Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Eight, Part Two

Baylor and Missouri lead the second group of teams, with each looking to break into the league's top tier.

6) Baylor (4-2, 1-2)

For the Bears, their introduction into conference season has come as somewhat of a shot to the stomach. A tough one-point loss at Kansas State came as a shock, one somewhat covered up a week later by a 23-point win over Iowa State. But last Saturday's game came as a stock reading of sorts. Whereas A&M's stock was low after two fourth-quarter implosions early, the Aggies' stock has shot back up. The Bears are going the other way. And while they have a week to sit on it, next week's game against Oklahoma State looms large.

Last Time Out: L 55-28 at Texas A&M

Next Time Out: at Oklahoma State (Oct. 29)

7) Missouri (3-3, 1-2 Big 12)

The Tigers were able to bounce back a bit with a big win over Iowa State last week. Any confidence built from that game will be needed this week, with the Tigers having a shot at a statement win against the Cowboys. The Tigers have the talent to compete with the top 3-4 teams in the league. But they need to put it all together. Maybe that starts this week. If the Tigers are going to make a run toward their expected place in the standings, they'll have to pull out a win over the top teams at some point.

Last Time Out: W 52-17 vs. Iowa State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma State

8) Texas Tech (4-2, 1-2)

Turnovers and mistakes doomed the Red Raiders against the Wildcats in a winnable contest. In a perfect display of the game's dichotomy, Seth Doege completed 68 percent of his passes for 461 yards. But he also threw three interceptions to just one touchdown, with one of those interceptions returned for an early Kansas State touchdown. The Red Raiders also gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and struggled to stop the Kansas State running game. Now, Tech has to travel to take on the league's best team in Oklahoma, one looking to rebound after a lackluster performance a week ago.

Last Time Out: L 41-34 vs. Kansas State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma

9) Iowa State (3-3, 0-3)

The Cyclones were 3-0 in non-conference play, but haven't won since the Big 12 kicked off. What's worse, none of their three contests have been close, with the latest loss, a 35-point defeat, coming at Missouri. The Cyclones don't appear to have a great shot this week either with red-hot Texas A&M coming to town. It's starting to look like the Cyclones might not have another winnable game on the schedule until they face Kansas later in the year, and who knows who would be favored in that one?

Last Time Out: L 52-17 at Missouri

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas A&M

10) Kansas (2-4, 0-3)

Kansas was able to take plenty of positives out of last week's game, a rarity for a 30-point loss. But the defense played much better, and actually had Kansas within two scores in the fourth quarter before the defense wore down. On the other hand, the offense that had been effective was totally shut down in the second half. Kansas will need both of those parts to have any chance at beating Kansas State on Saturday.

Last Time Out: L 47-17 vs. Oklahoma

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Kansas State

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