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2019 Big 12 Football Power Rankings | Week 4

M. Hofeld

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Week three of the college football season was an impressive showing for the Big 12 as Kansas State may have picked up the conference’s best win with a 31-24 decision at Mississippi State. Kansas, Oklahoma, and TCU also picked up road wins against Power 5 conferences at the Big 12 recorded an overall 7-2 record.

In this week’s power rankings we find consensus with Oklahoma and Texas remaining at #1 and #2. We’re also agreed that Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Kansas are currently the bottom three of the Big 12. Everything else in between those groupings is up for debate among our writers.

Heartland Sports Week 4 Big 12 Power Rankings
RankingPoints
1. Oklahoma50
2. Texas45
3. Oklahoma State35
4. TCU34
5. Baylor30
6. Kansas State29
7. Iowa State22
8. Texas Tech15
9. West Virginia9
10. Kansas6

Mark 

1. Oklahoma |The Sooners had another dominating performance behind Hurts going for 289 yards passing and 150 yards rushing against UCLA. They will have a bye week before they host the Red Raiders the following week

2. Texas | Texas bounced back after a disappointing loss against LSU with a solid win on the road against Rice winning 48-13. The Longhorns host Oklahoma State this weekend to open up conference play.

3. Kansas State | The Wildcats have the best win so far this season in the Big 12 by going on the road and beating a good Mississippi State team. They also have a bye week before going to Stillwater to face the Cowboys which should be a fun one.

4. Baylor

5. Oklahoma State

6. TCU

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | After an abysmal loss against Missouri the previous week, West Virginia went out and took care of business against NC State, winning 44-27. 

10. Kansas | I have no idea if this is the same Kansas team that only managed to score 7 points against Coastal Carolina but they went out and beat Boston College 48-24 with 2 running backs rushing over 100 yards. This Saturday they have their shot to move out of the #10 spot for me as they open up conference play with West Virginia. 

Rich 

1. Oklahoma | Taking to the road for the first time this past weekend, the Sooners continue to put up gaudy numbers. With an unstoppable rushing attack, thanks to Jalen Hurts, the program remains at the top of the power rankings and will remain there until dethroned with a loss in conference play — if that even happens.

2. Texas | Possessing a talented group, specifically on the defensive side of the ball, the secondary continues to struggle in pass defense. Heading into conference play it’s a major concern moving forward. We should know more about this program, and the next one, after a clash in conference next week.

3. Oklahoma State | On paper, the Cowboys look like the second best team in the league. Much like their in-state rival, OSU has been dominant on the ground. Yet, the passing game lacks a consistent enough passer to be considered a top threat at this point. Spencer Sanders should continue to develop but can he prove himself worthy a against Texas this weekend.

4. Baylor

5. TCU

6. Kansas State

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | Inconsistent is the best term to describe this team at the moment. After an embarrassing loss, the Mountaineers bounced back with a win over a power five program. Still there’s plenty left to be desired on both sides of the ball.

10. Kansas | Behind an improbable win over the course of the week, the Jayhawks ended a 48-game losing streak to power five conference members. Needless to say, I’m not sure if it’s just a fluke or not. The jury is still out with Les Miles at the helm. Until proven otherwise, I cannot move KU out of the cellar.

Craig 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners dominated UCLA on the road last weekend to extend their road winning streak to 21. The offense hasn’t skipped a beat from a year ago, and the defense looks promising. Crazy things happen in conference play, but for now Oklahoma looks unstoppable.

2. Texas | The Longhorns dominated Rice in a bounce back game from their loss to LSU a week ago. Sam Ehlinger had the offense rolling, and the defense didn’t allow a score until the fourth quarter. Texas doesn’t seem to be dwelling on their early season loss. 

3. Oklahoma State | The Cowboys got off to another slow start against Tulsa, but absolutely dominated in the second half. These slow starts might hurt them in conference play, but they’ve managed to overcome them thus far. I think the Pokes will be a threat to nearly everyone this season. 

4. TCU

5. Iowa State 

6. Kansas State 

7. Baylor 

8. Texas Tech 

9. Kansas | The Jayhawks might not be the worst team in the Big 12 this year! Is it too early to proclaim that? Kansas had their biggest road win in years last weekend. There’s a lot of football yet to be played, but they to be trending in a good direction. 

10. West Virginia | The Mountaineers have been a let down so far in 2019. While they won this weekend, they’ve still been by far the least impressive team. Quite the opposite of the kind of team West Virginia has had since joining the Big 12. 

Zack 

1. Oklahoma | UCLA didn’t stand a chance to begin with, but the Sooners absolutely destroyed Chip Kelly’s Bruins in Pasadena, and they continue to look like the team to beat in the conference.

2. Texas | One week after the narrow loss to LSU, the Longhorns got back on track with a dominant victory over Rice. The win wasn’t exactly impressive, considering the opponent, but Texas stays at #2 all the same.

3. TCU | The Horned Frogs moved to 2-0 on the season with a convincing victory over Purdue, and while the Boilermakers may not be a juggernaut, this was still a good win on the road against a Big 10 team. 

4. Oklahoma State

5. Kansas State

6. Baylor

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | The Mountaineers once again just barely keep from dropping to #10 for me. Kansas had a big win against Boston College, but West Virginia’s thrashing of NC State was just as impressive, so no change here.

10. Kansas | Beating Boston College was huge for the Jayhawks on a scale much larger than just this season, but the entire Big 12 is doing pretty well for itself, so Kansas isn’t moving from the bottom spot just yet.

Matt 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners passed their first road test of the season with flying colors. Now they’re on to a bye week to fine tune a few things before conference play begins. Might I suggest they continue to look at tackling techniques in the off week?

2. Texas | Come on now, I hate it just as much as you do. The Longhorns have looked impressive this season and seem to be much further along offensively than we expected them to be.

3. TCU | The Frogs were extremely impressive in their 34-13 thumping of Purdue.

4. Baylor

5. Oklahoma State

6. Kansas State

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | Raise your hand if you can figure this team out. I know I can’t!

10. Kansas | Take what I said about West Virginia and apply it here as well.

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