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Oklahoma Sooners Football - Big 12 Football Power Rankings: Things are complicated at the top

Would you put Iowa State at the top of the heap in the Big 12 after wins over Oklahoma and TCU?

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Alright, I’m not going to lie to y’all — this wasn’t exactly the easiest edition of the power rankings to put together.

“Why did this come out on Thursday instead of Monday or Tuesday like it usually does?” you may or may not have cared enough to ask. Well, because TCU had to go and complicate things by losing to Iowa State by a score of 14-7. Seriously... 14-7? I mean, good defense is refreshing in the Big 12 and all, but never go full-Big Ten, guys. That’s just boring.

Anyway, my criteria usually mirrors the criteria that ESPN personalities seem to utilize when debating the College Football Playoff rankings. I rank the teams based on how good I think they are, not necessarily based on what they’ve accomplished. The ESPN talking heads are completely off for taking this approach when discussing the CFP, but this is just a silly thing that I like to do for fun each week.

Here’s how I’d rank these teams:

  1. Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) - Yep, this team has all sorts of problems on the defensive side of the ball, but a lot of those issues seem to be much less sever when the Sooners utilize a 4-3. Will they keep rolling with it? If they continue to use it and it works out for them, I wouldn’t pick any other team to beat Oklahoma. That’s a big “if”, however. Do they deserve to be here? Perhaps not, but they’re as likely to win out as anyone else.
  2. Oklahoma State (7-1, 4-1) - Oklahoma’s a just a shade better on offense, while Oklahoma State is a bit better on defense at the moment. One can definitely argue that the Oklahoma schools are sort of on equal footing this season.
  3. TCU (7-1, 4-1) - Well, well, well —Bad Kenny Hill” finally showed up on Saturday and gave TCU its first L of the season in Ames. It was only a matter of time, honestly. However, TCU still has the best defense in the conference and is still very likely to reach double-digit wins.
  4. Iowa State (6-2, 4-1) - Iowa State did beat Oklahoma in Norman on Oct. 7, but pretty much everything had to go wrong in order for it to happen. Having said that, this team has proven not to be a mere fluke, as the Cyclones have shown of some impressive defense since pulling off that 31-point upset. Additionally, Kyle Kempt has clearly been a revelation at quarterback. We’ll see if they can avoid the letdown this weekend in Morgantown following a huge W over at top-10 team.
  5. West Virginia (5-3, 3-2) - West Virginia has a very bad habit of laying an egg whenever a big game takes place in Morgantown. They were terrible against Oklahoma State. However, they’ve shown they’re capable of beating anyone in the conference, so I wouldn’t count them out of the conference title race just yet. A lot would have to happen with TCU and Oklahoma State down the stretch, but you never know.
  6. Texas (4-4, 3-2) - UT’s remaining schedule: at TCU, Kansas, at West Virginia, Texas Tech. If the defense plays like it’s capable of playing against TCU, it could potentially springboard them to an 8-4 regular season. But will the QB play be good enough to get it done? I doubt it.
  7. Texas Tech (4-4, 1-4) - Kliff Kingsbury probably can’t afford another losing season, so this week’s game against Kansas State in Lubbock will be pretty crucial. They should beat Baylor the following week, but Charlie Brewer might give the Bears a shot in that one.
  8. Kansas State (4-4, 2-3) - Texas Tech lost and KSU won, so why did I switch these two. Well, it’s starting to really look like Alex Delton could be the guy for the remainder of the regular season, which definitely brings them down a notch.
  9. Baylor (0-8, 0-5) - Baylor and Kansas are playing in the Toilet Bowl this week. Party like it’s 2002!
  10. Kansas (1-7, 0-5) - As I just referenced, 2002 was the last year in which Baylor-Kansas was truly the Big 12’s Toilet Bowl. Baylor won that game 35-32 in Waco, but the ‘Hawks have them in Lawrence this time. Watch out, Baylor!

Week 10 Schedule

Baylor at Kansas - 11 a.m. CT (FSN)

Kansas State at Texas Tech - 11 a.m. CT (FS1)

Iowa State at West Virginia - 2:30 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - 3:00 CT (FS1)

Texas at TCU - 6:15 PM CT (ESPN)

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