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Week 14 Big 12 Power Rankings | Championship Edition

M. Hofeld

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It’s hard to believe that we’re finally here. Another college football season is almost in the books and we have finally seen the conference shape up to just two contenders left for the title. Oklahoma and Texas will face off Saturday for the Big 12 championship and these rankings will either look exactly identical next week or the #1 and #2 spots will be swapped.

 Heartland Sports Week Fourteen Big 12 Power Rankings
Ranking Points
1. Oklahoma 40
2. Texas 35
3. West Virginia 32
4. Iowa State 29
5. TCU 24
6. Baylor 20
6. Kansas State 14
8. Oklahoma State 13
9. Texas Tech 9
10. Kansas 4

Zack
1. Oklahoma | Defense or no, the Sooners are the best in the conference, and it’ll take a miracle from Texas to have a chance in the Big 12 Championship this Saturday.

2. West Virginia | No appearance in the Big 12 Championship game is disappointing, but I still think they’re right behind OU in talent.

3. Texas | The Longhorns better play a lot better this week than they did on Saturday against Kansas unless they want to be embarrassed in their first chance at a Big 12 title in nearly a decade.

4. Iowa State

5. TCU

6. Baylor

7. Oklahoma State

8. Kansas State

9. Texas Tech | The season looked so promising at one point. Time to move into the post-Kliff Kingsbury era.

10. Kansas | At least they put up a fight against Texas. Welcome back to the Big 12, Les Miles.

Rich
1. Oklahoma | Continuing to put up video game like numbers on the scoreboard, the Oklahoma defense remains the center of the conversation even though the D scored 14 points on Friday. It may not be pretty but Oklahoma is the only one loss program in the conference. It’s hard to knock this group down a notch based upon the fact that any challenger already has three losses…

2. Texas | After struggling for a few years under Charlie Strong, the Longhorns are clearly on the rise. A seven point win over the Kansas Jayhawks may not look impressive on paper, but is secured a spot in the Big 12 Championship game. That single fact alone is enough to pull Texas up to No. 2 this week.

3. West Virginia | With Will Grier at the helm, the offense posted enough points to win any game. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t get the stops needed to secure a win over the no. 1 porgram in the conference. The defeat pushes WVU down a spot this week.

4. Iowa State

5. TCU

6. Baylor

7. Oklahoma State

8. Kansas State

9. Texas Tech | Kliff Kingsbury’s firing tells the story of the season. Failing to acheive bowl eligibility after a loss to Baylor solidifies TTU’s spot toward the bottom of the pack.

10. Kansas | It appears as though there’s talent on the roster in Lawrence and David Beaty deserves much of the credit for the improvements. Although the coach finished the season with the program, the university won’t retain him. The only thing keeping this team at the bottom is a lack of wins.

Craig
1. Oklahoma | The Sooners escaped defeat in Morgantown with a three point victory over the Mountaineers. Winning big games on the road is crucial when you want to be considered in the playoff discussion. If Oklahoma can beat Texas in the Big 12 Championship they might have a solid argument for a spot in the playoffs.

2. Texas | The Longhorns took the long road to the conference championship game. Even with three losses on the season, Texas is ranked #9 in the AP poll. This will make for the first top 10 match up between Texas and Oklahoma in many years. We will find out who really owns the Big 12 this weekend.

3. West Virginia | West Virginia had one of the top offenses all season long. Unfortunately, their defense wasn’t good enough to win out. The Mountaineers lost two games in conference play, but are without a doubt still in the top 3.

4. Iowa State

5. TCU

6. Baylor

7. Kansas State

8. Oklahoma State

9. Texas Tech | Just when you thought Kliff Kingsbury had saved his job with the way the season started, the Red Raiders lost their final 5 games of the season. Texas Tech had five wins at the beginning of the losing streak, meaning they only needed one more to become bowl eligible. Just a horrible end to the season for Texas Tech.

10. Kansas | Kansas football may be taking a turn in the right direction next season. They sure did end this season strong by competing with both Oklahoma and Texas. Les Miles will be bringing in new recruits, new schemes, and new energy. I’m excited to see where this Jayhawks team is next season.

Matt
1. Oklahoma | The Sooners have the best record in the Big 12 and are knocking on the door of the playoffs. The only things standing in their way now is the Texas Longhorns.

2. Texas | I’m not a fan of handing out credit to Texas but you really have to this year. Texas did what they needed to do in order to reach the Big 12 championship game. That exceeds most to the preseason expectations.

3. Iowa State | What Matt Campbell is doing at Iowa State is just amazing. The Cyclones had better be ready to write some big checks in the not so distant future.

4. West Virginia

5. TCU

6. Baylor

7. Kansas State

8. Texas Tech

9. Oklahoma State | It’s unbelievable the Pokes are right here. You can’t argue the point though. They finished 3-6 in conference and the only lower-tier team they beat was Kansas. Mike Gundy and company have some soul searching to do.

10. Kansas | Hey, Les Miles is here!!!

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