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Big 12 Football Week 11 Power Rankings: TCU Dominates, Oklahoma Falling

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The 2022 college football season wrapped up Week 10 and the Big 12 season is heading down the home stretch. There were five games this week, with West Virginia upsetting Oklahoma 23-20, Oklahoma State beat Iowa State 20-14, Kansas State rolling Baylor 31-3, Texas Tech holding off Kansas 43-28 and TCU upsetting Texas 17-10.

So now it’s time for our Big 12 Power Rankings. Here’s a reminder on how I’ve done this for years: It’s about how your team looked and how it played, not always about if your team won or lost. And last week’s rankings have little impact on this week’s. That’s what makes this fun. These are also not predictions for the way the season will end, just a Power Rankings based on the most recent performances.

 

1. TCU Horned Frogs (Last Week: 1)

The Horned Frogs are now 10-0 after a road win over Texas on Saturday night, despite being seven-point underdogs. TCU’s defense played its best game of the season on Saturday night, making Quinn Ewers look pedestrian, and won them the game. But if that defense continues to show up and the offense remains the strength powered by Max Duggan, Kendre Miller and Quentin Johnston, this team can make the CFB Playoff.

2. Kansas State Wildcats (Last Week: 4)

Kansas State bounced back from their Texas loss with a huge win over Baylor on Saturday night in Waco as underdogs. It was arguably the most impressive win of the season for the Wildcats, who absolutely dominated the Bears on both sides of the ball. And now, Chris Klieman has a QB controversy on his hand as Will Howard continues to look really good. But that decision might have been made easier with Adrian Martinez reportedly out for at least the rest of the regular season.

3. Texas Longhorns (Last Week: 3)

Texas’ defense actually played really well on Saturday against TCU, but the offense was non-existent, which scored a total of three points. Texas is still in the hunt for a Big 12 Championship Game appearance, but they will need some help as they sit at 4-3 in league play, one game behind K-State, who is 5-2, but UT owns that tiebreaker. The Longhorns now have to avoid another loss to Kansas, who beat them last season in one of the biggest upsets of the season.

 

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

Maybe too high for Texas Tech? Well, they won on Saturday, and it was a more impressive win than any of the teams below them in this week’s Power Rankings. Tech had lost four of their last five games, but got a very convincing win over Kansas on Saturday, and it was thanks to their rushing attack, which piled up nearly 250 yards on the ground. If Tech can find that balance, they could surprise these next two weeks and just need to win one to become bowl eligible.

5. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week: 6)

Well, the Cowboys got the win over Iowa State in a hideous game. Once Spencer Sanders came in, things changed as the Pokes took the lead and never looked back for a 20-14 win. Also, credit to the Oklahoma State defense, which also stepped up and played arguably its best game of the season. The Pokes now get ready for Bedlam in what is the most uneventful match up between these two teams in years.

6. Baylor Bears (Last Week: 2)

The Baylor Bears had a chance to solidify themselves as being in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt with two games to go, but instead they put up an absolute dud of a performance against K-State in front of their home crowd on Saturday. Kudos to K-State, who came far better prepared than Baylor on both sides of the ball, but we can officially call this season a disappointment for the Bears, who many, myself included, believed could compete atop the Big 12 and defend their conference title.

 

7. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week: 5)

Kansas has now lost four of five game after falling at Texas Tech on Saturday. The problem is the defense, not the offense. If you give up over 500 total yards and nearly 250 on the ground the Tech, who has no offensive line, that’s bad. And that’s what happened to the Jayhawks. KU’s offense is humming right along with Jason Bean at QB, but the defense will have to get its act together to slow down Bijan Robinson and Co. this weekend.

8. West Virginia Mountaineers (Last Week: 10)

The Mountaineers are moving up! WVU actually beat Oklahoma at home on Saturday, despite being a touchdown underdog against the Sooners. The defense played a bend-but-don’t-break style and it worked. Credit to Garrett Greene, who came in for QB J.T. Daniels and rushed for over 100 yards in giving WVU’s offense a much-needed fresh look and new wrinkle. WVU is 4-6 and needs to win out to reach a bowl game, which Neal Brown might desperately need to save his job.

9. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week: 7)

Oklahoma has two games left and has yet to become bowl eligible. Who saw this coming back in August? And while there is a lot of finger pointing, many at Brent Venables, there are former Oklahoma players who are pointing fingers at the players. If the Sooners lose to Oklahoma State, who they are favored against, then who knows what the next phase of this meltdown of a season looks like in Norman.

 

10. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week: 9)

Iowa State is back in the No. 10 spot after a brief appearance outside of the basement. This offense, woof. Oklahoma State has one of the worst defenses in the Big 12. The Pokes had given up nearly 90 points the last two weeks to the two Kansas schools. Iowa State scored 14. The defense can be as good as it gets, but until the offense improves, Iowa State is a bottom-half-of-the-Big 12 team in this loaded conference for the foreseeable future.

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