Week 11 of the Big 12 football season is in the books, and there is movement in our Big 12 Power Rankings. Week 11 saw huge upsets including Kansas over Texas and Texas Tech beating Iowa State. Baylor also won as an underdog against Oklahoma, while Kansas State and Oklahoma State rolled to wins. 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 12 of the season.
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week: 1)
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are absolutely rolling and may be the most overlooked team in the nation right now. The Pokes smoked TCU and have a Top 3 defense in America with a rushing game that piled up over 400 yards on the ground this past weekend. Oklahoma State should be considered a strong College Football Playoff contender. They’ll need to win out, but with the way this team is playing, why should that be considered unreasonable?
2. Baylor Bears (Last Week: 3)
The Baylor Bears beat the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, but of course it was not without some post-game drama between Lincoln Riley and Dave Aranda. Regardless, Baylor is becoming one of the best stories in college football this season, which fans have to be thrilled by. But of course with that kind of success, comes some concerns on who else might have their eye(s) on Aranda. A new report from Bruce Feldman is connecting him to the USC job. We hope he’s wrong.
3. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week: 2)
Oklahoma started its toughest stretch of the season on Saturday when the Sooners went to Waco to take on Baylor and it did not go well. Lincoln Riley made another quarterback switch, going back to Spencer Rattler, which didn’t work out either. The Sooners are simply not living up to the expectations that were built in before the season. They may still be the favorites to win the Big 12, but there are concerns the rest of the way for OU.
4. Kansas State Wildcats (Last Week: 5)
The Kansas State Wildcats are quietly creeping up this list after they won a fourth-straight game in impressive fashion on Saturday against West Virginia. K-State is sitting at 7-3 and it’s highly likely to think this team can finish 8-4, or if things break just right, even 9-3, with games left against Baylor and Texas. K-State is now also getting love from Vegas oddsmakers, as they opened up as a home favorite against the Bears this weekend.
5. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Last Week: 9)
Texas Tech was a double-digit underdog when hosting Iowa State on Saturday, and the Red Raiders pulled off the outright win thanks in part to a 62-yard game-winning field goal. I’m still not convinced Tech is a middle-of-the-pack Big 12 team, but to their credit they are now bowl eligible under Sonny Cumbie, who despite not getting the job as the next head coach, has admirably helped these players finish their careers on a high note.
6. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week: 3)
The Iowa State Cyclones are officially in the middle of a disappointing season as they sit at 6-4 overall and 4-3 in Big 12 play. A loss to Texas Tech as a double-digit favorite for a team that was very much in the Big 12 title hunt is a disappointment, to say the least. For a team that was in the preseason Top 10, returning 20 starters, and had College Football Playoff hopes, this is not the year the coaching staff, or fans, were hoping for.
7. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week: 10)
KU — WELCOME out of the basement of these Power Rankings for the first time all season! Saturday night in Austin snapped a 13-year road conference losing streak. It will be a game that will be remembered for a long time in Lawrence (and Austin) for that matter. Kudos to Lance Leipold, the staff and these players for fighting throughout a tough season and picking up a program-defining win on Saturday night.
8. TCU Horned Frogs (Last Week: 6)
After a stunning upset of Baylor, TCU came crashing back down to earth and looked like the team they were prior to their Baylor win on Saturday in their loss to Oklahoma State. TCU is still searching for its next head coach, which may be taking longer than some anticipated. This program has talent around it, but clearly the reset button needs to be hit in Forth Worth.
9. West Virginia Mountaineers (Last Week: 7)
The West Virginia Mountaineers struggles continued on Saturday in Manhattan against Kansas State. After winning two in a row, the Mountaineers have now lost two straight and have not looked good in either game against Oklahoma State or Kansas State. Neal Brown is recruiting well but they’ll need to start translating this all to wins in 2022.
10. Texas Longhorns (Last Week: 10)
Wow. Texas in the No. 10 spot. But it is well deserved as they’ve lost five games in a row for the first time since the 1950’s. And not just five in a row, but the most recent one to Kansas, who they were favored by more than 30 points against. It’s not pretty in Austin, Texas right now.