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Look: Week 3 Was Unkind to Big 12 FPI Standings

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Week 3 provided a glimpse of what the Big 12 season might look like this season, and it wasn’t exactly pretty. The conference took several embarrassing losses on the nose, with Oklahoma State falling to South Alabama, Cincinnati losing to Miami (OH), and Iowa State dropping a game at Ohio.

As a result, we saw some major movement in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), with several Big 12 teams plummeting down the charts.

Let’s take a look at how the Big 12 fared, in terms of FPI, after a disappointing Week 3.

Oklahoma25.52↑ 6
Texas21.67↓ 1
UCF12.421↑ 2
Kansas State12.222↓ 1
TCU9.530↑ 7
Texas Tech8.832
Cincinnati6.637↓ 13
Iowa State2.750
West Virginia1.954↑ 7
BYU1.456↑ 14
Kansas1.258↓ 1
Baylor0.465↓ 17
Oklahoma State-0.269↓ 26
Houston-3.277↓ 12

This week’s biggest riser was BYU, who climbed 14 spots to No. 58 nationally after a 38-31 win over Arkansas. TCU was the second biggest riser, climbing seven spots to No. 30 after a dominant win over Houston.

Oklahoma was also a substantial riser in this week’s FPI, climbing six spots to No. 2 after a 66-17 beatdown of Tulsa. The Sooners are currently the FPI favorite to win the Big 12 (55.2%) and have the second-best odds nationally to make the College Football Playoff (51.4%).

This week’s biggest faller was Oklahoma State, who fell a whopping 26 spots to No. 69 after its 33-7 loss to South Alabama. Baylor (↓ 17), Cincinnati (↓ 13), and Houston (↓ 12) all fell double-digit spots as well after the Bears struggled against FCS opponent Long Island, while Cincy and Houston dropped games in Week 3.


Oklahoma (2), Texas (7), UCF (21), and Kansas State (22) give the Big 12 four of the Top 25 teams in the FPI, while the conference now unfortunately has seven teams that rank 50th or worst with Iowa State (50), West Virginia (54), BYU (56), Kansas (58), Baylor (65), Oklahoma State (69), and Houston (77).

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