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Big 12 Power Rankings - 10/13/14

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Only one team was idle this week, and the rest were all involved in tight games (even Kansas!!). How did this all affect the rankings this week?

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That had to be the craziest week of Big 12 football that I can remember (although to be fair, I'm usually pretty indifferent to Big 12 football after KU becomes irrelevant). There actually is quite a bit of movement in the rankings, even though all the teams that were expected to win went and won.

 

1. Baylor (Previous Ranking: 1)

2. TCU (PR: 3)

I'm grouping these two together because after that game they are about as close as you can get.  TCU put on a show early, taking a large lead multiple times only to see Baylor come right back.  While the TCU defense made tons of plays, their offense was inconsistent enough to give Baylor plenty of chances to catch up.  And catch up they did. 

3. Oklahoma (PR: 2)

A good win against an improving Texas team, but the cracks are really starting to show with this team.  The offense is still dangerous, but not nearly as consistent as they were thought to be.  And while the defense had some big plays, they let Texas go on too many sustained drives that they were unable to finish off.  Thanks to a big special teams play, they were able to pull it out, but don't expect them to be able to play the better teams in the league like this and still pull out the win.

4. Kansas State (PR: 5)

They were idle this week, and moved up thanks to the poor showing by the Cowboys.

5. Oklahoma State (PR: 4)

Had lots of trouble with the lowly Jayhawks.  The offense played well in the first half, but then was extremely quiet in the second half.  The defense had some issues early in the first half, but then settled down until about halfway through the third quarter.  Like their in-state rivals, they were bailed out by a big play on the special teams.

6. West Virginia (PR: 6)

The defense needs some work.  They gave up huge plays like they were candy on Halloween, then did just enough to claw back the win.

7. Iowa State (PR: 7)

The schedule they built was all wrong.  The "cupcakes" all happened to be lower level teams that are at the top of their game.  They've hung tough in a lot of losses, but were able to put this one away in the 4th.

8. Texas (PR: 9)

Quite a performance from the Longhorns against the Sooners this week, but they came up just short  They had improvement all around, but I'm not sure how much of that was due to the fact this was a rivalry game.  They get a chance to show how much they've actually improved when they face off against Iowa State this week.

9. Texas Tech (PR: 8)

They put up a hell of a fight against West Virginia, and the offense put up quite a show with numerous long scoring plays.  But the defense allowed the Mountaineers to grind them down all the way up to the end of the game when they kicked the go-ahead field goal as time expired.

10. Kansas (PR: 10)

 Progress.  Kansas seems to have realized that they have a big playmaker in Tony Pierson and they finally decided to start using him.  Even though they didn't get huge returns from him after a first half scoring drive, he was involved enough to open up pretty much everything else on offense for the Jayhawks.  The emergence of Michael Cummings is a welcome sight, and hopefully they can build on this to pull off an upset in Lubbock next week.