Big 12 Power Chart: Week Five

The big stories in the Big 12 this past week were Oklahoma's highly impressive road win over Notre Dame and West Virginia's shocking upset of Oklahoma State. Despite what looked like grievous weaknesses on defense and at the quarterback position, Bob Stoops' Sooners have reloaded.

The big stories in the Big 12 this past week were Oklahoma's highly impressive road win over Notre Dame and West Virginia's shocking upset of Oklahoma State. Despite what looked like grievous weaknesses on defense and at the quarterback position, Bob Stoops' Sooners have reloaded. I guess that's what Oklahoma is supposed to do. And the craziness in Morgantown just goes to show how unpredictable college football can be. That's where a lot of the fun lies.

1. Oklahoma (+1): It's not quite fair to say that Oklahoma dominated the Fighting Irish, but you got the sense that the Sooners were clearly the better team from the very first series. Notre Dame challenged Oklahoma in the second half, but never once did I feel the Sooners were in real danger. OU looks like a mentally tough bunch.

2. Baylor (-1): What looked like a certain laffer versus West Virginia this week suddenly got a mite more interesting with the Mountaineers' surprise victory over Oklahoma State. But will West Virginia be Baylor's first real challenge of the season? I highly doubt it. WVU's win over the Cowboys was the best thing that could have happened to Art Briles. It created a wakeup call that Briles now does not have to deliver. Look for the Bears to roll once more.

3. Texas Tech (+1): The Red Raiders are becoming a team that wins defensive struggles. Who woulda thunk it? Tech will likely win another when they venture to Lawrence to take on an offensively punchless but defensively stout Kansas club.

4. TCU (+1): The Horned Frogs sputtered in the first half against SMU but showed their superiority in the second. When TCU's defense finally put the squeeze on Garrett Gilbert it was all over but the crying.

5. Oklahoma State (-3): Well, so much for the Cowboys! Oklahoma State still has gobs of talent on defense, offensive line and receiver, but J. W. Walsh was very shaky against West Virginia, the ground game has been a bit disappointing all season, and there are now questions about the team's maturity and mental toughness. The upcoming tilt with Kansas State could be a decent barometer for which way this group is going to go.

6. Texas (same): After a bye week, Texas travels to Ames to take on a team that looks just about as pathetic as did West Virginia this time last week. Could the Longhorns be this week's Oklahoma State?

7. West Virginia (+3): Wow. Double wow. The Mountaineers looked absolutely down for the count following a 37-0 humiliation at the hands of Maryland, but got off the deck to rip Oklahoma State, a team that looked like a very strong Big 12 championship contender. One thing about Dana Holgorsen's teams is that you never really know what you're going to get. And despite the huge win, that's not necessarily a compliment.

8. Kansas State (-1): The Wildcats really haven't done anything remotely impressive this season. They'll get the opportunity to make some sort of a mark when they travel to Stillwater. A win over an angry group of Cowboys would be just the tonic for Bill Snyder's team.

9. Iowa State (same): Iowa State's win over Tulsa was actually fairly impressive. Factor in two close losses earlier in the season and the Cyclones may not be quite as bad as everybody thinks. But eventually they'll have to beat somebody of consequence in order to gain some respect. The Longhorns are coming to down. Whether they are somebody of consequence is a matter of opinion.

10. Kansas (same): At this point there's not much reason to believe the Jayhawks stand any real chance against Texas Tech. Kansas' defense is very respectable, but the offense is a mess. If the Red Raider defense plays like it has been, KU may not tally double digits in first downs, let alone points.

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