Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 13, Part One

Both of the top teams in the league lost last week, but were far enough ahead to keep their spots. The real story could be just below Kansas State, where a number of schools could contend for spots four through eight.

1) Oklahoma State (10-1 overall, 7-1 Big 12)

The Cowboys were exactly where they wanted to be: up big and on their way to an undefeated record heading into Bedlam. And then the wheels fell off. Iowa State is typically good for one upset a year, and this one was a doozy. While other one-loss teams were jockeying for a shot at the national title, the Cowboys' loss likely comes too late for them to make up enough ground to get back into the national title hunt. We warned about Brandon Weeden's tendency to be loose with the ball, and his three interceptions were killers. Now the Cowboys get a week to seethe before hosting the Sooners.


Last Time Out: L 37-31 (2OT) at Iowa State

Next Time Out: Oklahoma (Dec. 3)



2) Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2)

This seems to be a pattern in recent years for the Sooners, lose a game they shouldn't early, fight back until there's a chance to make a play at the national title and then lose another one. And so the Sooners did, products of their own greed. Baylor seemed perfectly content to take the game into overtime, but Oklahoma, getting greedy, called timeout. Enter the Baylor passing game, and before you could say Robert Griffin III, Oklahoma was headed back to Norman with a season-crushing loss. Now the Sooners will get to host the Iowa State team that ended Oklahoma State's chances before heading to Stillwater for Bedlam. A potential BCS game is still on the table.


Last Time Out: L 45-38 at Baylor

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Iowa State



3) Kansas State (9-2, 6-2)

The Wildcats seem to keep getting just enough production to win. Collin Klein was held to just four yards rushing, but made a couple of key passes, while two Wildcat interceptions became 10 Kansas State points. And that was all the Wildcats needed, despite losing the yardage battle by nearly 200 yards. Kansas State isn't always pretty, and had a few plays gone differently this season, they could have been as low as the No. 8 or No. 9 spot. Instead, Kansas State has just one game left and an outside shot at a BCS bowl if a few teams — including Oklahoma — lose in front of them.


Last Time Out: W 17-13 at Texas

Next Time Out: Iowa State (Dec. 3)



4) Texas (6-4, 3-4)

This is where confusion kicks in. It's almost impossible to tell the next three or so teams apart. At this point, we'll give the nod to the Longhorns, who have the best defense of the three. Texas has come alive on that side of the ball, and if the Longhorns can continue to get a spark from quarterback Case McCoy, who nearly led the Longhorns back against Kansas State, Texas is fully capable of winning its last two games to get to 8-4. With the sheer amount of youth on the team, that would have to be considered a major positive heading into next season.


Last Time Out: L 17-13 vs. Kansas State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Texas A&M



5) Texas A&M (6-5, 4-4)

How in the world do you judge the Aggies? On one hand, they appear to be the anti-Kansas State. Both team have been involved in a cavalcade of close games, only the Wildcats won their contests while the Aggies found ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory several times, including two overtime defeats. With just one game left, the Aggies can't repair a season that started with top-10 and potential national title hopes. But they can still win their last meeting with the rival Longhorns, and in so doing, give themselves a shot at eight wins with a victory in a bowl. And that's still something.


Last Time Out: W 61-7 vs. Kansas

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas


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