Week 10 of the Big 12 football season is in the books, and there is movement in our Big 12 Power Rankings. Week 10 saw three blowout games with Iowa State rolling Texas, Oklahoma State crushing West Virginia and Kansas State steamrolled Kansas, while TCU pulled off a big upset over Baylor. 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 11 of the season.
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week: 1)
There’s no reason to move the Cowboys out of the top spot this week as Oklahoma State absolutely dominated the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday 24-3 by holding WVU to less than one rushing yard per carry. The defensive performance from this team continues to impress, while the steady improvement of Spencer Sanders as quarterback is what can help this team win a Big 12 Championship for the first time in a decade.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week: 2)
The Oklahoma Sooners had the week off, but there’s no reason to move Oklahoma out of the No. 2 spot this week based on how Caleb Williams is playing and the fact that the team remains undefeated. But the toughest part of their schedule starts this weekend with the Baylor Bears, followed by Oklahoma State and Iowa State still to be played.
3. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week: 5)
The Cyclones dominated Texas, mostly in the second half when they held the Longhorns scoreless. Iowa State is still in the Big 12 race, especially after Baylor’s loss. Iowa State has been more inconsistent than Cyclones fans have come to expect from their team in recent seasons, but when you’re heading down the home stretch of November with a legitimate chance to compete for a conference title, you have to continue to feel good about where this program is.
4. Baylor Bears (Last Week: 2)
The Baylor Bears may have been caught looking ahead to Oklahoma as they completely flopped against a TCU team that had just “parted ways” with head coach Gary Patterson. The Bears’ defense didn’t play close to how they’ve looked the rest of the season and it cost them. Their defense made TCU QB Chandler Morris, making his first start, look like Trevone Boykin. But Baylor can shoot back up these Power Rankings this week if they pull off a win against the Sooners on Saturday morning.
5. Kansas State Wildcats (Last Week: 7)
The Kansas State Wildcats are moving up after rolling Kansas, but mostly because of the play of the teams ranked below them this week. But after a three-game losing streak, Kansas State is now bowl eligible at 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 play. This is exactly where many of us expected the Wildcats to be this season, with eight wins not at all out of the question.
6. TCU Horned Frogs (Last Week: 9)
The Horned Frogs picked up a stunning victory on Saturday over the Baylor Bears, with Chandler Morris a big reason for it. The quarterback replaced Max Duggan and was absolutely outstanding on Saturday. It’s hard to see how the team goes back to Duggan based on how well Morris was in his TCU debut. That being said, TCU’s life gets tougher this weekend when it travels to place one of the best defenses in America at Oklahoma State.
7. West Virginia (Last Week: 4)
The West Virginia Mountaineers had won two in a row before coming crashing back down to earth against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. WVU averaged .5 yards per carry against OSU, which is a testament to the Pokes defense as much as anything. But Jarret Doege getting sacked eight times doesn’t help matters either, as the WVU offensive line, which had made some strides, struggled mightily on Saturday.
8. Texas Longhorns (Last Week: 5)
These are tough times for Texas, who have now lost four games in a row for the first time in 11 years. If you told Texas fans at halftime of the Oklahoma game they would lose that game and then three more in a row, they’d call you crazy, drunk or both. But that’s where we are after falling to Iowa State in Ames. Then, there’s the off field drama with the coaching staff and also players transferring from the program. It’s not a pretty scene in Austin right now.
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Last Week: 8)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders move down, despite their bye week, only because of how the teams above them played this weekend. Tech has a brutal final three games with Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor. They’ll be underdogs in all three. But now, it’s Joey McGuire time in Lubbock.
10. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week: 10)
Kansas got blown out by Kansas State on Saturday. They’ve looked like their old selves after nearly pulling off a huge upset of OU. We’d like to see KU improve, but at some point making these games competitive, like within three touchdowns, consistently, is where things need to start.