Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 13, Part Two

In the second part of this week's Big 12 Power Rankings, Baylor tries to shoot up into the league's upper tier.

6) Baylor (7-3, 4-3)

The Bears always were dangerous because of their ability to hang points in bunches. But it remained to be seen whether their offense translated against top competition, with the way Baylor was handled by Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Until last Saturday, while Robert Griffin III seemingly cemented his spot in the Heisman race by tossing a long touchdown pass and helping Baylor beat Oklahoma for the first time in school history. That's not a misprint. Kansas State's Collin Klein might be college football's Most Valuable Player, but it's hard to find a better one than the quarterback suiting up in Waco.

Last Time Out: W 45-38 vs. Oklahoma

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

7) Missouri (6-5, 4-4)

The Tigers appear to have found a bit of a rhythm after a rough start, and have rebounded to a .500 conference record after wins over Texas and Texas Tech in consecutive weeks. Now, the Tigers, minus injured back Henry Josey, will travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on rival Kansas. Texas-Texas A&M may get more press, but the death — at least for a few years — of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry is also a pretty big deal, as it's one of the longest-played rivalries in the country. Win, and the Tigers will have a chance to build some more momentum before heading into the SEC.

Last Time Out: W 31-27 vs. Texas Tech

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

8) Iowa State (6-4, 3-4)

Two years ago, it was Nebraska. Last year, Iowa State knocked off Texas in Austin. But this year's upset was even bigger, with the Cyclones taking out the nation's No. 2 team and one that seemed destined to play one game — Bedlam — for its right to play in the BCS National Championship Game. But the Cowboys had two games on the schedule, and the Cyclones, who trailed early, bit back and bit hard. Now, Iowa State is bowl eligible and is heading into Norman to face arguably the league's second-best team. Are two upsets on hand this year?

Last Time Out: W 37-31 (2OT) vs. Oklahoma State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma

9) Texas Tech (5-6, 2-6)

The Red Raiders have come close in several contests, only to fall short, as they did against Missouri, and earlier this year against Kansas State. Now, Texas Tech has one game to muck up the Big 12's bowl situation, a winnable contest against Baylor at Cowboys Stadium. Expect plenty of fireworks, as both offenses are capable of hanging quick bunches on the scoreboards. It will be tough for the Red Raiders to get in with a 3-6 conference record, but with how tight the Big 12 is, anything can happen.

Last Time Out: L 31-27 at Missouri

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas

10) Kansas (2-9, 0-8)

Two weeks ago, the Jayhawks lost a heart-breaker to Baylor. Last week, they simply decided to remove all doubt, getting pounced on from the outset and pummeled by Texas A&M. The Jayhawks have been a form of up-and-down this year. They haven't truly been up (as defined by winning games), though they've been competitive against several teams. And then there were efforts like last Saturday, when Kansas has been outclassed from the outset. Beating Missouri might seem like a gross unlikelihood, but if the former Kansas team can show up, the Jayhawks will at least have a chance.

Last Time Out: L 61-7 at Texas A&M

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

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