Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Nine, Part Two

It's hard to lose ground when you're on a bye week, but that's exactly what Texas did this past week, thanks to a big win by Texas Tech.

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

The Longhorns had two weeks to sit on their loss to Oklahoma State, and two points probably resonated in those team meetings. First, Texas shouldn't have gone away from running the ball after rushing for more than 200 yards through three quarters of play. And second, the Longhorns can't allow big plays in the running game. Those two factors were the difference between a "we've arrived" moment and a "we still have a lot of work to do" moment. Texas will now go back to trying to find a quarterback, with David Ash, who took every quarterback snap against Oklahoma State, back in a dead heat with Case McCoy.

Last Time Out: L 38-26 vs. Oklahoma State (Oct. 15)

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Kansas

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

The Bears have the offense to score with anybody in the country. Unfortunately, they also have a defense that ensures the other team can score with anybody in the country. Their last time out, the Bears were manhandled by a rising Texas A&M team in a loss that immediately took the luster from their first conference win of the year, against Iowa State. Now comes Oklahoma State. If Baylor wants to move up, it will need to win some of these games to do so. Finding a defense to match the offense would be a great start, if unrealistic.

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

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma State

8) Missouri (3-4, 1-3)

It sounds incredibly strange to say it, but the Tigers seem to be in trouble when they have to throw the ball. If you asked Missouri before the game whether the Tigers would like their chances after rushing for just under 250 yards, the coaches probably would have drooled. Instead, Missouri lost by 21, with quarterback James Franklin completing under 52 percent of his passes and throwing three interceptions. That Missouri, typically a pass-happy spread team, might boast an All-Big 12 running back in Henry Josey is a surprise. That the Tigers aren't that dangerous in the passing game is an even bigger one.

Last Time Out: L 45-24 vs. Oklahoma State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Texas A&M

9) Iowa State (3-4, 0-4)

The Cyclones continued their ominous string of double-digit losses in conference play, falling by 16 to Texas A&M. The result wasn't as bad as in other weeks, but it's certainly a disappointing start for a team that entered conference play 3-0 and hasn't sniffed a win since. It's also a disappointing start for quarterback Steele Jantz, considered a revelation in non-conference play by leading a pair of comeback victories. He was replaced Saturday after going 0-for-4 with an interception. Freshman Jared Barnett stepped in and went just 16-for-36 for 180 yards. The Cyclones are likely in trouble this weekend again, and could wind up winless heading into a later showdown with Kansas.

Last Time Out: L 33-17 vs. Texas A&M

Next Time Out: Saturday at Texas Tech

10) Kansas (2-5, 0-4)

The scoreline doesn't reflect it, but a pair of kickoffs just might have cost Kansas a shot at last weekend's game against Kansas State. After scoring a touchdown just before halftime, the Jayhawks pulled to within two touchdowns and appeared to have all the momentum. Instead, they pooch kicked the kickoff, giving the Wildcats good enough field position that they easily converted it into a momentum-stealing field goal before half. Then, to start the second half, Kansas kicked off again, and Tyler Lockett returned it for a touchdown. Just like that, a 28-14 game turned into a 38-14 one, and there was no looking back. Now Kansas finds itself in must-win situations the next few weeks, or head coach Turner Gill might be without a job.

Last Time Out: L 59-21 vs. Kansas State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Texas

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