Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 5

With the Big 12 jumping full throttle in to their conference schedule this weekend, we rank the Big 12 teams and recap a week 4 that saw Kansas State give a game away to Auburn, and West Virginia give #4 Oklahoma a run for their money.

With the Big 12 jumping full throttle in to their conference schedule this weekend, we rank the Big 12 teams and recap a week 4 that saw Kansas State give a game away to Auburn, and West Virginia give #4 Oklahoma a run for their money.

Here's how things sit after week 4:

1. #4 Oklahoma Sooners 4-0, 1-0. This week: Idle: There was certainly an argument for having Baylor above OU in the power rankings, but after the Sooners went in to Morgantown and won in impressive fashion, there is no question at this point in time that Oklahoma is the top team in the Big 12. With a potent ground game, led by the amazing talent of TFR Samaje Perine, the Sooners pulled away in the 3rd quarter. The Sooners will have an off week, before heading in to the meat of their Big 12 schedule.

2. #7 Baylor Bears 3-0, -0. This week: @ Iowa State: The Bears will head on the road to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa, this Saturday night. Baylor will welcome back 3 of their top 4 WR's in Goodley, Coleman, and Fuller. While the Bears haven't missed a beat on offnese, Bryce Petty is sure to welcome those three with open arms! Ames is a difficult place to play at, especially at night, but the Bears are much too talented for the Cyclones.

3. #25 Kansas State Wildcats 2-1, 1-0. This week: UTEP: Oh Kansas State, you were so close. Kansas State punched Auburn early and rattled the #5 team in the country, but couldn't hold on. Several mistakes by the Wildcats led to their demise. It's clear that KSU will be one of the top teams in the Big 12, but on this day, the Wildcats just gave the game away.

4. West Virginia Mountaineers 2-2, 0-1. This week: Idle: The Moutaineers welcomed the Oklahoma Sooners to Morgantown, this past weekend, and gave the Sooners all they could handle. The Mountaineers were able to hang with the Sooners for the first half, taking a close game in to halftime. Once the second half kicked off, however, the Sooners put the clamp on the WVU offense, and began to pound the rock. West Virginia has become more one dimensional, and will need to shore up the run game if they want to be competitive at the top of the league.

5. TCU Horned Frogs 2-0, 0-0. This week: @ SMU: The Horned Frogs will have one more tune up before the Big 12 portion of their schedule begins, and SMU is a great team to work out the kinks on. SMU has been nothing short of awful this year, and with June Jones resigning last week, things have just gotten worse. Look for Boykin to get more quality reps, and for the offense to continue to gain confidence. The Horned Frogs defense is already stout, so getting their offense to fire on all cylinders will be important for TCU.

6. Oklahoma State 2-1, 0-0. This week: Texas Tech: After a strong showing against UTSA, Dax Garman looks to continue his growth in the Oklahoma State offense. Garman has a huge arm, and has a few targets, one being Tyreik Hill, that will help to ease him in to the starting role. Oklahoma State has Tech, Iowa State, and KU on their schedule the next 3 weeks, so that should give Garman a great opportunity to learn and get better.

7. Texas Longhorns 1-2, 0-0. This week: @ Kansas : After a bye week, the Longhorns will look to rebound from a tough loss to UCLA. Tyrone Swoopes made some improvements, and looked a little more comfortable running the offense. Swoopes isn't as much of a runner as previously thought, so that may hold their offense back on the zone read options, but the running game should continue to be a positive for their offense.

8. Iowa State 1-2, 0-1. This week: #7 Baylor: The Cyclones have had 2 weeks to try and do two things: 1. Figure how to get their offense moving in order to keep up with Baylor's explosive offense. 2. Figure out how to position their defense to stop Baylor's explosive offense. Frankly, two weeks probably isn't enough. And if Baylor's offense wasn't already explosive enough, the Bears will welcome back 3 of their top 4 WR's in Antwan Goodley, Corey Coleman, and Clay Fuller. Those three added to go along with KD Cannon, Davion Hall, and Lynx Hawthorn, and you have to wonder how ISU will try to handle all of those WR's. With an opening line of -23.5, it doesn't seem Vegas thinks they can stop them.

9. Texas Tech 2-1, 0-0. This week: @ Oklahoma State: The Red Raiders had a tough off week, as Coach Kliff Kingsbury dismissed his Defensive Coordinator Matt Wallerstedt after their defense was scorched on the ground by Arkansas, in a blow out loss. Things don't get easier, as the Red Raiders go in to Stillwater, to face a Cowboys team that is breaking in a new QB.

10. Kansas 2-1, 0-0. This week: Texas: After a dismal 1st half, in which Kansas was only leading 7-3, the Jayhawks put away Central Michigan, 24-10. Expect this win to be the last one of the year for the Jayhawks, as they will now jump in to their Big 12 schedule, and the rest of the teams in the Big 12 are just head and shoulders above where Kansas is now. Gonna be a rough next several weeks for the Jayhawks.


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