Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 12

Yeager ranks the powerhouses of the Big 12 heading into a big weekend for a lot of teams.

1.    Oklahoma State: The Cowboys did nothing to convince me they are not the Big 12's best in their 66-6 laugher over Texas Tech. What was most impressive was their intensity and focus. Coming off a very tough win against Kansas State and facing a patently inferior foe, the Cowboys could have come out flat and lazy against Tech. They were anything but.


2.    Oklahoma: The Sooners were off last week and travel to Waco on Saturday. Assuming the bye week didn't cause Oklahoma to lose their edge, expect the Sooners to roll over an overrated Bear squad.


3.    Kansas State: By this point it may be a cliché, but the Wildcats are undoubtedly the guttiest team in college football. Their quadruple-overtime victory over Texas A&M following a heartbreaking loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater is the stuff of legend. But do the Wildcats have anything left in the tank for the Longhorns? It's a very legitimate question, but I wouldn't bet against Bill Snyder's boys.


4.    Baylor: The Bears also scored an overtime win last weekend, but it was against the threadbare Kansas Jayhawks. Hardly as impressive as Kansas States' accomplishment. But a win is a win, and Baylor was hardly assured of that late in the third quarter in Lawrence. Still, outside of the win against TCU in the opener, the Bears don't have a truly impressive pelt in their paws. An upset of Oklahoma would validate Baylor as a legitimate Top 25 team. As of the present, I don't regard them as such.


5.    Missouri: The Tigers remain far and away the squirreliest team in the Big 12, and the twin losses of Henry Josey and Gary Pinkel only render Mizzou evermore enigmatic. That said, if the visiting Red Raiders play anything like they have the last three weeks, MU could offer up their very worst and still win by four touchdowns.


6.    Texas A&M: Four of the Aggies' five losses have come by a touchdown or less, and two went into overtime. As the gutwrenchers pile up and the preseason goals fall by the wayside, one wonders if and when Texas A&M will pack it in. But if they haven't done so after 10 games, there's no reason to think they will in the concluding tilts with Kansas and Texas.


7.    Texas: All of Mack Brown's preseason guff about revamping the Longhorns' attitude and building a vastly more physical offense turned out to be nothing but a load of hot methane. After the loss to Missouri, the Horns are an underwhelming 6-3 with very loseable games remaining against Kansas State, Texas A&M and Baylor. And a 6-6 season following last year's debacle would make Austin even more intolerable than it already is.


8.    Iowa State: The Cyclones, who were off last weekend, are the next roadkill for Oklahoma State as the Cowboys barrel toward the Bedlam shootout and a battle for all the beans. Better believe it, brother.


9.    Kansas: Unlike another team that shall remain nameless, the Jayhawks have actually improved a bit through the course of a dismal season, and have shown some real fight in their last two games against. They lost those games, to Iowa State and Baylor of course, but at least the Jayhawks have been competitive.


10.    Texas Tech: Before the bottom fell out, the Red Raiders actually beat   Kansas by 11 in Lawrence. There's no reason whatsoever to believe they could do the same thing right now. And failing a win against either Missouri or Baylor in the final two games, Tech will have the distinction of being the worst team in the Big 12 regardless of what the records state.

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