BearsIllustrated Big 12 Power Rankings: Wk 12

Heading in to week 12, in the Big 12, we look back on this past weekends set of games and rank the Big 12 after week 10. We look back at a Top 10 BCS machtup, as well as an overtime thriller in Morgantown. Come inside as we discuss these games and all others.

Heading in to week 12, in the Big 12, we look back on this past weekends set of games and rank the Big 12 after week 10. We look back at a Top 10 BCS machtup, as well as an overtime thriller in Morgantown. Come inside as we discuss these games and all others.

Here's how things sit after week 11:

1. #5 Baylor Bears 8-0, 5-0 LW 1. This week: Texas Tech (@ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX): The Baylor Bears proved they belong in the National Championship conversation with a convincing win over the Oklahoma Sooners. There is still a ton of football left over for the Bears, but there is no question they are the clear cut leader in the Big 12. The tough matchups continue, though, as the Bears head to Arlington to face a dangerous Texas Tech Red Raiders team

2. #12 Oklahoma State 8-1, 5-1 LW 2. This week: @ #24 Texas : Oklahoma State has been dominant during their 5 game winning streak. Clint Chelf has solidified himself as the Cowboys starter and Desmond Roland continues to impress at RB. The Cowboys will be able to prove they belong, as they head to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns have suffered huge hits to several key players, so this is a game the Pokes should be able to take.

3. #24 Texas Longhorns 7-2, 6-0 LW 4. This week: #12 Oklahoma State: The Longhorns win, in Morgantown, did not come without a huge cost. Johnathan Gray and Chris Whaley, two huge contributors suffered season ending injuries, during the Longhorns 47-40 Overtime victory at West Virginia. The Longhorns will be able to prove if they belong in the Big 12 championship conversation with a win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. It will be a tall task, as the Cowboys will provide the toughest test to date for the Longhorns.

4. #18 Oklahoma 7-2, 4-2 LW 3. This week: Iowa State: Oklahoma entered the Baylor game with an excellent game plan to slow down the Bears on offense. The bad thing was the Sooners couldn't do anything on offense. The Sooners were held to their second lowest offensive output, with 237 yards. Give the Bears defense credit cause they provided a stifling defensive effort and kept the Sooners off balance the whole game. One of the major issues for the Sooners, though, is the fact that they have major troubles at the QB position. Blake Bell provided no spark for the Oklahoma offense, during the game, and once the Bears got up on the Sooners it was hard to see them coming back.

5. Kansas Sate 5-4, 3-3, LW 6. This week: TCU: What can you say about the Wildcats. They have become one of the most efficient and most dangerous teams in the Big 12. They could be setting themselves up for a great end of the year run, and a run at the Big 12 title next year. Daniel Sams and Jake Waters have done a great job of maintaining consistency when they switch out, and Bill Snyder continues to prove that he is a mastermind on the sidelines.

6. Texas Tech 7-3, 4-3 LW 5. This week: @ #5 Baylor (@ AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX): Texas Tech has gone from Big 12 contender to Big 12 pretender in 3 short weeks. After a loss to OU, things have just gone downhill for the Red Raiders. Their reward for a 3 game losing streak, is a matchup against the #5 Baylor Bears, in which they are a 25 point underdog.

7. West Virginia 4-6, 2-5 LW 7. This week: @ Kansas: The Mountaineers almost had their second marquee win in Morgantown, but fell short of the Longhorns 47-40 in Overtime. Things look bleak for the Moutaineers, after an embarrassing loss to Baylor, but have improved, and have winnable games over the next few weeks that could get them bowl eligible. That would quite a feat after what they have been through and whom they've had to replace from last year.

8. TCU 4-6, 2-5 LW 8. This week: @ Kansas State : After 3 straight losses and a slew of players out for the game against Iowa State, the Horned Frogs were able to gut out a 21-17 in Aimes, Iowa. With BJ Catalon and Jason Verrett out with injuries, and Wayman James suspended, the Horned Frogs gutted out a win. The offense still struggled, but TCU has to feel good about ending their 3 game losing streak and keeping their slim bowl hopes alive. TCU heads to Manhattan looking for their second victory in as many games.

9. Iowa State 1-8, 0-6 LW 9. This week: @ #18 Oklahoma: It's been a rough year for the Cyclones, as they continue their winless streak through Big 12 conference play. Things don't get easier though, as a mad Oklahoma team welcomes Iowa State to Norman. It's still a safe bet that the Cyclones will get 1-2 Big 12 wins and will have a signature upset at some point. Time is running out though.

10. Kansas 2-7, 0-6 LW 10. This week: West Virginia: At this point, it would seem to make sense that Charlie Weiss hand the reigns over to Montell Cozart. The only positive light out of their 42-6 drubbing, at the hands of Oklahoma State, is the fact that Cozart led them to over 200 yards rushing and seemed to have a decent grasp of the offense.

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