Big 12 football power rankings: Texas Tech stumbles after embarrassing loss


Not much movement in the Big 12 football power rankings this week except for Texas Tech, who now sits right next to Kansas at the bottom of the totem pole.

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1. (4)Oklahoma Sooners (LW: 1 — Next: at West Virginia)

Tennessee had signs of life throughout the first half, but by and large, Oklahoma had this one in the bag and cruised to another non-conference home victory. However, the teams that OU have faced barely tested them, and they can’t take the game in Morgantown lightly considering how great Clint Trickett has been playing.

2. (7)Baylor Bears (LW: 2 — Next: BYE)

No problems on the road at Buffalo on a Friday night. The defense looks absolutely stout and Bryce Petty was great completing two-thirds of his 34 pass attempts for 416 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no picks. Good thing Iowa State has two weeks to prepare.

3. (20)Kansas State Wildcats (LW: 3 — Next: vs Auburn)

For the third straight week, Kansas State hasn’t moved an inch in the AP top 25. But they could be on the fringe of the college football playoff with a win over top 5 Auburn.

4. (25)Oklahoma State Cowboys (LW: 4 — Next: BYE)

The Cowboys have broken into the top 25 after smacking around a decent Larry Coker led UTSA squad in Conference USA. Similar to Kansas State, they’ll have a BYE this week and then play a Thursday night game. Dual threat athlete Tyreek Hill has cooled off since his debut, but Desmond Roland continues to look very strong as the team’s leading running back.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers (LW: 5 — Next: vs Oklahoma)

How great has Clint Trickett been so far? This team has already passed many’s expectations especially on the offensive end. The defense may be a little weak, and special teams was a complete disaster in Maryland, but this team has a chance to win any Big 12 game with that offense.

6. TCU Horned Frogs (LW: 6 — Next: BYE)

Like many others, it’s hard to say how good TCU is because they haven’t competed against anyone — Minnesota was beyond terrible on Saturday.  Trevone Boykin needs to pass more efficiently, but he had nearly 100 yards himself on the ground.

7. Texas Longhorns (LW: 8 — Next: BYE)

Good rebound by Texas, who nearly came away from the game against UCLA victorious. Tyrone Swoops has a ways to go at quarterback and the offense could be very ugly has they will have to rely on the run, but the potential is there.

8. Iowa State Cyclones (LW: 9 — Next: BYE)

What a great first victory for the Cyclones as they defeat their in-state rivals again. The win will hopefully jump start their season, but it won’t be easy with the Baylor Bears coming in a few weeks from now.

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (LW: 7 — Next: BYE)

This team has no defense whatsoever. I knew the season was going to be rough for Texas Tech, but I didn’t expect the nightmare of giving up 438 rushing yards to the SEC’s second-worst team. There’s no way this team will be sniffing a bowl game if that defense can’t improve.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (LW: 10 — Next: vs Central Michigan)

Get comfortable, Charlie Weis and company. You’ll be here for a while.