Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 9

Joe Yeager ranks them, and Texas Tech is moving on up after a huge upset over Oklahoma

1.    Oklahoma State: In what I thought could be an upset special, the Cowboys cleaned Missouri's plow in Columbia. Oklahoma State really has the complete package on offense. Sure, they've got perhaps the best passing attack in the country, but with Joseph Randle running the pig, they've got firepower in the running game too. Furthermore, the Cowboy defense is creating loads of turnovers. To beat this outfit you've got to hang onto the pill and score, score, score.

 

2.    Oklahoma: You don't go from the penthouse to the outhouse because of one three-point loss. The Sooners are the same talented team that was on the inside track to the national championship game before getting waylaid by the Red Raiders. Their odds of playing for the title just got considerably longer, but OU is not entirely out of the sweepstakes. They will be if they cannot subdue the gritty Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan this weekend.

 

3.    Kansas State: The upcoming battle with the Sooners is the biggest game for the Wildcats in many a long year, although the phlegmatic Bill Snyder would be the last person to admit it. If KSU can get past Oklahoma, they will proceed to an even bigger game against Oklahoma State the very next week.

 

4.    Texas A&M: The steady, solid Aggies are seven points away from being undefeated. And although they may well lose a couple more games this season, it's unlikely anybody will blow them out. The Aggies are too sound, balanced and consistent for that.

 

5.    Texas Tech: The Red Raiders' win over Oklahoma in Norman may have been the greatest upset in the history of the Big 12. But what will Tech do with the momentum and confidence gained from that historic victory? The Red Raiders could proceed to a special season or they could validate those who say the win was a fluke. Fortunately, they should have enough in the tank to beat Iowa State in Lubbock even if they come out flat as a Levelland parking lot.

 

6.    Texas: The Longhorns had a bye last week. They have another this week when Kansas comes to town. Then the Horns will have a date with the Red Raiders at DKR.

 

7.    Baylor: The Bears also had a bye week, and they needed it after getting rolled by the Aggies in College Station. But if Baylor thought Texas A&M was tough, they'll find out just what tough is this Saturday when they travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State.

 

8.    Missouri: Missouri is in misery after getting walloped by Oklahoma State in Columbia. But at least Tiger quarterback James Franklin isn't taking it too hard: "I know I didn't play the best. And it's frustrating, but being sad about it isn't going to do anything about it."

 

Sad is the word to describe Mizzou's rush defense, which gave up 138 yards to Joseph Randle and allowed him to average 10 yards per carry. Did Gary Pinkel hire Lyle Setencich? At any rate, Aggie backs Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael are surely licking their chops over this weekend's visit from the Tigers.

 

9.    Iowa State: The Cyclones have now lost four straight games by an average of 24 points. Iowa State's defense cannot stop the run and Paul Rhoads cannot find a quarterback. This does not bode well for their upcoming trip to Lubbock.

 

10.    Kansas: The Jayhawks make Iowa State look terrific.


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