Big 12 Week 7 Power Rankings
1. Baylor (4-0, 1-0)
Baylor’s offense continues to show why it deserves to hold the top spot in this weeks rankings. The Bears put up 56 points in the first half against West Virginia and could do so against Kansas State this week. Baylor has the top running back, Lache Seastrunk, and top quarterback, Bryce Petty, in terms of yardage. The combination has led to a dangerous offense that is putting up 70.5 points per game through four games played.
2. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0)
The Sooners did what it had to do against TCU and made the Horned Frogs a one dimensional team for much of the first half. TCU surged back but Oklahoma held on for a 20-17 win in Norman. This week, Oklahoma heads into the Red River Rivlary with its eyes set on blowing out the Longhorns for the third consecutive year and perhaps the last time against Mack Brown.
3. Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0)
Walk-on freshman Baker Mayfield sits second in the conference in passing with nearly 300 yards through the air per game. His arm helped overcome a 10-0 deficit to Kansas on Saturday as the Raiders ran off 10 consecutive unanswered scores on rout to a 54-16 win on the road.
4. Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1)
The Cowboys did what they had to do to survive against Kansas State in a back and forth affair in Stillwater, Okla. on Saturday. 10 points in the final 4:13 of the game helped clinch the win, and put Oklahoma State back on track following its fall from the top after the loss to West Virginia a week earlier.
5. Texas (3-2, 2-0)
The Longhorns escaped, to say the least, at Iowa State and head into the most crucial point of its season. The matchup vs. the Sooners looks daunting for the Longhorns and a blowout loss could tip the scales towards what seems an inevitable final season for Mack Brown.
6. TCU (2-3, 0-2)
The Horned Frogs had the upset bug on their mind in Norman but could not overcome a poor showing in the first half. TCU has yet to win a Big 12 conference game at home but could score its first when it hosts Kansas on Saturday.
T7. Iowa State (1-3, 0-1)
Someone has to move around right? The Cylcones get the lone movement on the board by their ability to have shown improvement this season. They were a point (really an instant replay review gone awry) away from knocking off Texas and looked good in doing so. Iowa State will have another chance for a big win this Saturday at Texas Tech
T7. Kansas State (2-3, 0-2)
The Wildcats missed out on opportunities to hand Oklahoma State its second loss of the season and all but remove the Cowboys from talks of a conference championship. Kansas State looks to be a long way away from its loss to North Dakota State and has improved week to week.
9. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2)
Following what may end up being the biggest win of the season against Oklahoma State, West Virginia suffered its worst loss of the season. Morgantown is still waiting for the defense to show up after the Mountaineers gave up 56 points in the first half against Baylor and could have seen the scale tip over 100 if not for Baylor slowing down the offense in the second half.
10. Kansas (2-2, 0-1)
Leading 10-0 late in the first quarter, the Jayhawks are left wondering what could have been. Kansas has not won a conference game in now 23 attempts. The bright spot is that TCU has yet to win a conference game at home and the Jayhawks travel to Fort Worth on Saturday. Maybe Kansas can get some revenge for what happened to its basketball team