As your college football Saturday gets underway, here’s how we have the Big 12 ranked going into week 12.
Heartland’s Week 12 Big 12 Football Power Rankings
|Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||TCU||Oklahoma State|
|West Virginia||West Virginia||West Virginia||West Virginia|
|Iowa State||Iowa State||Iowa State||Iowa State|
|Kansas State||Kansas State||Kansas State||Kansas State|
|Texas Tech||Texas Tech||Texas Tech||Texas Tech|
You know things are starting to come together when you pretty much have consensus across the board. The only thing we don’t all completely agree on this week is the second place spot. Rich is placing TCU there while the rest of the gang has Oklahoma State. The easiest way to end this debate would be to simply ask Rich if he’d rather see Oklahoma play TCU or Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship. I did that on our weekly podcast and the answer makes it clear that he really thinks OSU is better than TCU.
Here are a few thoughts on our rankings.
After a huge win in Norman against the Horned Frogs, the Sooners proved to be the number one team in the conference. Oklahoma State seems to be right behind the Sooners, and they certainly seem like the most dangerous offense only behind Oklahoma’s. TCU rounds out the top 3. While they aren’t the number two team, the Horned Frogs will likely find their way to the Big 12 Championship to rematch the Sooners.
No movement at all from last week in the bottom two. Baylor edged their way ahead of Kansas after a head to head victory a couple weeks ago. The only way we will see change down here is if the Bears pick up another win and Texas Tech keeps losing. The Red Raiders aren’t too far from that 9th spot.
There’s no denying Oklahoma as the top team in the conference at this point. They’ll try to hold serve against Kansas and West Virginia before a rematch with either Oklahoma State or TCU in the conference championship game. The top three in the conference fall in that order, in my opinion, with West Virginia just on the outside.
Things are pretty clear at the bottom of the conference as well. Kansas clearly lives in the cellar with Baylor just above them. The only question here is where Texas Tech and Kansas State are going to fall in regards to the #8 spot.
The Oklahoma Sooners clearly separated themselves from the rest of the pack with a convincing win over the TCU Horned Frogs. Not only does the win put OU in sole possession of first place, it also gives them a direct line to the Conference Championship Game — barring any disasters.
In reality, TCU and Oklahoma State could be 2a and 2b. Posting impressive resumes, the difference maker is in the head-to-head match up. Knowing TCU owns the tiebreaker in this instance forces them slightly ahead of the Cowboys.
At the bottom of the heap, Texas Tech continues to fall. After starting the season on a 4-0 run, the Red Raiders have gone 1-5. It doesn’t bode well for the program or Kliff Kingsbury. It’s unlikely they’ll fall below Baylor or Kansas at this point though.
Atop the Big 12, the Sooners stand alone with only one conference loss. Barring an epic collapse against Kansas and West Virginia, Oklahoma will be playing in the Big 12 Championship Game…..and likely for a spot in the College Football playoff.
Head-to-head matters, and TCU beat Oklahoma State early in conference play, but recently bias is a thing. The Horned Frogs were destroyed by the Sooners this last weekend, while the Cowboys managed to squeak out a win in Ames.
Losing to Oklahoma hurts TCU’s chances of getting into the Big 12 Championship game, but they control their own destiny at this point. They’ve got some pretty significant injuries ahead of their matchup with Texas Tech, so that could be a make or break game for the Horned Frogs.
The Bears put up a noble effort in an attempt to get their second win of the season, but the Red Raiders were too much for Baylor to handle. At least they’re not Kansas, right?
Personally, I was hoping for another upset over Texas, but that wasn’t going to happen this year. The only positive note for the Jayhawks is that their season is almost over.
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