Big 12 Power Rankings, Week 14, Part Two

Not only did Texas A&M's loss to Texas cost it a spot in the league's top half, but the Aggies also lost a spot in the bottom half.

6) Missouri (7-5 overall, 5-4 Big 12)

The Tigers ended their season with a rivalry win, however unimpressive, against Kansas. Lost in the talk about the ending of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry for the foreseeable future is the fact that Missouri-Kansas was actually played more often, and was a much closer rivalry. In fact, Missouri's win means that the Tigers won the series by just one contest. That's about as even as you can get.

Last Time Out: W 24-10 vs. Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Next Time Out: Finished

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

In a way, the Aggies' loss in the season finale, while heartbreaking, summed up A&M's entire season. Texas A&M has plenty of talent, but something was missing that kept the Aggies from reaching their potential. The A&M administration felt that the something missing was coaching, firing Mike Sherman about a week later. Now A&M will pursue hot coaching candidate Kevin Sumlin to head up the Aggie efforts heading into the SEC.

Last Time Out: L 27-25 vs. Texas

Next Time Out: Finished

8) Iowa State (6-5, 3-5)

While one coach was fired for going 6-6, Paul Rhoads is listed as an up-and-coming coach for achieving the same feat. But perspective is obviously needed. It's infinitely tougher to win at Iowa State than at Texas A&M, and Sherman had a lot more talent to deal with. And it has to say something that Iowa State is arguably the most consistent Big 12 team in terms of the effort the players put out week-in and week-out. That has to count for something.

Last Time Out: L 26-6 at Oklahoma

Next Time Out: Saturday at Kansas State

9) Texas Tech (5-7, 2-7)

The Red Raiders' loss to Baylor last weekend was a microcosm of Texas Tech's season-long failings. All year, Tech was a dangerous squad because of its offense. And all year, the Red Raider defense made Tech considerably less dangerous. And so Tech ends its bowl-eligible streak. Tommy Tuberville isn't in trouble yet, but the Red Raiders will have to bounce back next year to keep his seat from warming up.

Last Time Out: L 66-42 vs. Baylor at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington

Next Time Out: Finished

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

One drive summed up the Jayhawks' season. Against Missouri, Kansas moved the ball down the field using the Wildcat, only to go away from the formation and have a drive stall out. It raise the following questions: Why didn't the Wildcat come out earlier, and why didn't the Jayhawks continue to use it? Both are coaching questions, which makes it easier to understand why Kansas pulled the plug on Turner Gill after just two seasons that produced one Big 12 win. Look for Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora to be an option in Lawrence.

Last Time Out: L 24-10 vs. Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Next Time Out: Finished

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