Big 12 football power rankings


Then-senior tight end E.J. Bibbs gave Iowa State a 30-23 lead in the fourth quarter by completing a five-yard pass for a touchdown. Bibbs received for a total of 33 yards for the game. Iowa State’s homecoming game against Toledo on Oct. 11, 2014, ended in a victory for the Cyclones, 37-30.

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1. No. 4 Baylor (6-0, 3-0)

Quarterback Bryce Petty and Baylor showed why they are the best in the Big 12 this weekend in a ridiculous 61-58 last-second victory against TCU. Petty completed 28 passes for 510 yards and six touchdowns, bringing his season totals to 1,534 yards passing and 15 touchdowns.

2. No. 12 TCU (4-1, 1-1)

The Horned Frogs nearly knocked off TCU and despite getting burned by Petty in the second half, the defense did get two picks on the day. A win against the Sooners combined with last week’s performance keeps the Horned Frogs above the competition.

3. No. 11 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1)

The Sooners got back on the winning track this week after being upended by TCU in week five and their offense continues to roll, averaging 40.5 points per game. Those aren’t Baylor numbers, but they’re still pretty good. 

4. No. 14 Kansas State (4-1, 2-0)

Kansas State is coming off a bye and they’ll need the extra time to prepare for this weekend when they head to Norman. Quarterback Jake Waters is averaging 305.2 total yards per game and last time he saw the field he finished with 395 total yards and five touchdowns.

5. No. 15 Oklahoma State (5-1, 3-0)

Oklahoma State has looked promising at times this season, but the last two weeks have proved troublesome for the fifteenth ranked team in the nation. The Cowboys nearly dropped one to Kansas this past weekend and it was close against Iowa State the previous weekend. 

6. West Virginia (4-2, 2-1)

If West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen didn’t know his kicker before, he certainly knows who he is now. Josh Lambert has kicked two game winners this season after launching a 55-yard field goal to down Texas Tech this past weekend. 

7. Texas (2-4, 1-2)

Texas has quietly been one of the best defensive teams in the nation, especially considering their last two games have come against Oklahoma and Baylor. Texas ranks third in passing yards allowed, 10th in sacks and 17th in total defense. 

8. Texas Tech (2-4, 0-3)

The Red Raiders can’t seem to catch a break. Their fourth straight loss came at the hands of West Virginia off a 55-yard field goal as the seconds ticked down to zero. This weekend will be pivotal for both Texas Tech and Kansas, as both teams square off against each other and try to stay afloat for bowl eligibility. 

9. Iowa State (2-4, 0-3)

The only team not to play a conference opponent, the Cyclones defeated Toledo 37-30 at home, upping their overall record to 2-4. Playing Texas this weekend will be a good benchmark to gauge where the Cyclones are at heading down the final stretch of the season.

10. Kansas (2-4, 0-3)

Kansas nearly pulled an upset at home this past weekend, but with no eye-popping stats, it’s worth wondering if the Cowboys nearly beat themselves.