Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Eight, Part One

Oklahoma keeps the top spot after beating Kansas, while Oklahoma State remains hot on the Sooners' heels.

1) Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)

The Sooners found themselves in a two-score game through three quarters against Kansas before pulling away late. It was a combination of Oklahoma sleep-walking a bit and Kansas putting out its best defensive effort of the season. It's hard to read too much into it. The Sooner defense, particularly in the second half, was outstanding against a team that had some offensive weapons, and Ryan Broyles set the all-time receptions mark. Now Oklahoma returns home to host a Texas Tech team that has given scares to two of the league's better teams in Kansas State and Texas A&M.

Last Time Out: W 47-17 at Kansas

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

2) Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0)

The Cowboys claimed their second big road win in the state of Texas, defeating the Longhorns by two scores despite a below-average performance from Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. The game did serve as an emergence of sorts for running back Jeremy Smith, who ran for touchdowns of 30 and 74 yards, while Justin Gilbert continued his run as one of the Big 12's top returners by taking a kickoff back for a score. Up next is another road test, this one against a Missouri team desperate for a big win.

Last Time Out: W 38-26 at Texas

Next Time Out: Saturday at Missouri

3) Kansas State (6-0, 2-0)

The Wildcats were out-gained by 240 yards, but came out with another upset of sorts. And the result caused the same tired line that has been use about the Wildcats for the past two years: that Kansas State is winning with smoke and mirrors. But since when has running the ball and not making mistakes been smoke and mirrors? The Wildcats are also exceptional on special teams, and while their undefeated run might not last much longer, with rival Kansas and then Oklahoma on the horizon, it's worth appreciating the current one for what it is: darn good football.

Last Time Out: W 41-34 vs. Texas Tech

Next Time Out: Saturday at Kansas

4) Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1)

The Aggies appear to have found their stride, especially offensively, after running roughshod over a good Baylor team. Ryan Tannehill is starting to find targets with more regularity, and the Aggies are showing infinitely more fight late in games. After Baylor closed to within six at 34-28 in the third, it took all of 1:12 for Texas A&M to respond with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill to Ryan Swope. A&M tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Now the Aggies will have a chance to move to 3-1 with a game against the struggling Cyclones.

Last Time Out: W 55-28 vs. Baylor

Next Time Out: Saturday at Iowa State

5) Texas (4-2, 1-2)

After a rough game against Oklahoma, Texas showed much better against the league's second-best team. This one came down to big plays. More specifically, it came down to Oklahoma State making them. Considering many coaches consider 15-yard plays "explosive", four of the Cowboys' five touchdowns were on explosive plays. Texas did show an improved ability to run the ball, which should come in handy the rest of the season when protecting the Longhorns' young quarterbacks.

Last Time Out: L 38-26 vs. Oklahoma State

Next Time Out: vs. Kansas (Oct. 29)

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