Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 10

The Big 12 race is starting to shape up with Baylor and Texas both undefeated and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each just a game behind them. Many people have wondered if Baylor is for real or has just been beating up on lesser opponents. We'll finally start getting some answers throughout November.

The Big 12 race is starting to shape up with Baylor and Texas both undefeated and Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each with just one loss. Many people have wondered if Baylor is for real or has just been beating up on lesser opponents. We'll finally start getting some answers throughout November.

1. Baylor: The Bears (7-0 overall, 4-0 in Big 12) have no excuses against Oklahoma on Thursday. Baylor had a bye last week, which afforded them extra time to prepare for, by far, their toughest competition of the season to date in the Sooners. They also get to play in the friendly confines of a sold out, tarpless Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears are No. 6 in the BCS standings, own the No. 1 total offense in the nation at 718.4 yards per game and the No. 1 passing offense at 417.3 yards per game. Time to see if these numbers are just a mirage or if Baylor is a legitimate contender.

2. Texas: Remember when the Longhorns were a laughingstock and coach Mack Brown was seemingly days away from being forced out? After two consecutive losses early in the season Brown said Texas still had the Big 12 to play for. Guess his players listened. The Longhorns (6-2, 5-0) have won five straight, including blowout wins over archrival Oklahoma on Oct. 12 and lowly Kansas last week. This week the Horns head to Morgantown to take on a West Virginia team who has been feisty at home.

3. Oklahoma: The Sooners (7-1, 4-1) are coming off a bye after holding off Texas Tech two weeks ago in Norman. Oklahoma is in the unfamiliar role of underdog against Baylor this week, something coach Bob Stoops is sure to remind his players of before kickoff. A win over the Bears would put Oklahoma right back in the Big 12 title chase, while a loss would make Stoops' seat a little warmer.

4. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys (7-1, 4-1) picked up a big win last week against Texas Tech and find them selves just a game back in the Big 12 title hunt. Oklahoma State should cruise again this week in a home game against Kansas and move to 5-1 in conference play. The Cowboys finish the season with a murderers row of Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma, but have a shot of taking the Big 12.

5. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders (7-2, 4-2) are licking their wounds after another whipping at the hands of Oklahoma State. Texas Tech must now defeat Kansas State to keep from losing a third straight game after opening the season 7-0. Tech's task would appear simple, but difficult: stop the run. The Red Raiders have given up over 550 yards in the the two losses and the Wildcats are a power running team.

6. Kansas State: The Wildcats (4-4, 2-3) appear to be playing their best football of the season after back-to-back victories over West Virginia and Iowa State. This week Kansas State looks to pick up its first road victory and move to .500 in Big 12 play with a win over a reeling Texas Tech squad.

7. West Virginia: The Mountaineers (4-5, 2-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with an inspiring road comeback win over TCU. There was no time to celebrate though, as West Virginia hosts a surging Texas team this week in Morgantown. The Mountaineers will have to play its best football of the season to come out on top, but they have played well at home and already pulled off one upset earlier this season against Oklahoma State.

8. TCU: To say the Horned Frogs (3-6, 1-5) are struggling would be an understatement and last week's loss to West Virginia was rock bottom. TCU has lost three in a row, four of the last five and its only conference win is against Kansas, who holds the longest conference losing streak in the FBS. If The Horned Frogs aren't careful they could lose at Iowa State this week and slip further into the abyss.

9. Iowa State: The Cyclones (1-7, 0-5) opened Big 12 play by challenging Texas and Texas Tech to close contests, but have since been beaten up by conference opponents. Last week's 41-7 pasting by Kansas State was Iowa State's fifth consecutive loss. The Cyclones need a win over TCU this week in a big way.

10. Kansas: The Jayhawks (2-6, 0-5) are coming off a 35-13 loss to Texas to push its Big 12 losing streak to 26 games. Kansas will have a hard time breaking the ignominious mark this week at Oklahoma State.

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