Big 12 power rankings


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ISU defenders take down an Oklahoma State ballcarrier on Oct. 4 in Stillwater, Okla. The Cyclones fell to the Cowboys 37-20.

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1. Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)

In a weekend of monumental upsets, Baylor was able to come away unscathed and hand Texas a 28-7 defeat. This weekend’s game with No. 9 TCU is Baylor’s first real test of the season and after last weekend, no one is counting the Horned Frogs out. 

2. Texas Christian (4-0, 1-0 Big 12)

Turning in the first upset in the Big 12 this season, TCU outlasted Oklahoma for a 37-33 win and entered the top ten. No. 9. TCU can’t revel in this victory for long, as a showdown with Baylor awaits them this weekend. 

3. Kansas State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12)

Lost amongst the noise made by the upset of Oklahoma this week was Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters’ performance against Texas Tech. Waters accounted for 395 total yards and 5 touchdowns in a 45-13 rout of Texas Tech. 

4. Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 Big 12)

The loss to TCU might look bad for the Sooners on paper, but they will have plenty of opportunities to redeem themselves this season as No. 5 Baylor, No. 16 Oklahoma State and No. 17 Kansas State are still on the schedule. 

5. Oklahoma State (4-1, 2-0 Big 12)

The Cowboys seemed to struggle at home last week, racking up seven penalties and Daxx Garman being picked off twice. Oklahoma State did, however, secure 25 first downs and end the game with 400 total yards of offense, as well as a win before playing Kansas next week. 

6. West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12)

The Mountaineers might come in at sixth, but they could easily be higher. Their only losses come from Alabama and Oklahoma, both top five teams when West Virginia played them, and each of those losses was by no more than 12 points. Their schedule will heat up in week 8 when they play ranked opponents three games in a row. 

7. Texas (2-3, 1-1 Big 12)

While Texas fans couldn’t help but smile at Oklahoma’s misfortune, there will be no Longhorn grins this Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma will come out angry, and who else would they want to play after a tough upset loss than their biggest rival?

8. Texas Tech (2-3, 1-1 Big 12)

The Red Raiders have lost three straight games, including a blowout this past weekend to Kansas State,  after starting out 2-0. Quarterback Davis Webb has no problem airing the ball out, as he has 1,603 yards and 16 touchdowns through five games, but the defense is giving up 40 points per game. 

9. Iowa State (1-4, 0-3 Big 12)

They haven’t won a game yet in the Big 12, but the Cyclones haven’t been walked over either. They took Kansas State down to the wire in week two and hung with Oklahoma State this past weekend through the first half, picking off quarterback Daxx Garman twice. 

10. Kansas (2-3, 0-2)

Kansas’ only touchdowns this past weekend were a short run play in the third quarter and a punt return in the fourth quarter. There was no real semblance of any passing game or running game. Not that they weren’t already, but Jayhawk fans are probably counting down the days until basketball season with unbelievable fervor.