Big 12 Power Rankings, Week Six, Part One

Three of the top four Big 12 teams will face huge tests this week. How will the Power Rankings hold up?

1) Oklahoma (4-0 Overall, 1-0 Big 12)

With Texas looming on the horizon, the Sooners can be excused for looking past Ball State. Oklahoma led just 10-6 until about halfway through the second quarter before exploding and scoring the game's next 52 points. Just more ho hum work from the team expected to be the Big 12's best. Now, we'll get to see how the Sooners fare against another top-half conference team, and one of the few teams that has the talent to stand up. Stay tuned.


Last Time Out: W 62-6 vs. Ball State

Next Time Out: vs. Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas



2) Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0)

The last time we saw the Cowboys, they were making a valiant second-half comeback in their win at Texas A&M. Now that the aftermath of that game has died down, and coming off a bye week, it will be time to see if the Cowboys can show more consistency. Oklahoma State has the title to win its first outright Big 12, but that's not going to happen if the Cowboys give away the first half of games, as they did two weeks ago, or if they keep struggling with turnovers.


Last Time Out: W 30-29 at Texas A&M (Sept. 24)

Next Time Out: vs. Kansas



3) Texas (4-0, 1-0)

The Longhorns weren't perfect on a key road trip against Iowa State, but they didn't have to be, thanks to a number of errors committed by the Cyclones. Because of that, the score might have been a little deceptive, but Texas led 34-0 at halftime before coasting the rest of the way. Texas has improved seemingly every game so far, and the Longhorns will need to continue that trend to defeat a top-five Oklahoma team in Dallas Saturday.


Last Time Out: W 37-14 at Iowa State

Next Time Out: vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas



4) Kansas State (4-0, 1-0)

Is there any better coached team in America right now? Most people could accept the Wildcat win over Miami because the Hurricanes have typically been bipolar in their play the last few years. But this was an undefeated Baylor team, one firing on all cylinders offensively, and the Wildcats simply made more plays down the stretch for the win. Now, Kansas State must take on a Missouri team that has dominated play over their last several matchups. One thing's for sure: don't take the Wildcats lightly.


Last Time Out: W 36-35 vs. Baylor

Next Time Out: vs. Missouri



5) Baylor (3-1, 0-1)

It's rare that a quarterback completes 74 percent of his passes for 346 yards and five touchdowns and leaves a game with a sour taste in his mouth. But Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III couldn't have been happy with the ending of the Kansas State game, when he threw an interception that set up the Wildcats' winning score, then failed to lead the Bears back from the late deficit. This is still a team capable of winning a shootout with anybody, and should take its frustrations out on Iowa State this week.


Last Time Out: L 36-35 at Kansas State

Next Time Out: vs. Iowa State


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