6) Texas Tech (5-3 overall, 2-3 Big 12)
Like Texas A&M, Texas Tech is just hard to figure out. Are the Red Raiders the team that beat Oklahoma in Norman? Are they the team that was blown out by Iowa State and got down 20-0 to Kansas? Saturday's game against Texas could be a nice measuring stick. Of course, at the rate the Red Raiders' season is going, even a great effort could be followed by another gaffe. After all, even the Red Raiders offense — the one that had scored at least 34 points in every game this season — failed to show up against Iowa State, and that game was in Lubbock.
Last Time Out: L 41-7 vs. Iowa State
Next Time Out: Saturday at Texas
7) Missouri (4-4, 2-3)
Oh, hi there Missouri. The Tigers have been a huge disappointment this season, rarely looking like the team that was expected to be a Big 12 darkhorse candidate by a lot of people. And then last week happened. True, Texas A&M has been up-and-down. But Missouri needed a Big 12 win over somebody not named Iowa State, and the Tigers got just that by going on the road into a hostile environment, overcoming some adversity and pulling out the victory. Up next is a winnable game against Baylor.
Last Time Out: W 38-31 (OT) at Texas A&M
Next Time Out: Saturday at Baylor
8) Baylor (4-3, 1-3)
The Bears went up against another top-tier team last week, and came out with another blowout loss. And while most Baylor losses can be pinpointed on the defense, the offense hardly held up its end of the bargain by putting up three points in the first three quarters. As long as you have Robert Griffin III, you're a dangerous team. But at some point you need to make the transition from dangerous to winning. The Bears have a chance to do just that this week in what could be a great game against Missouri in Waco.
Last Time Out: L 59-24 at Oklahoma State
Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Missouri
9) Iowa State (4-4, 1-4)
Where in the world did that come from? At no point this season did Iowa State appear to have the defense to shut down a top tier passing attack. And at no point in conference play did the Cyclones appear to have the offense to put up 40-plus on anybody. Yet the Cyclones did exactly that in beating Texas Tech 41-7. Now Iowa State gets cellar-dweller Kansas in Ames for a chance to make it two in a row and keep the Cyclones' bowl hopes alive.
Last Time Out: W 41-7 at Texas Tech
Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Kansas
10) Kansas (2-6, 0-5)
The Jayhawks reached a new level of struggles last week in putting up less than 50 offensive yards against the Longhorns. The Jayhawks' defensive woes also continued, with Kansas allowing more than 400 yards on the ground. With the Cyclones' win last week, it's looking more and more like a winless conference season for the Jayhawks, who desperately need to pull one out in Ames, both for confidence and potentially to help keep Turner Gill's job. There is a bit of good news. Kansas has already played five of the top six teams, and faces three of the bottom teams in their final four games.
Last Time Out: L 43-0 at Texas
Next Time Out: Saturday at Iowa State