Big 12 Power Rankings, Week 14, Part One

With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State vying for the top spot in the Big 12, Saturday's game can only be described by one word: Bedlam.

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

Not only have the Cowboys had two weeks to prepare for this week's Bedlam game, they've actually had two weeks — plus a day — to stew on their last contest, a double-overtime loss that, as it stands right now, knocked the Cowboys from national title contention. Could Oklahoma State get back into that discussion? Sure. But to do so, they'll have to get a statement win and leave no doubt on Saturday. Given the history of the rivalry, that might be a tall order.

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

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Oklahoma

2) Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2)

The Sooners enter Saturday's game with an outside shot at a BCS game with a win. But it has to be disappointing, given that Oklahoma could have been playing for a national championship berth had the Sooners not made colossal mistakes in losses to Texas Tech and Baylor. Still, with Oklahoma's history in the Bedlam game, the Sooners will probably show up well on Saturday.

Last Time Out: W 26-6 vs. Iowa State

Next Time Out: Saturday at Oklahoma State

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

Like the Sooners, the Wildcats could have an extreme outside shot at a BCS bowl on Saturday. But even if they don't get there, the Cotton Bowl would be a nice consolation prize. The Wildcats were just a few plays from 6-6 this year, but they just as easily could have only had one loss with one more play in the Oklahoma State game. But before people get into the ifs and buts, the Wildcats need to take care of a confident Iowa State team.

Last Time Out: W 17-13 at Texas

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Iowa State

4) Texas (7-4, 4-4)

Just like Kansas State, it's easy to point at the Longhorn schedule and find multiple games they could have won … while also finding contests that could have gone the other way. The Longhorns' win over Texas A&M on Thanksgiving was an example of the latter, but thanks to a collection of big plays, Texas was able to pull out the game at the end. Now, the Longhorns will have a shot at eight regular season wins if they can get by an explosive Baylor offense.

Last Time Out: W 27-25 at Texas A&M

Next Time Out: Saturday at Baylor

5) Baylor (8-3, 5-3)

Choosing the better team between Texas and Baylor was a difficult choice, but at least we'll get a quick answer. The Longhorns have been more consistent over the course of the season, and have only really been out of one game — the Oklahoma contest, which came before they hit their stride. Baylor is on a four-game winning streak, but was housed by Oklahoma State and Texas A&M in those contests. Baylor needs to win not just to get to nine victories, but also for Robert Griffin III to have a chance at the Heisman Trophy.

Last Time Out: W 66-42 vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Texas

Horns Digest Top Stories