Big 12 Power Rankings, Week Seven, Part One

Oklahoma holds on to the top spot in the Big 12 Power Rankings. But who comes next?

1) Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)

The Sooners made a statement with their 55-17 win over the Longhorns, a game in which they weren't really seriously challenged. It wasn't good enough to move Oklahoma up in the media poll, but the coaches, who never moved the Sooners out of the top spot, decided to keep them there. And after seeing the Sooners up close, Texas coach Mack Brown said that was probably a good idea. This week, the Sooners get a break of sorts, taking on a Kansas team ranked 120th (dead last) in both scoring and total defense.

Last Time Out: W 55-17 vs. Texas at Cotton Bowl in Dallas

Next Time Out: at Kansas

2) Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0)

Kansas scored the first points, a touchdown against the Cowboys in last Saturday's game. And then the Cowboys tore through the Jayhawk defense to put up a 56-7 lead at halftime. The Oklahoma State offense, when it's clicking, is impressive to watch. Now the Cowboys will see if they can pull out another big road win, a huge key if Oklahoma State wants to make that leap to a top-five team and Big 12 contender this year. To do it, they'll have to face a fired-up Texas team still upset after last week's loss.

Last Time Out: W 70-28 vs. Kansas

Next Time Out: at Texas

3) Kansas State (5-0, 2-0)

It might sound like a broken record by now, but the job Bill Snyder has done is simply amazing. The Wildcats have one former five-star player — linebacker Arthur Brown — and largely a collection of players other schools didn't want. Yet they were able to add Missouri to Baylor and Miami on the Wildcats' list of upsets. Kansas State simply plays strong defense, runs the ball, doesn't get too far behind, doesn't turn the ball over and doesn't beat itself. And if you do that, you're going to win a lot of football games.

Last Time Out: W 24-17 vs. Missouri

Next Time Out: at Texas Tech

4) Texas (4-1, 1-1)

Is this a big enough drop for the Longhorns, who were overmatched against Oklahoma last week? I'm honestly not sure. Turnovers played such a big part in that result, and any team will look poor when they turn the ball over like that. Most Big 12 teams won't have the speed and physicality that the Oklahoma defense has, and Texas looked much improved at protecting the ball heading into that game. This week's game is big in terms of helping to gauge just where the Longhorns are.

Last Time Out: L 55-17 vs. Oklahoma at Cotton Bowl in Dallas

Next Time Out: vs. Oklahoma State

5) Baylor (4-1, 1-1)

The Bears could make an argument to be a spot or two higher than this, as their only loss came by one point in Manhattan. Robert Griffin III still has an obscene quarterback rating of 212.9, which he's earned by completing better than 80 percent of his passes for a 19-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. If the Bears want to climb into the top few teams though, they'll have to get more consistent on defense. Baylor is certainly on that cusp, and gets a chance to make a statement this week against another team scrapping to pull itself into the top part of the standings.

Last Time Out: W 49-26 vs. Iowa State

Next Time Out: at Texas A&M

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