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Week Four Big 12 Power Rankings with a Musical (Taylor Swift!) Twist

We’d love to talk some football, but everyone around the Big 12 would rather act like pop princesses. With coaches pointing fingers, media not letting bygones be bygones and Kansas football having a bye, what better way to show “Bad Blood” and pick Taylor Swift as this week’s musical act. The former country singer was once this writer’s teenage crush. As Swift continues to grow older, she seems less mature and more recently feuded with Katy Perry. Where did the amazing musician who actually played a guitar go? We don’t know. What we do know is “Sparks Fly” at post-game press conferences from time-to-time like they did this week.

1.TCU Horned Frogs “Mean”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 1

Last Week: W 56-37 vs. SMU

This week: at Texas Tech 3:45 p.m. Saturday

“Someday, I’ll be living in a big ‘ol city and all you’re ever gonna be is mean.”

It’s not a secret TCU has dealt with off-field issues in the past. Other fan bases have nicknamed TCU “Texas Cocaine University”. Another off-field disturbance took place recently. Gary Patterson saw a golden opportunity to take a swipe at Art Briles. If “The Revivalry” is not in full gear, I don’t know what full gear is. These two “Christian” schools absolutely despise each other. Remember, TCU was once left out of the Big 12. Now when TCU says “Someday I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,” is today.


2.Oklahoma Sooners “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Again”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 2

Last Week: W 52-38 vs. Tulsa

This Week: Bye

“We are never ever ever getting back together.”

Has anyone heard enough about Baker Mayfield originally being at Texas Tech? Buckle down because when the two play each other, that is going to be at least 75 percent of the broadcast. By the way, Tulsa was one defensive stop away from potentially tying this ball game after a Hail Mary at halftime. No one noticed because the national television networks were too busy asking how Texas Tech let Mayfield slip away.


3.Oklahoma State Cowboys “22”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 4

Last Week: W 69-14 vs. UTSA

This Week: at Texas 2:30 p.m. Saturday

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.”

You know what is being referenced here. Mike Gundy will never live down “I’m a man. I’m 40,” but his quarterback must be feeling 22 right now. Mason Rudolph is a sophomore playing at a senior level in non-conference play. The real season starts this Saturday, but right now the Cowboys are “dancing like we’re 22.”


4.Kansas State Wildcats “Our Song”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 3

Last Week: W 39-33 vs. Louisiana Tech (3OT)

This Week: Bye

“Our song is the way you left the first date and I didn’t kiss you when I should have. And when I got home before I said “Amen” asking God if he could play it again.”

Kansas State won, correct? Then why fret over it. The Wildcats have lost to FCS teams and still made bowl games. After Saturday’s near upset, Kansas State fans probably sounded like the worry-wart girlfriend in this song. Relax, you’ve got Bill Snyder. Kansas State asked God to “play our song again” and he did. Snyder’s second stint is alive and well with less talent than he had in the first stint. By the way, the Wildcats are still undefeated. The alternative is Ron Prince. Any takers?


5.Baylor Bears “Blank Space”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 5

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Rice

“Magic. Madness. Heaven. Sin. Saw you there and I thought ‘Oh my God. Look at that face. You look like my next mistake.’”

Since the success of Baylor football, Art Briles has been called every name in the book. His amazing turnaround of the once-downtrodden program has skyrocketed him to being in-line with some of the all-time great coaches. However, every power five fan base in Texas claims he’s pulling off the next Pony Express (which has not been proven nor charged) and it seems Baylor football players are constantly under investigation for criminal activity. Gary Patterson is the latest to take a swipe at Baylor saying “it’s not even close to what happened south of here” in reference to his own players’ criminal activity. This song is about Taylor Swift being accused of dating men just to write her next big hit. Maybe Art Briles is recruiting his next player for the “Mean Machine”.


6.Texas Tech Red Raiders “Picture To Burn”

Record: 3-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 7

Last Week: W 35-24 at Arkansas

This Week: vs. TCU 3:45 p.m. Saturday

“So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy. That’s just fine. You won’t mind when I say “you’re gay”.

Bret Bielema has spouted off many times before. He also makes the lamest excuses anyone has ever heard. This guy left an amazing job at Wisconsin for a struggling Arkansas team. As soon as he’s fired (yes, it will be this season), he’s going to be left out of the power five conferences. He has placed himself in a terrible position for recruits and the results never lie. Arkansas is 11-17 with a 2-14 conference record under Bielema. When Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury called out Bielema after Saturday’s victory, it was the official balloon pop. Football related: Arkansas starting running back Jonathon Williams was out, but Tech certainly has a much improved rushing defense. How long will it last though?



“You’ve got that James Dean, daydream look in your eye. And I’ve got the red lip, classic thing that you like.”

For the ladies out there, this is a shout out to you. It’s no secret the female fan base at Texas Tech (and even others around the nation) are falling head over heels for head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his “Ryan Gosling” looks.


7.Texas Longhorns “Mine”

Record: 1-2 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 8

Last Week: L 45-44 vs. Cal

This Week: vs. Oklahoma State 2:30 p.m. Saturday

“You put your arm around me for the first time.”

Later in that chorus, Swift sings “You are the best thing that’s ever been mine.” We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves, but the Longhorns are rapidly improving. The energy of the team during the comeback was ecstatic. Remember just two weeks ago when Tyrone Swoopes started the loss at Notre Dame? Jerrod Heard is a redshirt freshman and has taken the reins of this offense by storm. What will Heard be able to do as a senior? Wait and find out.


8.West Virginia Mountaineers “Tim McGraw”

Record: 2-0 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 6

Last Week: Bye

This Week: vs. Maryland 2 p.m. Saturday

“Just a boy in Chevy truck. It had a tendency of getting stuck on back roads at night.”

Morgantown is the closest place in the Big 12 to Taylor Swift’s childhood home in Wyomissing, Penn. Dana Holgorsen is a genius of a coach. Unfortunately, he’s had some rough spells. One of those rough spells was when Clint Trickett decided to retire due to concussions. This isn’t the first injury in the Air Raid offense Holgorsen uses either. Luckily, if he just wins and continues to improve the program, then there’s a chance “it’s hard not find it all a little bittersweet”.


9.Iowa State Cyclones “Teardrops on My Guitar”

Record: 1-2 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 9

Last Week: L 30-23 at Toledo (2OT)

This Week: Bye

“The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star. He’s the song in the car I keep singing and don’t know why I do.”

It’s hard to imagine Paul Rhoads getting one more year, barring some sort of miracle where Iowa State reels off five conference victories. He’s a lovable coach, but the Cyclones just don’t seem to have the talent to keep up with the big dogs (granted Arkansas actually does and lost to Toledo at home). Hopefully, we see Rhoads another season. Unfortunately, the crying has already started.


10.Kansas Jayhawks “Fifteen”

Record: 0-2 (0-0 in Big 12)

Previous Rank: 10

Last Week: Bye

This Week: at Rutgers 11 a.m. Saturday

“You say ‘hi’ to a few friends you haven’t seen in a while, try to stay out of everybody’s way.”

We’ll give you a break from the excitement over David Beaty. This song is about a former Kansas Jayhawk swimmer. Abigail Anderson, who was in the music video, was Taylor Swift’s best friend in high school. While Anderson was studying journalism at Kansas, Swift paid her a visit and even attended a class. According to this link, they’re still friends and recently celebrated Anderson’s birthday. This is certainly more exciting than an 0-2 start with a bye week. But hey, David Beaty is the freshman coach of the conference.

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