There were a few key games this past weekend and they didn't disappoint. Oklahoma and TCU gave fans exactly what they wanted and Oklahoma State continued the painful downfall of the Texas Longhorns. The Bears escaped Ames with a last second win and West Virginia squeaked by Kansas St. in Morgantown.
We take a look at the Big 12 Power Rankings after four weeks of play. One thing is certain, this conference season should be one to remember.
1. Baylor Bears
Ames is always a tough, tough place to play and the Bears found that out first hand. But, as has been a common theme for this conference season, the Bears defense showed up when it needed to, holding Iowa State to 0 points in the final quarter and allowing Baylor to score 17 points, including the game winning field goal as time expired. It was a season defining win for the Bears who have had to deal with huge distractions every week. Shock Linwood played up to his potential in gaining over 200 yds rushing . Up next is a much needed bye week before a homecoming game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
2. West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia also needed some last minute heroics to squeeze by Kansas State. The Mountaineers and the Bears are the only undefeated teams in the Big 12 and just continue to find ways to win despite their situations. West Virginia also has a bye week this week, before heading to Lubbock, TX to take on the Red Raiders.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma proved it is still the most talented team in the Big 12, with a big win against TCU. The Sooners did have to hold off a late rally by the Horned Frogs, but were able to come out of Ft. Worth with a win. Despite their two losses, the Sooners still have a ton to play for and are still considered by many to be the favorite to win the conference crown. The Sooners head to Dallas this weekend for their annual Red River Shootout with the Texas Longhorns.
4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
A week after losing a hard fought battle to Baylor, in Waco, the Cowboys returned to Stillwater and overwhelmed a reeling Texas Longhorns team. Mason Rudolph had a huge day through the air, and the running game made another appearance. If the Cowboys can continue to run the ball with some consistency, they will be a tough out every week. The Cowboys welcome a tough Iowa State team to Stillwater this weekend.
5. TCU Horned Frogs
The Horned Frogs controlled the Sooners early, before the Sooners offense woke up. Still, the Horned Frogs had an opportunity to win the game late in the 4th quarter, before falling to the Sooners and losing their second game of the season. The Horned Frogs will continue to be a tough out and could compete for the conference crown with how wide open the league is. TCU travels to Lawrence for a midday clash with the Jayhawks.
6. Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State proved once again that they can beat anyone anywhere. The Wildcats controlled most of the game against the Mountaineers before giving up a late TD. As always, they will continue to be a tough matchup for anyone and will likely surprise a couple of teams this conference season.
7. Texas Longhorns
Yeah, they aren't back and Charlie Strong could be a free man if the Longhorns get blown out on Saturday, against Oklahoma.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
With Patrick Mahomes hurt, it is next man up for the Red Raiders, but that shouldn't cause a slow down in the offense. The defense will always be the problem for the Red Raiders.
9. Iowa State Cyclones
I warned last week about a crazy game with the Bears and thats exactly what fans got. Iowa State seemingly had the game won heading in to the 4th quarter with a 14 point lead. But the offense stalled out and the Bears were able to score 17 points and sneak out of Ames with a 45-42 win. It was a gut wrenching loss for the Cyclones, but they have a ton to build off of. I still contend that the Cyclones will beat someone they aren't supposed to, this year.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
They will continue to hold this spot until they can actually win a game.