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Big 12 Baseball Power Rankings: A Big Top Five Shakeup

Conference play is here as we just wrapped up another week of the season. It was a busy weekend full of surprises and big moments.

Each week, Heartland College Sports will release its Big 12 baseball power rankings, and here are this week’s rankings.

1. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week #1)

Despite falling to TCU last weekend, I decided to keep Oklahoma State at number one. This was the Cowboys’ second series loss in Big 12 play, with Texas Tech getting the better of them in the Big 12 opener. Their offense continues to score runs but their pitching was just too inconsistent against TCU. The good news is that the toughest portion of their schedule is behind them.

 

2. Texas Longhorns (Last Week #3)

Is Texas the second-best team in the Big 12? It sure feels like that after a series win against Kansas State. The Longhorns swept Texas Tech in their conference opener and looked good against the Wildcats in Austin this past weekend. Lucas Gordon continues to dominate on the mound and the offense seems to have turned a corner. I know they still have some big series coming up, but this is a team to keep an eye on.

3. Texas Tech (Last Week #4)

Texas Tech probably doesn’t deserve to be moved up after taking two out of three from a bad North Dakota State team but here we are. We all know what this team brings to the table each game. They will outscore anyone, but they will also give up their fair share of runs in the process.

4. TCU Horned Frogs (Last Week #6)

The Horned Frogs are back in the Big 12 race after a big series win against Oklahoma State. What really impressed me this weekend was their offense. Ever since their series against Kansas two weeks ago, this team has found some life at the plate. If they can keep that up along with their duo of Kole Klecker and Cam Brown on the mound, then watch out.

 

5. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week #8)

Is Kansas in my top five? Yes. Believe it or not, this team took two out of three from a Top-25 West Virginia team on the road. They are one of four Big 12 teams with a conference record above the .500 mark. While their pitching remains a big question, they do have some power in their lineup as Cole Elvis, Janson Reeder, and Jake English have combined for 22 home runs so far this season. This team still has plenty of tough series ahead of them, but I was extremely impressed with them this past weekend.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers (Last Week #2)

After getting all the momentum and cracking the top 25, West Virginia seems to have fallen off a cliff. Losing a series to Kansas at home was not ideal and makes me question this team and just how good they really are. The offense played well enough to win but their pitching really struggled against the Jayhawks which was a bit surprising considering how good Ben Hampton and Blaine Traxel have been this season. The schedule only gets tougher from here so it will be interesting to see if West Virginia can bounce back.

7. Baylor Bears (Last Week #9)

I don’t know how they did it, but Baylor took down Oklahoma last weekend. Will Rigney pitched a gem on Saturday, earning pitcher of the day. This team now has series wins against Kansas State and Oklahoma yet, got swept by Kansas. I am not sure what to make of this but good for the Bears.

 

8. Kansas State (Last Week #7)

It’s hard to bump a team down for losing to Texas but I had to do it with Kansas State. They had some opportunities to take the series down in Austin but failed to do so. Despite the loss, I feel like this team is starting to balance out a little more. Call me crazy but I wouldn’t be shocked to see this team win a series or two they aren’t supposed to.

9. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week #5)

I just don’t understand this team at all. They beat TCU to start off conference play and then follow that up by getting swept against Kansas State. Then last weekend they split a four-game series against a top-ten Stanford team and now they just lost a series against Baylor.

10. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week #10)

Bring back baseball, please.

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