1. Kansas State: The most remarkable thing about the Wildcats is not just their consistency but the consistency of how they win games. Sure, KSU can blow out bad teams, but when locked in a dogfight with a good team (Oklahoma, Iowa State), they manage to play excellent defense and win close games. The moral of the story is you don't want to be in a tight game with Bill Snyder's group in the fourth quarter because the Cats win those just about every time.
2. Oklahoma: Since the loss to Kansas State, the Sooners are playing better than any team in the country. If—and it's a huge if—KSU stumbles twice, the Sooners should be there to grab the brass ring because it doesn't look like they will lose again.
3. Texas Tech: The demolition of West Virginia was an eye-opener, or should have been an eye-opener for college football types all across the land. The Red Raider defense is flat out for real. The stats are not a mirage. And when Seth Doege is hitting his marks, Tech is capable of beating anybody.
4. TCU: After listless performances against Kansas, Virginia and SMU, and a loss to Iowa State, many folks were wondering whether the Horned Frogs would win another game. Then starting quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended from the team and the Toads played like gangbusters against Baylor in the new QB's second start. But the defense played by next week's opponent, Texas Tech, in no ways resembles the shambles Phil Bennett oversees.
5. West Virginia: We all believed that if the Mountaineers lost, it would be because of their terrible defense. Nobody imagined that an offensive seizure would do them in, but that's what happened in Lubbock. Now Kansas State and Heisman frontrunner Collin Klein come to Morgantown. Will the Heisman favorite lose his halo two weeks in a row?
6. Iowa State: The Cyclones lost to Kansas State last weekend, but gained lots of respect in the process. Monster defensive tackle Jake McDonough spearheads one of the nation's toughest defenses. If ISU had a quarterback, they might be in the spot currently occupied by KSU.
7. Oklahoma State: Coming off a referee-authored defeat against Texas, the Cowboys were lackluster against Kansas and could have lost the game. If they don't regain their pizzazz, they won't survive Iowa State this weekend because the Cyclones are far superior defensively to the Jayhawks.
8. Texas: Karma rhymes with itch. And it descended upon the burnt orange thieves with crimson and cream fury after they stole one in Stillwater. Now the Longhorn program is in a state of extreme disarray. Football Baal seems to be calling in what is owed him. (And pssst…Manny Diaz is no Art Kaufman.)
9. Baylor: The Bears' four-touchdown loss to TCU was almost as shocking as West Virginia's five-touchdown loss to Texas Tech. But when spread teams with bad defenses sputter on offense, as they tend to do occasionally, bad and surprising losses result. Nick Florence, who takes many risks, finally got burned, when the Frogs intercepted him four times. Perhaps a porous Texas defense will fix what ails Florence this weekend.
10. Kansas: The Jayhawks' only hope for another victory this season is that somebody overlooks them as Oklahoma State did last weekend. Kansas' offense is truly dreadful. Their highest point total this season was 24 against a Rice stop unit that is No. 106 in scoring defense.