As we approach the midway point of the season, teams are beginning to place themselves in the pecking order of the Big 12. Things have gone about as expected, though, with the exception of West Virginia, who has been able to win a few key games.
We take a look at the Big 12 Power Rankings after six weeks of play. One thing is certain, this conference season should be one to remember.
1. Baylor Bears
The Bears took a well deserved bye week to work on fundamentals. Overall, this Baylor team is pretty healthy and that should make the coaching staff very happy. The Bears return to the field this weekend against Kansas. Next week is another bye, before a much anticipated showdown with the Texas Longhorns.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
Honestly, I think OU and WVU are neck and neck, but OU had a very tough schedule to start and seem to be putting things together. No one would argue they are the most talented team in the Big 12 and they've shown it, with two big wins against TCU and Texas.
3. West Virginia Moutaineers
Like I mentioned above, I think WVU and OU are tied, but OU edges them because of the wins they have. WVU does have some good wins, but OU is likely the more complete team. The Moutaineers will face their biggest test of the season this weekend, as they make a trip to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Red Raiders.
4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
After dominating Texas, in a double digit win, the Cowboys followed it up with a come back win against an improving Iowa State squad. The Cowboys were able to step up on defense, late, and slow down Iowa State. The Cowboys will continue to be a tough out for anyone, especially in Stillwater.
5. Kansas State Wildcats
At 1-1 in conference play, the Wildcats are in a good position to make some noise. They lost a hard fought game against WVU but came back to beat a talented Tech team, in Manhattan. Bill Snyder is the wizard and anyone who goes in to Manhattan will likely leave with an L this year.
6. TCU Horned Frogs
The Horned Frogs are also 1-1 in the conference, but struggled last week against Kansas, in Lawrence. TCU's defense has been the main question mark this year, but that is a little bit of a surprise considering they returned starters from last years squad. The offense seems to be picking up, so TCU will continue to be a tough, tough out for anyone.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders
I flirted with putting Iowa State here because of the showings they've had against Baylor and OSU. But, I stayed with the Red Raiders here, since they have more talent than Iowa State and are likely to have a better season outcome than Iowa State. The Red Raiders are primed to upset someone from the top, but that defense is so bad, the offense will have to outscore someone.
8. Iowa State Cyclones
Matt Campbell has something brewing in Ames and the rest of the Big 12 better take notice. In back to back weeks, the Cyclones have taken both Baylor and Oklahoma State deep into the 4th quarters with leads, only to have their hearts ripped out by last minute defeats. The team is certainly playing differently and it looks like the Cyclones have found their QB. Campbell is laying the foundation and it would not surprise me to see a couple of upsets over the next couple of weeks.
9. Texas Longhorns
Nothing is going right in Texas. The Longhorns are currently sporting a 3 game losing streak and it doesn't seem to be getting better. Charlie Strong took over defensive coordinator duties and gave up 600+ yards to an OU offense that hadn't really been that explosive this year. Charlie Strong is on his last leg with Texas and better turn things around quickly.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
They will continue to hold this spot until they can actually win a game, but they are showing some improvement.