6) Texas Tech (4-0 Overall, 1-0 Big 12)
The Red Raiders started off ominously, falling behind 20-0 at Kansas, but quickly rallied to take the lead at 24-20 by the second quarter. It's that second team that you'd like to see more of, though the Red Raiders, like a lot of Big 12 teams, still appear to be trying to find their stride. Still, they're undefeated and claimed their first conference win on the road by double-digits. A lot to like there.
Last Time Out: W 45-34 at Kansas
Next Time Out: vs. Texas A&M
7) Missouri (2-2, 0-1)
Could the Tigers be the most underrated team in the Big 12? There's certainly an argument for that theory. Sure, the Tigers have two losses. But one came at Oklahoma and the other was an overtime defeat at Arizona State. The main problem spot appears to be the Tigers' pass defense, which was torched in both losses. That's not a good sign when facing a schedule that still includes four quarterbacks with higher passer ratings than Jones has. This week, the secondary should get a bit of a rest against a run-heavy Kansas State team.
Last Time Out: L 38-28 at Oklahoma (Sept. 24)
Next Time Out: at Kansas State
8) Texas A&M (2-2, 0-1)
This could be too low for a team of the Aggies' talent, which is certainly in the top half of the league. But back-to-back second-half failings would seem to point to serious issues, the kind that some teams are never able to bounce back from. The pass defense has been absolutely torched in those second halves, and this week the Aggies will take on Tech quarterback Seth Doege, who has been simply outstanding this year. A strong showing would go a long way toward building confidence and propelling this team to a spot more befitting its talent level.
Last Time Out: L 42-38 vs. Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas
Next Time Out: at Texas Tech
9) Iowa State (3-1, 0-1)
The Cyclones might seem a little low here, especially after a couple teams with two losses. But after the way the Cyclones' skill position players were totally shut down last week, I can't see them beating teams that run well like Missouri and Texas A&M. Iowa State could go a long way toward changing that perception with a victory at Baylor, but I'm not sure this is a team with the talent at the skill positions to compete in a shootout with most of these teams.
Last Time Out: L 37-14 vs. Texas
Next Time Out: at Baylor
10) Kansas (2-2, 0-1)
49-0. That's the scoreline that the Jayhawks have been outscored by in the third quarter of their last two games. The Jayhawks entered halftime within striking distance (a touchdown) of Georgia Tech on the road, and actually led Texas Tech 27-24 (though the Red Raiders came back to make the margin that close). Then the third quarter struck and the Jayhawks were put away in both games. Whether it's second-half adjustments or just not coming out with the same fire, Kansas has to fix that trend to win a conference game or two this season.
Last Time Out: L 45-34 vs. Texas Tech
Next Time Out: at Oklahoma State