This past week of Big 12 action did little to shake up the Big 12 power rankings. However, TCU’s upcoming tilt with West Virginia could do just that. Do not sleep on the Mountaineers in this one. They could well do to the Frogs what they did to the Baylor Bears.
1. Kansas State: The Wildcats’ win over Texas—unlike TCU’s victory over Texas Tech—wasn’t spectacular, but it was pretty doggone impressive in its own right. KSU handed the Horns their first shutout since 2004, and held them to 196 total yards. Sure, UT has a very limited quarterback and a shaky offensive line, but locking down the overall talent of Texas and not giving UT anything easy on special teams or with a turnover on offense shows just how solid Bill Snyder’s team is.
2. TCU: It would be very easy to make the argument that the Frogs are better than the Cats. But you could make an equally strong argument for K-State. Either way, the surprising Horned Frogs and the workmanlike Wildcats are the conference’s cream right now, and the showdown between them on Nov. 8 will be one heck of a game. But TCU must first survive a trip to Morgantown where peril aplenty awaits.
3. Baylor: The Bears were idle and now draw Kansas, which is much the same as being idle.
4. West Virginia: Following the massive win over Baylor, the Mountaineers avoided a letdown by pulling away late from Oklahoma State in Stillwater. WVU won the turnover battle 2-0 and held the Cowboys to two of 15 on 3rd down conversions. The Mountaineers are now well positioned to knock off the smoking hot Horned Frogs.
5. Oklahoma: The Sooners travel to Ames to take on the Cyclones this week. Expect a typically valiant effort from Paul Rhoads’ outfit, but also expect OU to triumph with a very strong fourth quarter.
6. Texas: Despite suffering a shutout in their last outing, the Longhorns are actually not far from being a good football team. The defense is of championship caliber, special teams are adequate, and the offense can move the football but has a hard time finishing in plus territory. If and when Texas learns how to do this—and one suspects Texas Tech will help in that regard—the Horns will be a formidable foe.
7. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys’ eminently predictable freefall now enters its third week with a visit to Manhattan. Assuming a loss there, OSU could easily finish the season on a six-game losing skid.
8. Iowa State: The Clones had a bye week to prepare for Oklahoma, but the Sooners were also idle. ISU stands little chance of victory and will likely finish the season 4-8. A pity really, because the good folks of Ames deserve a winner at least every now and again.
9. Texas Tech: If nothing else, the Red Raiders have been consistent. They were awful to begin the season against Central Arkansas and have scarcely risen above that level since. Don’t expect things to change against Texas or at any point during this nightmarish season.
10. Kansas: Both Kansas and Baylor have had two weeks to stew over losses. Now the Bears will make Jayhawk stew.
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