Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Eight

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Things seem to be following suit in the conference for the most part and it's a very similar picture to the National picture.  The Big 12 has two teams that have risen to the top, Nationally it's four.  After that you have a pair of teams battling it out on the second tier similar to Wisconsin, Stanford and Clemson on the National scene. 

Work your way down the list after that and you have a whole bunch of teams that can beat eachother an shuffle positions at any given time until you hit the bottom.  All this is leading to a fairly consistent power poll at the top, a consistent bottom and most of the shuffling taking place in the middle.

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1. Oklahoma

How They Fared: 47-17 win over Kansas

Previous Ranking NC

Oklahoma is winning week in week out and they are the most balanced team in the conference.  They can score points and they have NFL caliber defenders that they shuffle around to create issues on the defensive side of the ball.  It's a good team and the big test will be Bedlam.

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2. Oklahoma State

How They Fared: 38-26

Previous Ranking #2

The Cowboys seemed to toy with the Longhorns at times and ultimately pulled away early enough to feel comfortable with the win.  This week the defense was just as much a part of pulling off the win although the Longhorn youth might have helped play into that just a bit.

 

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3.  Kansas State

How They Fared: 41-34 win over Texas Tech

Previous Ranking NC

They just keep winning.  Bill Snyder took his team into Lubbock and won with defense and special teams.  Hell, defense might not even be a completely correct statement.  The Red Raiders put up some nice numbers but the Wildcats hung around by playing opportunistic football.  It's an interesting team and a season that is developing into one of the big storylines in college football.  This week is the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas and then things do take a decidedly more difficult turn with OU, OSU, Texas and A&M all on the schedule. 

 

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4. Texas A&M

How They Fared: 55-28 win over Baylor

Previous Ranking #5

A&M was impressive this past weekend absolutely shredding Baylor's defense all game long.  That in itself isn't a huge surprise as teams have been doing that all year but the fact that A&M was also fairly effective at limiting the Bears offense is a nice combination.  At the end of the day I think you have OU and OSU as your top tier.  Kansas State and A&M battling it out in tier two.

 

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5. Baylor

How They Fared: 55-28 loss to A&M

Previous Ranking #4

The Bears are still capable of beating everyone below them and RGIII is a HUGE part of that.  Longterm they need to work on the defensive side of the ball and Art Briles will also have the challenge of replacing RGIII if he wants to maintain the state of the program.  Sounds oddly familiar to what another team in the conference was UNABLE to accomplish.

 

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6. Missouri

How They Fared: 52-17 win over Iowa State

Previous Ranking 8

That's the Missouri we've been waiting for.  They have some solid talent on the sidelines and it just hadn't been able to put it all together on a consistent basis so far this year.  Granted it's Iowa State and the Tigers will need to prove it against some better competition, but the surge was enough for me to believe they belong at the top end of the second half of the conference.

 

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7. Texas

How They Fared: 38-26 loss to OSU

Previous Ranking NC

Not a bad little bounceback by the Longhorns. OSU is a tough team and the Longhorns did a decent job defensively against the Cowboys.  It's still the youth on offense that seems to be holding them back the most and specifically a very unstable quarterback situation.

 

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8.  Texas Tech

How They Fared: 41-34 loss to Kansas State

Previous Ranking 7

What are you going to do?  Everyone is losing to Kansas State.  After a 5-0 start the Red Raiders have dropped two straight and things don't get any easier.  After things were looking like they could go surprisingly well, reality might be setting in.

 

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9.  Iowa State

How They Fared: 52-17 loss to Missouri

Previous Ranking NC

Iowa State lost the game and their leading rusher.  The Cyclones started the season strong with a 3-0 start but a new quarterback and some turnover across the board from a season ago are finally starting to catch up with them.  Games against Texas Tech and Kansas look to be the remaining winnable games on the calendar.

 

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10.  Kansas

How They Fared: 47-17 loss to Oklahoma

Previous Ranking NC

Kansas has a pulse.  They went from looking like a team that would lose every game this year to a team that could maybe possibly pull an upset somewhere.  This is still the least consistent team in the conference and overall you have to wait for some level of consistency and winning before you raise them out of the cellar, but there might just be a little hope restored in Lawrence.

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