Big 12 football power rankings: Who belongs at number two?

With Baylor kicking ass and taking names for the seventh consecutive week, there should be no debate on them being at the top of the Big 12. But what about the logjam that is teams two through five after last Saturday?

Oct 26, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jameon Lewis (4) attempts to break a tackle by Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Fred Tiller (3) during the third quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma won 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech went down against Oklahoma in a terrific, 38-30 thriller in Norman. They shouldn’t be dropped majorly, but the Sooners deserve to be rewarded. Oklahoma State and Texas whooped up on their inferior opponents, Iowa State and TCU, respectively.

There’s a humongous separation between the top five teams and the bottom five teams, as I’ve brought up before last week. It’s almost hard enough to separate the bottom five, but that’s not near as important as who belongs as the second-best team in the conference.

Right now I think Oklahoma deserves it. Between them and the Cowboys, losing against a much improved Texas team is better than dropping a game against West Virginia, who Kansas State just throttled. But despite some issues at quarterback, the Cowboys may have found a running game in Desmond Roland that puts them ahead of the air raid attack in Lubbock.

Kansas State’s stock is rising as they finally break through with a Big 12 win, but the remaining teams are all sinking ships that will doubtfully be heading to a bowl at the end of the year.

Here are the Big 12 rankings for week 10:

  1. Baylor Bears (7-0, 4-0) – BYE
  2. Oklahoma Sooners (7-1, 4-1) – BYE
  3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-1, 3-1) – at Texas Tech
  4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-1, 4-1) – vs Oklahoma State
  5. Texas Longhorns (5-2, 4-0) – vs Kansas
  6. Kansas State Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) – vs Iowa State
  7. TCU Horned Frogs (3-5, 1-4) – vs West Virginia
  8. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-5, 1-4) – at TCU
  9. Kansas Jayhawks (2-5, 0-4) – at Texas
  10. Iowa State Cyclones (1-6, 0-4) – at Kansas State

Topics: Big 12, Football, Oklahoma Sooners

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