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. West Virginia Mountaineers
Right now West Virginia is playing as good as anyone in the conference. Hands down. They went into Lubbock and held the air raid to 17 points. Let that sink in. 17 points. It was a complete clinic from West Virginia and solidified them as the team to beat, in the Big 12 this year. All of their tough games take place in Morgantown, beginning with TCU this weekend.
2. Baylor Bears
Baylor had an excellent defensive effort against Kansas on Saturday. They may have taken things to a new level. Things get tougher, however, as Baylor enters the difficult part of their schedule. It starts with a much anticipated game against the Texas Longhorns on October 29th.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma is still going to be in the thick of things for the Big 12 title, but there are still some key games on the schedule. Can they go undefeated this conference season? Remains to be seen, but they are the most talented team in the Big 12.
4. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Coming off of a bye week, Oklahoma State will look to solidify themselves in the top half of the Big 12 and try to compete for a Big 12 title.
5. TCU Horned Frogs
The defense is the issue. Can the Horned Frogs clamp down on defense and begin to slow teams down? They get a huge test against West Virginia this weekend.
6. Texas Longhorns
The defense showed up last week, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. ISU is NOT OU, Baylor, Tech, TCU or West Virginia. Those teams, besides OU, are left on the schedule. Its a start though.
7. Kansas State Wildcats
The Wildcats are a dangerous team but will need to figure out how to throw the ball. The QB poses no threat to pass the ball deep, so it the defense can key on the run. Snyder will need to pull out some wizardry to pull off some upsets.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
The defense was the issue, but now they have to deal with a hurt Patrick Mahomes. Things seems to cooling for Kliff Kingsbury, but good showings against some tough teams coming up, could change that perspective.
9. Iowa State Cyclones
One step forward, two steps back. After two great showings against Baylor and Oklahoma St., Iowa State laid a goose egg in Austin. Couldn't run the ball and could stop the deep pass. The Cyclones are improving though.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
They will continue to hold this spot until they can actually win a game, but they are showing some improvement.