Week 4 gave us another week’s worth of data points and a better idea of what teams are contenders in the Big 12 race, and which teams might just be pretenders.
As a result, we saw some major movement in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), with several Big 12 teams moving up and down the charts.
Let’s take a look at how the Big 12 fared, in terms of FPI, after an interesting Week 4.
|Kansas State||13.4||21||↑ 1|
|Texas Tech||7.1||37||↓ 5|
|West Virginia||3.2||47||↑ 7|
|Iowa State||2.7||54||↓ 2|
|Oklahoma State||0.3||63||↑ 6|
This week’s biggest risers were West Virginia and Kansas, who both moved up seven spots in the FPI after wins over Texas Tech and BYU, respectively. The Mountaineers (47) and Jayhawks (51) are right around the Top 50 and appear to be moving up in the Big 12 hierarchy as well.
Oklahoma State (despite a loss) and Houston also rose substantially in FPI, coming up six spots apiece to No. 63 and No. 71, respectively. However, each of them finds themselves near the bottom of the Big 12 in terms of FPI.
This week’s biggest faller was Baylor, who was the only team with double-digit movement, dropping 11 spots after a 38-6 loss to Texas. The Bears’ inability to run the ball and a lack of consistent quarterback play has been a major issue thus far, and it appears that Dave Aranda’s defense isn’t quite ready to carry the Bears right now.
Oklahoma (2) and Texas (6) give the Big 12 two of the top six teams in FPI, as the Sooners and Longhorns continue to look impressive at 4-0 a piece and headed toward a collision course in Week 6. As of right now, it looks like these two teams will be a factor in the Big 12 race in their final season with the conference.
Oklahoma (2), Texas (6), Kansas State (21), UCF (25), and TCU (26) give the Big 12 five of the Top 30 teams in the FPI, while the conference also has the other teams in the Top 50, with Texas Tech (37), Cincinnati (39), and West Virginia (47).