1. No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs (8-1, 5-1). This week: at Kansas
The Horned Frogs have likely been the most consistent team in the Big 12 to this point, and arguably the most consistent team in the country. Trevone Boykin has emerged as a true Heisman contender, and the Horned Frogs have made their way into the College Football Playoff. However, their case is completely made with only Iowa State, Texas and Kansas left on the schedule.
2. No. 7 Baylor Bears (8-1, 5-1). This week: Bye
The Bears have a week off before finishing the season with Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Kansas State. Baylor’s offense finally looked back to normal against the Oklahoma Sooners as they exploded out to a 48-14 win for the first ever win in Norman. The Bears have a pivotal matchup against Kansas State left on the schedule, where they will try and make their College Football Playoff case.
3. No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats (7-2, 5-1). This week: Bye
The Wildcats lost in embarrassing fashion last week to TCU 41-20 in Fort Worth. Now with two losses, it will be difficult for Kansas State to get back into the playoff race, but they are still right in the thick of the Big 12 race with only one loss. However, they still have tough games left on the road against West Virginia and Baylor.
4. Texas Longhorns (5-5, 4-3). This week: at Oklahoma State
Who would have thought it? The Longhorns look good. Johnathan Gray finally broke out last week for 101 yards and three touchdowns on only three carries, and the Texas pass defense held a talented West Virginia rotation without a touchdown through the air. Texas needs only one more win to get bowl eligible, but its last two games are against Oklahoma State and TCU.
5. Oklahoma Sooners (6-3, 3-3). This week: at Texas Tech
After getting decimated by Baylor, the Sooners have become one of the forgotten teams in college football. Oklahoma may have three losses, but they came to teams ranked No. 4, 7 and 13 in the nation. With no games against ranked teams remaining, Oklahoma should be able to fight its way back into the top 25 by season’s end, as long as Trevor Knight can return by Oklahoma State.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers (6-4, 4-3). This week: Bye
West Virginia looked to be one of the rising teams in college football, until they lost in embarrassing fashion against the Longhorns. WVU will more likely than not finish 7-5, but finishing there as the No. 5 team in the Big 12 will potentially give them a great opportunity to make waves in a bowl game.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-4, 3-3). This week: vs. Texas
The Cowboys jumped into the top 15 after winning five-straight games early in the year, but have now lost three in a row against ranked opponents. Daxx Garman has only broken 200 yards in one of the last four games, three of which have been losses.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-6, 1-5). This week: vs. Oklahoma
Texas Tech has continued to be subpar this season, with only one conference win over Kansas. The other two wins? Over Central Arkansas and UTEP by a COMBINED 11 points. The Red Raiders return a healthy lineup this week with Davis Webb, but the defense has been a disaster.
9. Kansas Jayhawks (3-6, 1-5). This week: vs. TCU
The Jayhawks are out of the last spot on this list for the first team in the neighborhood of three years after beating Iowa State last weekend. The team has looked significantly improved since Clint Bowen took over for Charlie Weis, even if the Jayhawks will likely get destroyed in their last three games of 2014.
10. Iowa State Cyclones (2-7, 0-6). This week: Bye
Iowa State hit a new low in the Paul Rhodes era after getting beaten down by Kansas 34-14 in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas scored 24 straight points before ISU finally got on the board. How does a team recover from a stretch like this?