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Big 12 Football Power Rankings: Week 8

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Week 7 of the Big 12 football season is in the books, and there is movement in our Big 12 Power Rankings. Week 7 saw Oklahoma State launch itself into the Top 10, Texas blow another big lead, Caleb Williams have his coming out party as a starter and much more. Anyway, here is your weekly reminder that these rankings can fluctuate greatly on a week-by-week basis, based on how teams have performed in their most recent games and who they’ve beaten, not what we predict the final Big 12 standings to be and not what the preseason rankings were.

So with all that being said, here’s a look at our Big 12 Football Power Rankings heading into Week 7 of the season.

1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week: 2)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys get the slight edge for the top spot this week after beating the Texas Longhorns on Saturday. The Pokes were trailing in the first half by double digits and came back behind their defense and the running prowess of Jaylen Warren. The Cowboys now have three Top 25 wins in a row over Kansas State (No. 25 at the time), Texas and Baylor. Their strength of schedule puts them into the No. 1 position.

 

2. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week: 1)

OU looks like a completely different team since Caleb Williams took over the offense last week against Texas. The Sooners beat TCU 52-31 in a game that was never close as Williams went 18/23 as he threw for 295 and four touchdowns. But he did more than just throw the football well as he also rushed for 66 yards and a score bringing his touchdown total to five against TCU. This is a complete rejuvenation for the Sooners, who now suddenly look again like a team that can compete for a National Championship a wild year for college football.

3. Baylor Bears (Last Week: 3)

The Baylor Bears maintain the No. 3 spot after stomping on future Big 12 member BYU. Baylor racked up over 300 rushing yards against the Cougars as they just kept pounding the rock over and over again. Abram Smith led the way with 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns as he averaged seven yards a carry. The Bears have some work to do in the pass defense, but this is a team that will be heard from down the stretch of the 2021 Big 12 football season.

4. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week: 6)

Well, it’s Brocktober, so Iowa State has suddenly started to look like the team we expected them to look like when the season began. Iowa State rolled Kansas State on Saturday night and Matt Campbell is now 15-2 in the month of October dating back to 2017. The team can still find room to improve on both sides of the ball, but the fan base should start feeling like this is a team that can be right in the hunt for a Big 12 title. And that begins this weekend against Oklahoma State.

 

5. Texas Longhorns (Last Week: 4)

If only football games weren’t four quarters long, Texas would be flying high and leading the Big 12. Unfortunately for them, that’s not the case, as Texas fell apart again this week, blowing a double-digit lead to Oklahoma State. They couldn’t stop the run and even the offense was held in check in the second half, especially the fourth quarter, when they gained a total of six yards. Texas now has a week off to try and regroup.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Last Week: 8)

The Red Raiders jump up three spots after smoking Kansas. Yes, they’re supposed to do that, but you know what: Tech hasn’t the past two seasons, losing in 2019 and winning by a field goal last season. Despite the criticism and some bad losses, Tech is one win away from becoming bowl eligible, which would be a big step in the right direction for Wells in Year 3. But can they get one more win? After K-State this weekend they play Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

7. TCU (Last Week: 5)

The Horned Frogs suddenly have a solid offense and a mediocre defense, the opposite of the problem they’ve had the last three seasons which have resulted in around .500 football dating back to 2018. These struggles are unlike any of the Gary Patterson era in Fort Worth. TCU has allowed nearly 40 points per game in their last four match ups, which despite the offensive prowess, cannot continue if this team wants to at least find itself in a bowl game come the end of the season.

8. Kansas State Wildcats (Last Week: 7)

The Wildcats have had the toughest start to the Big 12 schedule of any team in the league with Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Iowa State, but still, K-State fans are not happy with how the team is playing, and some of that is understandable. Injuries have hurt the Cats going back to last season, but every team deals with them in some capacity, so it can’t be an excuse. K-State plays Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas and West Virginia the next four games. A 3-1 stretch will calm a lot of nerves in Manhattan.

 

9. West Virginia Mountaineers (Last Week: 9)

The Mountaineers were off last week, which hopefully was used by Neal Brown to regroup ahead of this weekend’s match up against TCU. It’s an interesting game for both teams to try and figure out who is going to be in the middle of the pack in the Big 12, and who is going to be near the basement.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week: 10)

The Jayhawks are struggling. Really struggling. And the rebuild is real. We say it every week, but there isn’t much else to say. KU remains at No. 10 until they end up pulling off a massive upset.

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