Big 12 football power rankings: Does Oklahoma belong over Kansas State?


A couple of changes after Week 13 of the college football season. Oklahoma moves ahead of Kansas State, and Texas Tech is the best out of the garbage at the bottom.

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1. TCU Horned Frogs (6-1, 9-1) — LW: 1

They were off last week, but they retain the top spot in the conference.

2. Baylor Bears (6-1, 9-1) — LW: 2

Baylor cruised past Oklahoma State like most teams in the Big 12 have lately. The 49-28 final doesn’t reflect how lopsided the game really was. The Bears are obviously trying to get style points to win over the College Football Playoff, but it just has to hope that there’s no letdown for them or Kansas State against bad opponents next week leading up to the season finale vs. the Wildcats

3. Oklahoma Sooners (5-3, 8-3) — LW 4

Samaje Perine single-handedly boosts the Sooners up over Kansas State. Things have looked a lot better since getting rocked for a second straight year against Baylor, and this team is better than the record indicates. It’s impressive because it’s been happening without Trevor Knight.

4. Kansas State Wildcats (6-1, 8-2) — LW: 3

Has the offense run out of steam in the last couple weeks? They had to hold on against West Virginia after having a 17-3 lead at halftime, but it was still a good win on the road. There’s still a chance to win the Big 12 and get into a great bowl game with a win over Baylor, but very doubtful that they’ll get into the CFP.

5. Texas Longhorns (5-3, 6-5) — LW: 5

Didn’t play last week as they get ready for their Thanksgiving showdown against TCU and play spoiler.

Nov 8, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed (88) sacks West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Clint Trickett (9) for a safety during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat West Virginia 33-16. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

6. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-4, 6-5) — LW: 6

Three straight losses for the Mountaineers and all of a sudden they are one loss away from finishing just 6-6. WVU feels a lot better than that, and it’s because they just lost to TCU by one, KSU by six, and had a tough road game against a suddenly good Texas team.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-6, 4-7) — LW: 9

You could really juggle the next three teams any way you want them. Texas Tech at least has a good offense out of the trio.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-5, 5-6) — LW: 8

Remember when they almost knocked off Florida State earlier this year? Good times.

9. Kansas Jayhawks (1-7, 3-8) — LW: 7

Giving up over 400 rushing yards to one guy is embarrassing, and that’s coming from somebody that covers Iowa State football.

10. Iowa State Cyclones (0-7, 2-8) — LW: 10

Improvement was made from embarrassing losses to Oklahoma and especially Kansas, but they still can’t win a close game consistently. With upcoming games against a hungry West Virginia team and a TCU that could still be in the CFP mix, it’s certainly looking like Iowa State will go winless in conference play this year.