There wasn’t a lot of movement in our power poll this week. The top three in the poll stay the same but Iowa State has now moved in on the top half of the league. There’s no denying the Cyclones belong there after the last three weeks they’ve had, but can they stay there?
The No Love Award this week belongs to Craig who still has Baylor at #10. I know the Bears are winless on the season but they’ve taken Oklahoma and West Virginia to the wire and are still showing a lot of fight. Meanwhile, Kansas hasn’t scored a point in their last nine quarters of football.
Craig and Rich are still in line for the Homer Award this week for having the Sooners at #2. However, they possibly have a bit more merit this week after Oklahoma State’s offensive struggles in Austin.
Our Too Harsh Award this week is going to Rich and Craig as well for having Kansas State ranked one spot behind Texas Tech at #8. Both teams are riding a losing streak but, after what we saw from the Red Raiders on Saturday I’m not sure that we can put them ahead of anyone other than Kansas and Baylor.
Consensus Big 12 Football Power Rankings
|Oklahoma State||34||At Texas/W 13-10||2|
|Oklahoma||34||At Kansas State/W 42-35||2|
|Iowa State||28||At Texas Tech/W 31-13||6|
|West Virginia||24||At Baylor/W 38-36||4|
|Texas||20||Oklahoma State/L 13-10||5|
|Texas Tech||14||Iowa State/L 31-13||7|
|Kansas State||14||Oklahoma/ L 42-35||8|
|Baylor||7||West Virginia/L 38-36||9|
|Kansas||5||At TCU/L 43-0||10|
IOWA STATE WINS!
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) October 21, 2017
The Horned Frogs stay at the top of my rankings this week as the only undefeated team in the Big 12. They also have the best conference win against the Pokes. TCU has it going on both sides of the ball. Their offense isn’t the only thing they’ve got, their defense pitched a shutout last week.
The Sooners and the Cowboys round out my top 3 again this week. Neither team played super impressive last week, but they both managed to squeak out wins. The offense for Oklahoma State struggled, but the defense had one of their best performances of the season. As for the Sooners, they’re gonna need to figure out how to play well for all four quarters.
Nothing new once again at the bottom of my rankings this week. The Jayhawks and the Bears are both having terrible seasons. The good news is one of these teams are guaranteed to have a conference win after this week when they face each other on Saturday. This may be Baylor’s only chance to get out of the bottom spot.
TCU is still top dog until someone proves otherwise. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State won ugly road games and Iowa State becomes the team that everyone is keeping an eye on. The Cyclones have the chance to turn the conference on its head once again this weekend when they host the Horned Frogs.
Baylor and Kansas are still in the basement and I’m giving up hope on the Jayhawks. The Bears proved they’ve still got some fight left in them when they fell a 2-pt conversion shy of pushing the Mountaineers to overtime. On the other hand I see no fight left in the Jayhawks.
In a turn of events for my rankings, the records align nearly perfectly with where each program falls this week. At the top of the pecking order, the Horned Frogs continued their dominance over conference foes. Posting a shutout win over Kansas proves little. But TCU remains the only unbeaten in the conference while looking to score a ticket to the CFP.
Last week, Oklahoma lost ground in my mind after the numerous fast starts and slow finishes. That idea was turned on its head as the Sooners started slow and exploded in the second half. A few mishaps kept the KSU Wildcats in the hunt. Good programs find a way to win on the road, and that exactly what OU was able to do this weekend.
On the other hand, Oklahoma State lost any ground they were making on the programs above. Labeled as the most explosive offense in the country, OSU failed to produce points. One touchdown and two field goals shows this program can be limited. It was the defense that saved the day with a game ending interception. Maybe this offense is human after all…
At the bottom, Baylor and Kansas remain. While I believe the Bears have more threats than the Jayhawks, the argument will be settled once and for all this upcoming weekend.
Destroying Kansas is not really that impressive anymore, but the Horned Frogs are still undefeated, and they haven’t really even come close to losing. They’re the real deal.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Cowboys are the first football program EVER to beat Texas in Austin five years in a row. That means something.
Winning in Manhattan is always a challenge, and despite a pretty bad first half, the Sooners dominated after halftime and came away with a win.
The winless streak continues, and the Bears host the Longhorns in Waco on Saturday. Texas has struggled this season, but after two narrow losses, it wouldn’t surprise me if they run Baylor out of their own stadium.
TCU is really good, and the Jayhawks are not, so Saturday was rough for Kansas fans. Kansas State is in town this weekend, but Kansas shouldn’t get too excited about the rivalry game.
Heartland’s Week 9 Big 12 Football Power Rankings
|Oklahoma||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma||Oklahoma State|
|Oklahoma State||Oklahoma||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma|
|Iowa State||Iowa State||Iowa State||Iowa State|
|West Virginia||West Virginia||West Virginia||West Virginia|
|Texas Tech||Kansas State||Texas Tech||Kansas State|
|Kansas State||Texas Tech||Kansas State||Texas Tech|
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