Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 10, Part One

There's a bit of movement near the top, as the conference race starts to shape up.

1) Oklahoma State (8-0 overall, 5-0 Big 12)

The word on the Cowboys all season has been that they have the offense to score with anybody, and the defense to allow teams to keep up with them. And the final stats against Baylor would seem to bear that out as well, except that the Bears put up most of their numbers once the game was already decided, as Oklahoma State led 49-3 through three quarters. This is a team that is getting better by the week, but there's still some fear that the Cowboys can be run on. Will it come back to bite them this week? Probably not.

Last Time Out: W 59-24 vs. Baylor

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Kansas State

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

The Sooners responded to their first loss with gusto, taking the previously undefeated Wildcats out behind the woodshed in Manhatttan. When Landry Jones is on, he's awfully tough, and he passed for more than 500 yards against the Wildcats. Now Oklahoma gets to host a Texas A&M team that has been up-and-down, but one that has typically struggled in Norman. A&M has the talent to pull off the upset, but the Sooners should be revved up to protect their home field after what happened last time.

Last Time Out: W 58-17 at Kansas State

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas A&M

3) Texas (5-2, 2-2)

How good are the Longhorns? We might have a better idea after Saturday, when they play a Texas Tech team that beat Oklahoma in Norman. Then again, knowing how bipolar Tech is, we still might know. Texas, meanwhile, appears to be gaining some consistency, especially after finding the Longhorns' running game the past two weeks. Look for the Longhorns to go over 200 yards on the ground yet again, and if Texas can carry that kind of momentum through, there isn't a team on the schedule the Longhorns can't beat.

Last Time Out: W 43-0 vs. Kansas

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas Tech

4) Kansas State (7-1, 4-1)

The Wildcats saw their undefeated season ended harshly by the Sooners, And it should be noted that the Wildcats rang up their record by not playing any of the top teams in the league. Out of the top five teams in this Power Ranking, the Wildcats hadn't played any until Oklahoma last week. Now, they will have to play at Oklahoma State, facing another unfriendly quarterback in Brandon Weeden who could be the latest quarterback to torch what has been a poor secondary.

Last Time Out: L 58-17 vs. Oklahoma

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma State

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

The Aggies are one of the most frustrating teams to try and gauge. On one hand, few teams in the league can equal their talent, and they can really show out when they're on. On the other hand, as their home loss to Missouri showed this past week, the Aggies can be nipped by just about anybody on the schedule as well. Now, which A&M team will show up at Oklahoma? The one that manhandled Oklahoma State for a half and swatted Baylor? Or the one that has melted down the stretch of several key games. Who knows?

Last Time Out: L 38-31 (OT) vs. Missouri

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma

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