With almost everyone in action, there was a lot of potential for movement. And some close results all around left plenty of room to interpret what exactly we learned from Saturday.
1 - Baylor Bears (5-0, 2-0 Big 12, Last Week: 1)
With no game last week, there was no chance for them to move down.
Up Next: vs. Kansas
2 - West Virginia Mountaineers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12, Last Week: 2)
A bye week last week won’t give them any reason to drop, but they lost their kicker. I don’t think that significantly weakens their team, but given the close games they play, it may ultimately be worth keeping an eye on.
Up Next: @ Texas Tech
3 - Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-2, 2-1 Big 12, Last Week: 3)
If Iowa State hadn't nearly beaten Baylor the week before, Saturday's narrow win would be more of a cause for concern. As it is, this was a good escape against a team that is probably quite a bit better than their record.
Up Next: Bye
4 - Oklahoma Sooners (3-2, 2-0 Big 12, Last Week: 4)
It was a good win against a hated rival, and while none of the concerns were resolved, no new ones appeared. This team still has the most talent in the conference, but they just haven't been able to put it all together convincingly.
Up Next: vs. Kansas State
5 - Kansas State Wildcats (3-2, 1-1 Big 12, Last Week: 8)
Outlasting the best offense in the conference, the Wildcats showed that they do have an offense to go with that defense. They'll get a big test in Norman this weekend.
Up Next: @Oklahoma
6 - Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1 Big 12, Last Week: 5)
The offense was stifled somewhat, and the defense didn’t make any real progress. Poor results from those below them is really the only thing that kept them from falling further.
Up Next: vs. West Virginia
7 - Texas Longhorns (2-3, 0-2 Big 12, Last Week: 6)
Not even a close loss to Oklahoma can sugarcoat the issues this team has. In a conference not known for defense, it’s hard to expect that defense to be lights-out against Oklahoma. However, 3 long passing touchdowns and nearly 300 yards of rushing for the Sooners is bad.
Up Next: vs. Iowa State
8 - TCU Horned Frogs (3-2, 2-1 Big 12, Last Week: 7)
After being gifted the game by multiple tactical errors by Beaty, the Horned Frogs don’t really get any credit for beating the Jayhawks. They were flat out dominated for large portions of the game, with the defense giving up points to a Kansas offense that hasn’t really scored any points this year in FBS games, and the offense couldn’t get anything going for most of the day.
Up Next: Bye
9 - Iowa State Cyclones (1-5, 0-3 Big 12, Last Week: 9)
Once again, they played a team much better than them and just weren’t able to pull off the win. Going into Oklahoma State and losing by a single touchdown is probably more impressive than being up 2 TDs against Baylor at home before failing to hang on. This team is definitely improving. The main question is where the first Big 12 win comes from this year.
Up Next: @ Texas
10 - Kansas Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2 Big 12, Last Week: 10)
The defense put on an inspired performance, and the change to Ryan Willis at QB definitely seems to have made somewhat of a difference, but turnovers are still a big issue for this team, and the playcalling has to be better. There is no reason to kick a field goal from the 1 before the closing minutes of the game.
Up Next: @ Baylor
Fun With Stats
Just a reminder about this segment, where we highlight one stat category every week where the Jayhawks lead the conference at this point in the season. In previous weeks, we highlighted Total Kickoff Return Yards (KU is now 2nd), 4th Down Conversion Percentage Defense (1st in conference, 6th nationally), and Team Tackles for Loss Per Game (1st in conference, 4th nationally). Up this week: 3rd Down Conversion Percentage.