1. Oklahoma State: Until 2009 Lubbock, Texas was a doom-site for the Cowboys. They hadn't won there since 1945. Now Oklahoma State has won two in a row there and is heavily favored to make it three this weekend. It's hard to imagine the Cowboys not scoring at will against the Red Raiders, but the OSU defense is vulnerable too. This one could be a barnburner.
2. Oklahoma: All American receiver Ryan Broyles is done for the season, but wideout is one position where depth is absolutely not a problem. Lessening the concern further still, the Sooners meet up with Baylor's sieve-like defense after a bye this weekend. The Bears are again ranked in the top 25, but they won't be when Oklahoma gets through with them.
3. Kansas State: The Wildcats very nearly upset Oklahoma State's national title run last weekend. Indeed, if Colin Klein had been allowed to get out of the pocket on KSU's final play instead of being asked to throw a difficult fade into the corner of the end zone, they may have turned the trick.
4. Texas: The Longhorns look to have finally settled into a groove; playing Kansas and Texas Tech on successive weekends will do that for a team. Still, Texas' ground game and defense are for real. And as long as Brian Harsin doesn't ask David Ash to do too much, the Horns can hang with almost anybody.
5. Texas A&M: The Aggies are a very solid, very competitive football team, but they lack that certain something to propel them to greatness. Is Ryan Tannyhill not quite good enough? Does A&M lack playmakers on defense? Or does this team suffer from lack of motivation? They really should be better than 5-4.
6. Baylor: The win over Missouri was a good one, and has doubtless rekindled thoughts that the Bears may be somewhat special. What's more, the Kansas Jayhawks are the last team that's capable of disabusing them of that delusion this weekend.
7. Missouri: Win, loss, win, loss, loss, win, loss, win, loss. Does this mean the visiting Longhorns are cruising for a bruising when they hit Faurot Field on Saturday? I somehow doubt it.
8. Iowa State: The Cyclones were as flat last weekend as the Red Raiders were when they entertained Iowa State two Saturdays ago. But the Jayhawks are the one team anybody in the Big 12 can beat while flat.
9. Texas Tech: The last time the Red Raiders lost back-to-back games by a total of 66 points or more, Ronald Reagan was in office. Specifically, Tech fell to Baylor and Texas A&M by scores of scores of 14-45 and 8-45 respectively in 1986. The 7-41 loss to Iowa State and the 20-52 loss to Texas take us back to those days. And if the Red Raiders don't conjure up some serious hoodoo for Oklahoma State, they could set the school record for the three worst losses in a row.
10. Kansas: The Jayhawks blew their last hope for a third win this season when they fell by three points to Iowa State. They will conclude their season with a 2-10 mark. But because nobody in Lawrence cares about football, Turner Gill might actually receive a contract extension and a hefty raise.