sooners will try to run the ball and keep the Baylor Offense off the field. This will be a tall task, as the Bears defense is only giving up 3 yds per rush, and allowing less than 140 yds per game.
4. Texas 6-2, 5-0. This week: @ West Virginia: After two embarrassing losses, the Texas Longhorns have reeled off an impressive 5 straight Big 12 wins, to take the reigns of the Big 12 this week. Although they do have an impressive win against Oklahoma, the Longhorns are still a tough team to buy in to. That is evidenced by the fact that they are still not ranked in both the AP and Coaches Poll. The Longhorns will have a chance to quiet their critics and prove their worth, as they head in to a road matchup against the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are heading back home after a strong win against the TCU Horned Frogs.
5. #25 Texas Tech 7-2, 4-2. This week: Kansas State: After starting the season HOT, the Red Raiders have cooled a little bit, and are now on the outside looking in, in the race for the Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders are still explosive on offense, but a defense that was once a strong point has started to slip a little bit. That will happen when you are taking on two of the top Big 12 teams, in Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Things don't get any easier, however, as the Kansas State Wildcats come to town after a very impressive blow out of Iowa State.
6. Kansas State 4-4, 2-3. This week: @ #25 Texas Tech: Things seem to be on the up, in Manhattan. After a 35-25 loss to the Baylor Bears, the Wildcats have reeled off 2 straight wins, and seem to be finding their way. After dealing with some early injuries, the Wildcats have taken advantage of having their playmaker, Tyler Lockett back. They've also been able to find balance on offense, which is something they did not have early on in the season. The Wildcats are in the drivers seat for a bowl bid, and could make up for early season disappointments by heading to take on the Red Raiders and coming out with a win.
7. West Virginia 4-5, 2-4. This week: Texas: The Mountaineers went in to Ft. Worth and left their with a huge come from behind win against the hapless TCU Horned Frogs. This was a HUGE win for the Mountaineer program as they try to stay in the hunt for a bowl game. Clint Trickett finally showed the promise that Mountaineer fans thought he would show early, after transferring from Florida State. Things get tougher for the Mountaineers, as the Longhorns come to town. The Mountaineers do get to play at home, where they have already picked up a big upset earlier this season against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
8. TCU 3-6, 1-5. This week: @ Iowa State : The Horned Frogs are just reeling right now, and looking worse and worse each week. This past week, they had a lead on West Virginia only to see it dwindle in a loss to the Mountaineers. Casey Pachall has shown rust, after being an indefinite amount of time due to an injury to his arm. The Horned Frogs got even more bad news when Brandon Carter missed the game due to personal family issues. Whats worse is he may miss the rest of the season. Once the favorite to win the Big 12 title, the Horned Frogs are just trying to stay afloat and try to work their ways in to the bowl game conversation. That seems like a very tall task at this point.
9. Iowa State 1-7, 0-5. This week: TCU: This has just not been the year for the Cyclones. The Cyclones were hoping to build on last season and be a bit more competitive in the Big 12. That went out the window with 2 early season losses, and has just snowballed as the Cyclones have gone through the Big 12. The Cyclones look to gain their 2nd win of the season, as the TCU Horned Frogs come to town.
10. Kansas 2-6, 0-5. This week: @ #14 Oklahoma State: The season continues to be a rough one for the Jayhawks as they continue their long Big 12 losing streak. The schedule doesn't get easier, as Oklahoma State comes in red hot.