Websider Big 12 South Report

Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp gives his power rankings for the Big 12 South through week three of Big 12 Conference play. Where have the Aggies landed after a 35-7 loss to Texas Tech in Lubbock?

I said last week that we would find out a lot more about the Big 12 South division after October 13—and boy, did we ever. Oklahoma appears to be the best team in the division, and if they play their cards right, they could back their way into the BCS championship game, especially if the teams in front of them (half of which aren't used to being in this position) don't take care of business. That loss to Colorado could come back to haunt them though if Texas Tech continues to take care of business.

1. Oklahoma (6-1 Overall, 2-1 Big 12)
Oklahoma has a pretty favorable schedule with the exception of its season finale in Lubbock against the high-octane offense of Texas Tech. However, Stoops has never had much trouble slowing down Leach's offensive system, and I don't see him having much of a problem this year either. However, if Tech can survive a trip to Austin, that game could be a showdown with a trip to the Big 12 Championship game on the line. If Oklahoma has to play a night game in Lubbock, giving fans all day to get "prepared" for the Sooners, it could be an upset special.

2. Texas Tech (6-1, 2-1)
Texas Tech still hasn't really played against one of the better defenses in the Big 12 yet (probably because there aren't many good defenses to choose from) but the Red Raiders' defense looked much better against the Aggies this weekend in Lubbock. Although, it's hard to tell how much of their success was because of their defense or the product of an A&M offensive game plan that stopped doing what they were successful at in the opening plays of the game. Either way, the Red Raiders are tied with Oklahoma for the Big 12 South lead and they will host the meeting with Oklahoma in the season finale. That could be a fun game to watch—you might want to go ahead and take the over.

3. Texas (5-2, 1-2)
Texas destroyed a defenseless Iowa State team this weekend, again, begging the question, are they that good? Or is Iowa State that bad? I think it's a little bit of both, but holding any team to just three points—while scoring 56 mind you—is an impressive accomplishment, especially without playmaking wide receiver Limus Sweed. Has Colt McCoy finally recovered from that injury last November? For two consecutive weeks, the Longhorns have looked like the top-10 team that they started the season as. However, with the two early losses, they're too far behind the eight ball to finish much higher than third unless they get a lot of help.

T-4. Texas A&M (5-2, 2-1) My how far the Aggies have fallen. Less than a month ago, I thought they had a shot at making a New Year's Day Bowl, with an outside shot at the Big 12 Championship. However, a couple of beatdowns on the road, and an email scandal later, the Aggies find themselves just playing for pride—and for their coach's job. All signs point to a coaching change at the end of the season, but if the Aggies have a performance in Nebraska that's similar to their last two road trips, Franchione may have to hitch a ride back from Lincoln on a commercial flight. Unfortunately, things are getting ugly in Aggieland, but hopefully A&M can stop the bleeding this week against a Nebraska team that appears to be in total disarray.

T-4. Oklahoma State (5-2, 2-1)
The Cowboys rebounded from a tough loss on the road against Texas A&M to lay a 45-14 whipping on Nebraska. The only problem for Cowboys fans is that Nebraska appears to have mailed it in. However, that kind of performance is definitely a much better position to be in than the Aggies, who have to go back on the road themselves amidst off the field distractions and talk of a new head coach. Plus, OSU will host Big 12 North bottom feeder Iowa State this weekend, which should help them move to 3-1 in the Big 12. Then their final three games against Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma will be huge tests for "40-year-old man," Mike Gundy, and the Cowboys.

6. Baylor (3-4, 0-3)
The Bears are 0-3 in Big 12 play after facing A&M, Colorado and Kansas. They've still got to play Texas, at Kansas State, Texas Tech, at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. You get the picture?




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