For the first time this season, we had a full slate of Big 12 games, and all of them were at least mildly entertaining (Kansas wasn't COMPLETELY out of it, and Texas getting beat down is always a bit amusing). But with so many teams playing other teams that aren't close to them in the rankings, did we get very much movement at all?
1. Oklahoma (Last Week: 2) - They take over the top spot after another quality win against a quality opponent. This team has really showed that it can handle the pressure of the big stage. Other teams may have more talent, but Oklahoma is the only team that has really had it shine through
2. TCU (Last Week: 1) - It was tough knocking them down a spot after a dominating win over Texas, but I've always been an "entire body of work" guy instead of a "what have you done for me lately" kind of guy. Oklahoma has the better body of work so far, but only because of what was available on the schedule.
3. Baylor (Last Week: 3) - Still holding strong in the third spot, Baylor put up a strong showing against Texas Tech, but that is the only real decent competition that they played, and I don't want to get into the "Team A beat Team C by more than Team B" discussion. Instead, let's recognize that Baylor can't really benefit from this weekend's game. But they can't afford to look ahead either.
4. West Virginia (Last Week: 5) - The Mountaineers never had a lead, but really pushed the Sooners before running out of gas in the 4th quarter. The final score makes it look worse than it was, but they did enough on the road to overtake Texas Tech. They'll look to solidify this spot when they take on the undefeated Cowboys on Saturday.
5. Texas Tech (Last Week: 4) - A near miss against TCU at home was enough to hold off the Mountaineers, but a blowout loss at Baylor wasn't able to do the same. This team has a really bad problem on its hands, the entire defensive side of the ball. It's conceivable that they won't be able to stop any team left on the schedule (expect probably the Jayhawks) and even the best offenses can't keep up the scoring pace they set early in the year.
6. Oklahoma State (Last Week: 6) - The Cowboys benefitted from a chains gaffe on Saturday, but they clearly asserted themselves as the better team against the Wildcats. They have a tough test against the Mountaineers this week, and a strong showing here could easily get them into the top 4.
7. Kansas State (Last Week: 7) - The Wildcats did NOT lose because of the officiating mistake. While it's true that the Big 12 needs to fix the situation with the refs, the Wildcats don't really have much to complain about. Blame it on injuries if you want, but this team just doesn't have the depth or overall talent to be competitive in the Big 12 this year. They should beat everyone below them, but any other wins should be considered an upset.
8. Iowa State (Last Week: 8) - They did what every team should do this year - absolutely destroy the Jayhawks. Unfortunately it only gets harder from here.
9. Texas (Last Week: 9) - This team is an absolute train wreck, and it doesn't look to get any better. Part of that is because the schedule is absolutely loaded this year (for pretty much everyone in the Big 12, but still), but I'm surprised there haven't been more calls for Charlie Strong's job.
10. Kansas (Last Week: 10) - Iowa State was probably the last realistic shot that Kansas had to get a win this year. It's time to hope that they can just stay competitive, and remember that basketball season is almost here.