Big 12 football rankings: Oklahoma is No. 1
The Big 12 hierarchy still isn’t clear. Does unbeaten Baylor belong in a class with OU and Texas? Maybe. Is the middle so crowded that the likes of Texas Tech and West Virginia belong? Maybe. Is the bottom better than it’s been in a decade? Probably.
Not a lot of answers. But that’s what the season is for. Here are the latest Big 12 rankings, and remember, these are based not on what I think will happen, but on what I know HAS happened. Who have you played, where did you play and how did you do?
1. Oklahoma 5-0, 2-0: Here are the nuances of a college football season. OU’s rout of Texas Tech looks more impressive after the Red Raiders spanked OSU. Texas’ home victory over OSU doesn’t look quite as spiffy, after the Cowboys’ performance in Lubbock.
2. Texas 4-1, 2-0: Still a solid resume’ for the Longhorns, with that early loss to LSU not being the least bit shameful.
3. Baylor 5-0, 2-0: Winning at Kansas State was good, but the Wildcats are tumbling down the Big 12 rankings.
4. Texas Tech 3-2, 1-1: Do I think Tech is the fourth-best team in the Big 12? Of course not. I still think there’s a decent chance the Red Raiders are the worst team in the Big 12. Look at it this way; the Red Raiders won the turnover game 5-0 against OSU, yet won just 45-35 and was sort of hanging on at the end. And Tech’s two losses (OU, Arizona) came to teams a combined 9-1.
5. Iowa State 3-2, 1-1: The Cyclones looked strong routing TCU. Their two defeats were by a total of three points to teams (Baylor and Iowa) with a combined one defeat.
6. Oklahoma State 4-2, 1-2: The Cowboys a week ago seemed a good candidate to be the third-best team in the Big 12. Now they might be 4-4 going into November.
7. TCU 3-2, 1-1: The Horned Frogs’ loss to SMU doesn’t look so bad now that the Mustangs are a top-25 team. But the Frogs’ victory at Purdue looks worse and worse, with the Boilermakers skidding.
8. West Virginia 3-2, 1-1: Why WVU over Kansas State? The Mountaineers have one more Power 5 Conference victory than does KSU, and the Wildcats’ win at Mississippi State isn’t looking as strong.
9. Kansas State 3-2, 0-2: The ‘Cats have gone from the top 25 to a team that will have to scramble to make a bowl.
10. Kansas 2-4, 0-3: The Jayhawks aren’t bad. They could win a couple of conference games for the first time in more than a decade.