Big 12: Week 6 Power Rankings
1. Baylor (3-0)
It’s an odd feeling when Baylor is your team to beat in the conference. The Bears have taken advantage of the mishaps of the Cowboys to move into the top position in the poll. Baylor has yet to play a defense that might be capable of stopping its high-scoring offense (if there is one). This week, Baylor will host a West Virginia team that nobody knows what to expect from them week-in to week-out.
2. Oklahoma (4-0)
Oklahoma took a big stride this week on showing it may have what it takes to win the Big 12. The Sooners took down No. 22 Notre Dame, bouncing them from this week’s polls. Blake Bell put up 232 yards on the Irish, throwing two touchdowns. Bell will face another tough test this week when his Sooners host the Horned Frogs.
3. Texas Tech (3-0)
I hate to move so many team around when they are idle, but Texas Tech also benefits from OSU’s loss. The Raiders were off in Week 5 and travel to Kansas this week. Should mean the perfect record is safe, but nobody knows in the conference these days.
4. Oklahoma State (3-1)
After putting up 50 points in back-to-back weeks heading into its meeting with West Virginia, big numbers were expected against the Mountaineers. However, a 30-21 defeat has all but knocked the Cowboys out of the chase for a chance at the national championship. Oklahoma State looks to rebound this week when it takes on Kansas State.
T5. TCU (2-2)
The Horned Frogs picked up a big half against DFW-rival SMU to win 48-17 in Fort Worth. The Frogs trailed at halftime 10-7, and put up 41 points in the second half, the most in a half since 2010. The Frogs will have to prove their worth this week when they travel to Norman to take on Oklahoma. TCU may be able to stop Oklahoma from putting up big numbers on them, but will the offense be able to score?
T5. Texas (2-2)
Texas looks to come off a bye week improved from its 2-2 start to begin the year. The Longhorns open up their Big 12 slate with a date at Iowa State on Thursday.
7. Kansas State (2-2)
The Wildcats remain at seven in a bye week. Kansas State is looking to bounce back from a defeat to Texas on Sept. 21 and faces Oklahoma State this week.
8. West Virginia (3-2)
West Virginia took care of business in Morgantown, W.V. on Saturday, knocking off No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers are the middle of a slate that includes three ranked opponents, this week WVU travels to No. 17 Baylor and then face No. 20 Texas Tech on Oct. 19.
9. Iowa State (1-2)
Usually a win will move you up against idle competition, but a 38-21 win on Thursday night didn’t do so this week with WVU’s win. The Cyclones host Texas this week, a game in which will likely put Iowa State at 1-3.
10. Kansas (2-1)
I don’t feel like we see too much of Kansas lately. Two bye weeks early in the year have done little to show if there is any improvement for the Jayhawks in 2013. Time will tell though, hosting Texas Tech this week before facing TCU, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 17 Baylor and then Texas. It could be a long October in Kansas.