Big 12 football power rankings

Beau Berkley

1. No. 6 TCU (7-1, 4-1 Big 12)

TCU snuck out of Morgantown with a win last Saturday, but for the most part, they’re still romping through the Big 12. If that continues this Saturday, and considering the strength of their final three games, a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the playoffs may be in the future for TCU.

2. No. 7 Kansas State (7-1, 5-0 Big 12)

It seems like every weekend there is one Big 12 game that could decide the conference championship. This weekend is no exception as Kansas State heads to TCU. Wildcat fans shouldn’t be getting antsy about a playoff spot if Kansas State wins this weekend, as trips to West Virginia and Baylor are still on the schedule. 

3. No. 12 Baylor (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) 

The Bears got back to their winning ways against a weak Kansas team last weekend, but Baylor can’t afford to rest on their laurels against Oklahoma this weekend. A few weeks ago, both of these teams were vying for a playoff spot. Now Baylor is trying to climb back up the ladder. 

4. No. 15 Oklahoma (6-2, 3-2 Big 12)

With the exception of being a two-loss team, Oklahoma is in the same boat as Baylor. A highly touted team earlier in the season, the Sooners blasted Iowa State in Ames last weekend and are trying to re-cement themselves as a top-tier team.

5. No. 23 West Virginia (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)

The fifth Big 12 team ranked in the AP Top 25, West Virginia, is a team trying to figure out where they belong in the scheme of things. The Mountaineers either show up and take care of business like they did against Baylor and Oklahoma State, or they let teams hang around like last week when TCU came back for the win. 

6. Texas (4-5, 3-3 Big 12)

A win against rival Texas Tech has to cool down the pressure for coach Charlie Strong for now, but he’ll need to win at least two more games to stay afloat for bowl eligibility and the Texas-faithful aren’t always the most patient when it comes to “rebuilding” years. 

7. Oklahoma State (3-3, 5-4 Big 12)

If the Cowboys are to have a “break” in the conference schedule, the game this week against Texas is going to be the closest they get before heading to Baylor and Oklahoma to round the season out.  

8. Texas Tech (3-6, 1-5 Big 12)

Tech’s offense has firepower behind center with Davis Webb throwing 320.3 yards per game, but for whatever reason, the Red Raiders are having trouble scoring. Not only that, but they’re having trouble stopping other teams from scoring, too. 

9. Iowa State (2-6, 0-5 Big 12)

Embarrassed and angry is what offensive coordinator Mark Mangino said about his offense this past week. Kansas has been the conference punching bag this year, but Iowa State does not have much room to boast either. The Cyclones need this game to stay bowl-eligible. 

10. Kansas (2-6, 0-5 Big 12)

It’s hard to find anything good to say about a Kansas team who sports one of the worst offenses in the nation, and after last week’s beatdown to the hands of Baylor and the strength of their final three games, the season will only get longer for the Jayhawks.