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Big 12 Baseball Power Rankings: A New Number One

Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, May 28, 2017

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. West Virginia Mountaineers (Last Week #3)

After making it in the top three several times, I have yet to put West Virginia at number one. That changes today as they are my top team in the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers took down Oklahoma State last weekend and just swept TCU at home this past weekend. With their big win, they now sit at the top of the Big 12 baseball standings.

 

2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Last Week #2)

Texas Tech scored 24 runs in their first two games against Baylor before falling short in game three. Despite not getting the sweep, the Red Raiders still managed to win the series and their offense looked really good in those first two games. What was really exciting was getting to see Mason Molina pitch an absolute gem on Friday night. I keep saying if this team can get a little help on the mound, then they can beat anyone in the country because their offense is that good.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Last Week #4)

I decided to bump the Cowboys up a spot after completing a sweep over Kansas in Lawrence. Their bats stayed hot all weekend long as they racked up 37 runs against the Jayhawks. None of their games were close and they now have won five in a row after this weekend. Maybe this is where things start heating up for Oklahoma State.

4. Texas Longhorns (Last Week #1)

The Longhorns slid down three spots after a rough weekend at home against Oklahoma. Texas lost on Friday night despite a great pitching performance from Lucas Gordon and then lost the doubleheader on Saturday as they were swept at home. Head Coach David Pierce called his team’s performance embarrassingly bad, and I must agree with him because it was horrible.

 

5. Kansas State Wildcats (Last Week #5)

Kansas State went out west this past weekend as they took on UC Irvine in a non-conference matchup. The Wildcats took the first two games of the series before falling short on Sunday. Next up is a series against Texas Tech at home which will be huge.

6. Oklahoma Sooners (Last Week #9)

I have been so down on this team over the last two weeks, and they made me look like a fool this past weekend. The Sooners swept Texas down in Austin for the first time in program history and completed their first sweep over Texas since 1998. They got out to some fast starts on Saturday which helped them win the doubleheader. I know that it is probably too late for this team to make the postseason but at least they will make the Big 12 tournament.

7. TCU Horned Frogs (Last Week #6)

I just don’t understand this team at all. Pitching was one of the big things TCU could rely on and West Virginia absolutely crushed them all weekend long. When you combine inconsistent pitching with inconsistent hitting then you get a whole bunch of inconsistency overall which perfectly explains TCU’s 2023 season. I thought this team could win the Big 12 and now they are dropping series left and right and just got swept by West Virginia.

 

8. Kansas Jayhawks (Last Week #7)

Kansas had a rough weekend once again in conference play. After getting swept by Kansas State at home, the Jayhawks were just swept by Oklahoma State at home. Ouch.

9. Baylor Bears (Last Week #8)

There’s not much to say here about Baylor. They lost to Texas Tech in Lubbock, but I guess the good news is that they didn’t get swept.

10. Iowa State Cyclones (Last Week #10)

I will not move Iowa State until they bring back baseball!

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