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Big 12 Football Quarterback Power Rankings: Week 8

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There is no position in all of sports that is more important than the quarterback. A good quarterback can help hide other areas of weakness on a team while bad ones can bring down even the best of teams. Either way, having good quarterback play is crucial for any team that hopes to make it all the way. Just like with team power rankings, I wanted to do a weekly quarterback power ranking after every weekend. Here you will find out who is trending up or down depending on their play on the field.

1. TCU QB Max Duggan (Last Week: #2)

We have a new quarterback taking the top spot on the list. Max Duggan didn’t have his best game, but he led a great comeback against a top-ten Oklahoma State team. TCU was down 24-13 at halftime and pulled off a big double-overtime comeback. Max finished the day with 286 passing yards and two scores while adding 68 rushing yards and two more touchdowns on the ground. Say what you want about him, but he is the toughest quarterback in the Big 12.

2. Texas QB Quinn Ewers (Last Week: #1)

You can certainly make a case for him to remain the top quarterback and I would be perfectly fine with that. He once again threw for three touchdowns and didn’t have a single turnover in the game against Iowa State. Ewers played well but he did miss a few throws and I just feel like Max did more for his team than Quinn did. Still, Ewers is a solid quarterback in the conference.

3. Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez (Last Week: #3)

After a bye week, I decided to keep Adrian Martinez in the same spot. Next up is a matchup against TCU where the winner looks to take control of the Big 12.

4. Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel (Last Week: NR)

Oklahoma fans should be thankful that Dillon Gabriel came back this past Saturday against Kansas. We all saw what happened to this Oklahoma offense without him against Texas which wasn’t pretty at all. The good news is that Dillon made a huge return as he racked up over 400 passing yards and had three touchdowns on the day. If not for Dillon Gabriel, I am not so sure Oklahoma would have even beat Kansas.

5. Baylor QB Blake Shapen (Last Week: #5)

I know he only played a little over one half of football but that is not his fault. Blake was injured on a dirty hit early in the third quarter against West Virginia. Sure, he had a bad fumble but outside of that he played well going 14/22 for 326 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor ended up losing the game, but it was not because of the paly of Blake Shapen.

6. Iowa State QB Hunter Dekkers (Last Week: #8)

Iowa State may not have left Austin with a win, but the offense looked completely different against Texas than they have in the previous two games. Prior to Saturday’s game, Iowa State had scored just a single touchdown in their last two games. Against Texas, they were able to score three as Dekkers had a nice game going 25/36 for 329 yards and three total touchdowns. While he did have the ugly interception in the end zone and the controversial fumble late in the game, he looked more comfortable on Saturday.

7. WVU QB JT Daniels (Last Week: #9)

It is hard for me to put a winning quarterback this low, but this is actually an upgrade for JT who was ranked ninth last week. While the run game for West Virginia stole the show, Daniels still had a good performance against a stout Baylor defense. JT went 24/37 for 283 yards along with one touchdown and one interception. He can certainly play better but at least he got the win.

8. Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders (Last Week: #4)

Spencer did some great things in the first half for Oklahoma State. He led his team to back-to-back touchdown drives to open the game. However, things quickly fell apart in the second half as the offense got conservative. I still put most of the blame on the coaching staff, but Spencer didn’t play nearly as well in the final two quarters and overtime.

9. Texas Tech QB Behren Morton (Last Week: #7)

I put Behren one spot back after the bye week due to other players moving around.

10. Kansas QB Jason Bean (Last Week: #6)

Someone had to be last, and I made it Jason Bean. He didn’t have the worst game as he threw for four touchdown passes but he had trouble with his accuracy, and he threw two interceptions against Oklahoma.

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