1. Oklahoma: The Kansas Jayhawks probably feel like they got off lightly. Rather than get mangled and mauled by the Oklahoma Sooners, they were merely demolished and destroyed by reasonably sane 47-17 count. Do we have a kinder, gentler Bob Stoops club here? The Texas Tech Red Raiders will soon find out.
2. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys were workmanlike in their 38-26 win over the Texas Longhorns in Austin. Not so very long ago Oklahoma State would have been ecstatic over any win deep in the heart of Texas. Nowadays they expect it. But Oak State had best be on upset alert when they travel to Columbia, Mo. this weekend. The schizoid Tigers are capable of wrecking the Cowboys' perfect season.
3. Kansas State: Bill Snyder has done some superb coaching jobs throughout his illustrious career, but his construction and direction of the current squad is right up there with his greatest efforts. Many folks expected this team to collapse under the weight of its talent deficit. Well it doesn't look like that's about to happen. And it certainly won't happen this week as the Wildcats draw the Styrofoam-constructed Jayhawks.
4. Texas A&M: The Aggies haven't really played a bad game all season. Their two losses were close defeats at the hands of the excellent Arkansas Razorbacks and the dynamic Oklahoma State Cowboys. And last weekend against Baylor the Aggies demonstrated for all to see which team was legitimate and which most certainly was not.
5. Missouri: This team rises and falls on the play of quarterback James Franklin and the offense. That side of the ball is as erratic as the stock market, but when it's on its game the Tigers can hang with anybody because the defense is solid as a rock. Mizzou's clash with Oklahoma State in Columbia will be the most interesting game in the Big 12 this week.
6. Texas: The Longhorns are the prototype of mediocrity. The defense is every bit as good as Missouri's, but the offense doesn't pack a great deal of punch. Quarterbacks Ash and Case are guys you hope don't make too many mistakes, and the receiving corps doesn't give them many opportunities to make plays. Still, this team has too much talent to ever be really bad.
7. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are improving slowly, but will they improve quickly enough to garner a few more wins this season? Barring the gross special teams breakdowns which cost Tech dearly the past two weeks, the Red Raiders are capable of putting together a fairly strong finish for what has been a somewhat disappointing 2011 season so far.
8. Baylor: Kansas State and Baylor were the two surprise teams of the Big 12 early on. The Wildcats proved they were for real while the Bears have shown that their early upset of TCU was little more than deceptive. Baylor has some talent, but they're the Cowardly Lions of the Big 12—if they only had a heart.
9. Iowa State: There is no more wind in the Cyclones' vortices. After a fairly impressive 3-0 start, Iowa State has lost three in a row by mounting margins—23 points to Texas and Baylor, and 35 points to Missouri. The road doesn't get any less stony as Texas A&M visits Ames this weekend.
10. Kansas: Will the Jayhawks abscond with a few Wildcat pelts following the Sunflower Shootout with Kansas State? I wouldn't bet on it, but because this is a rivalry game it's possible KU could hold their own for a quarter or two.