Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Nine, Part One

This week saw multiple changes in the Big 12 Power Rankings. But that might not be the case next week. In something that might be unparalleled, the higher-ranked team in the LonghornDigest.com Big 12 Power Rankings is the home team in every game. And with the exception of Oklahoma at Kansas State, each of the host teams are multiple spots ahead of the lower-tier teams they're playing.

1) Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0)

The Cowboys take the top spot in the polls for the first time this year, on the strength of a double-digit road victory — the Cowboys' third road win already in conference play — and Oklahoma's loss. While Oklahoma State powered through some adversity against Missouri, the Cowboy run defense continues to struggle. That probably won't hurt them in a big matchup with Baylor Saturday, but could sting them with a team like Kansas State on the horizon. Stay tuned.


Last Time Out: W 45-24 at Missouri

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Baylor



2) Kansas State (7-0, 4-0)

Another game, another win, and this one had some breathing room. The Wildcats weren't ever seriously challenged in keeping the Governor's Cup in Manhattan, and did their part to make sure College Gameday came to town. Unfortunately, Oklahoma didn't hold up its end of the deal and Gameday went to Stanford-USC instead, prompting an apology of sorts from Chris Fowler. This isn't a flashy team, but it's a prepared one, and it could very well beat an Oklahoma team that is high on talent but low on recent performances.


Last Time Out: W 59-21 at Kansas

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Oklahoma



3) Oklahoma (6-1, 3-1)

I toggled with dropping the Sooners even further. They've had two consecutive poor performances, and Texas Tech came in and won in Norman. So the Sooners could have been below the Red Raiders. But 1) the Sooners were without several key players; 2) the game seemed a bit fluky in nature; and 3) if I dropped the Sooners below Tech, they would have had to go below A&M as well. Fifth is too low to drop a team for one loss in seven contests, especially when that team has been the league's consensus No. 1 all year. The Sooners better fix what's ailing them, as they now have to travel to play at undefeated Kansas State.


Last Time Out: L 41-38 vs. Texas Tech

Next Time Out: Saturday at Kansas State



4) Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1)

It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, the Aggies were a punchline in the Big 12 for their late collapses. Yet here A&M sits with just one Big 12 loss through four games — to the No. 1 Cowboys — and the Aggies' stock seems to be rising. Ryan Tannehill was just OK against Iowa State, but when Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray combine to run for 267 yards at 6.8 yards per carry, you don't have to be great. The Aggies did settle twice for field goals in the red zone, but it's hard to be too picky about a game that A&M led by at least two scores from the 1:00 mark in the second quarter on.


Last Time Out: W 33-17 at Iowa State

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Missouri



5) Texas Tech (5-2, 2-2)

This wasn't mentioned by most as a storyline after the upset of Oklahoma, but the Texas Tech offensive line was sensational. Seth Doege seemed to have all day to pass on most downs, and he made the most of his opportunities, hitting 63.5 percent of his passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns. In fact, 12 Red Raiders caught passes, including Doege himself, who caught an 11-yard pass on a throwback. After building a 31-7 lead just after halftime, the Red Raiders had to scrap and claw to hold onto the winning margin. Now they'll be able to hit bowl eligibility should they beat a reeling Iowa State team Saturday.


Last Time Out: W 41-38 at Oklahoma

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Iowa State


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