1. Oklahoma State: If the Cowboys can keep their wits about them the season-ending Bedlam battle with Oklahoma could pit the nation's No.2 and No.3 teams. Thus far the only club that was able to challenge Oklahoma State was Texas A&M, and the only other real obstacle on OSU's schedule prior to Oklahoma is this weekend's visiting Kansas State Wildcats.
2. Oklahoma: As predicted by many, the Sooners rebounded from their upset loss to Texas Tech with a vengeance against Kansas State. This game was close for a half, but OU poured it on in the final two quarters. Don't expect the Sooners to lose twice in a row when the Aggies come to town on Saturday.
3. Kansas State: It took Oklahoma to do it, but somebody finally managed to bring the Wildcats back to earth. Now KSU faces the likelihood of back-to-back losses when they travel to Stillwater. Frankly, it's hard to imagine the methodical KSU offense keeping pace with the Cowboy scoring machine.
4. Texas: The quality in the Big 12 drops off dramatically after the top three, and Texas gets this spot almost by default. Still, the Longhorns are 5-2 and possess a defense good enough to keep them in the game against all but the best opponents. Texas' offense is mediocrity writ large, but with Texas Tech coming to town there is an opportunity to pad the stats.
5. Missouri: The Tigers are the most volatile team in the conference not named Texas Tech. Their latest example of unpredictability was a come-from-behind defeat of Texas A&M in College Station. Don't be surprised, therefore, if Baylor trounces Mizzou in Waco this weekend.
6. Texas A&M: The home loss to Missouri was a real stinger for the Aggies. Now a 5-3 Texas A&M team must close with Oklahoma, Kansas State and Texas in three of their final four games. A once outstanding season now has 6-6 written all over it.
7. Baylor: The Bears are now 5-3 but haven't done anything truly impressive since their season-opening win over TCU, and even that accomplishment is looking rather meretricious. But with five games remaining, and tilts against Missouri, Tech and Kansas among them, Baylor could still salvage a very respectable season.
8. Iowa State: Don't let the 41-7 demolition job on Texas Tech fool you—this is still a very weak team. That fact may not become apparent when the Cyclones take on Kansas this weekend, but it will be painfully obvious when they close with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
9. Texas Tech: It's hard to believe that Oklahoma lost in Norman to the second worst team in the Big 12, but as of this moment, that's the way it stands. The Red Raiders micturated away every once of credibility they gained by beating the Sooners and then some with their pathetic display against Iowa State. Most people now consider the win in Norman to be nothing more than a fluke. Tech has a chance to prove them wrong in Austin this weekend.
10. Kansas: The Jayhawks' last real shot at another victory comes this weekend when they travel to Iowa State. Should Kansas pull the upset, Texas Tech will feel much like Oklahoma must have felt after Iowa State laid the lumber to the Red Raiders.