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Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys

2019 Big 12 Football Power Rankings | Week 6

M. Hofeld

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Big 12 play is in full swing and last week saw the Iowa State Cyclones take a huge hit to their hopes of making the conference championship game and Oklahoma State make a very loud statement that their title hopes are still alive. Somehow we also saw the Kansas Jayhawks actually get worse.

In our Week 6 rankings we only found consensus in Oklahoma at the top, Texas as #2, and Kansas at #10. Obviously that leaves the door open for a lot of discussion.

Heartland Sports Week 6 Big 12 Power Rankings
RankingPoints
1. Oklahoma50
2. Texas45
3. Oklahoma State39
4. Baylor34
5. Kansas State30
6. TCU26
7. Iowa State20
8. West Virginia17
9. Texas Tech9
10. Kansas5

Mark 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners had an impressive showing against Texas Tech. The OU defense held the Red Raiders on their first 7 third down attempts (TTU was 1/14 on 3rd down attempts all game) although they were playing against a backup QB. OU’s run defense will be tested this week against Kansas but shouldn’t be close as long as they don’t look past the Jayhawks to Texas.

2. Texas | After the bye week, the Longhorns travel to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. This game shouldn’t be close either as long as they remain focused on the Mountaineers instead of the Sooners.

3.Oklahoma State | The Cowboys finally reach my top 3 after a strong showing from the defense and shaking up the offensive line. They still need to find a couple more reliable playmakers outside of Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard. Texas Tech looks continue playing their backup QB so the Cowboys should have another impressive defensive performance.

4. Baylor

5. Kansas State

6. Iowa State

7. TCU

8. West Virginia 

9. Texas Tech | After a poor showing all around last week, I couldn’t keep them ahead West Virginia. OU had their way with them, but I do look for to see how they bounce back this weekend against OSU

10. Kansas | After a disappointing loss to West Virginia, the Jayhawks got blown out 51-14 by TCU and things don’t get any easier with the Sooners coming to town.

Craig 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners looked refreshed coming off of a bye week. I’m not completely sold yet, but the defense looks promising. Oklahoma will be unstoppable if they can maintain a defense.

2. Texas | The Longhorns had a week of rest before heading to Morgantown next weekend. This will be a true test as it falls the week before the Red River Rivalry game.

3. Oklahoma State | Oklahoma State bounced back with a win over a top 25 team in Kansas State. The Cowboys are looking like they will very much be in the conversation for the conference title game.

4. Baylor

5. Kansas State

6. TCU

7. West Virginia

8. Iowa State

9. Texas Tech | Texas Tech started the season strong with two straight wins, but have now lost two in a row. This could be a long season for the Red Raiders.

10. Kansas | Kansas looked very much like the team we’ve seen the last few years and not the team we’ve been seeing this season. These next few weeks will depict how their season will go.

Rich 

1. Oklahoma | On the defensive side of the ball, the Oklahoma Sooners continue to show improvement. With a top tier offensive led by Jalen Hurts, the program plays remains one of two undefeated teams in the conference. However, OU is the reigning Big 12 Champions and appears to be the only elite team in the league. Until another team unseats the Sooners, they’ll hold the top spot for me.

2. Texas | Taking the week off, the Longhorns hold the No. 2 position this week. Claiming the best conference win of the bunch (over OSU) by a narrow margin, questions abound on both sides of the ball for this program. We’ll learn much more about Texas in the coming weeks.

3. Oklahoma State | Handing the KSU Wildcats their first loss of the season, O-State is on the rise in the national rankings. For several weeks, I’ve believed the Cowboys we’re clearly the third best team in the conference. Now, they’re living up to the billing. Has OSU hit the pinnacle of their season? That’s the only question left unanswered as conference play is a different monster.

4. Baylor

5. Kansas State

6.  TCU

7. Iowa State

8. West Virginia

9. Texas Tech | The loss of Alan Bowman has set the Red Raiders back in a significant way. Forced to rely on two other quarterbacks, TTU must hit the reset button and utilize the strengths of the duo. If the coaching staff cannot solve the riddle, it’s going to be a long road through conference play.

10. Kansas – Surrendering over 50 points to the anemic offense that is TCU is not a good look for the Jayhawks. While it’s no surprise that KU sits at the bottom of the list, many expected to see immediate improvement under Les Miles. Guess the fan base will have to wait a little longer.

Zack 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners dominated the Red Raiders in every facet of the game. The offense racked up points with ease, and the defense continues to look much improved from a season ago. 

2. Texas | A week off for the Longhorns keeps them at #2. They’ll likely roll over West Virginia this weekend.

3. Oklahoma State | The Cowboys held on at home to defeat Kansas State, and while the red zone offense continues to struggle, Jim Knowles deserves credit after some defensive adjustments. 

4. Kansas State

5. TCU

6. Baylor

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | A week off keeps the Mountaineers at no. 9. The win over Kansas may be the only thing that keeps them from no. 10 all season long.

10. Kansas | Les Miles is going to need more than one season to turn things around in Lawrence. It appears to be as bad as ever for the Jayhawks.

Matt 

1. Oklahoma | The story here seems to be that folks are still skeptical about the defense. I get that, and I think I’m in that boat as well, but how can you not be sold on this offense being the best in the country?

2. Texas | Bye Week

3. Baylor | The Bears passed a big test by holding off a furious Iowa State fourth-quarter rally to remain undefeated.

4. Oklahoma State

5. TCU

6. Kansas State

7. Iowa State

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | Bye Week

10. Kansas | The Jayhawks were shutout for three quarters, and managed just 159 total yards, on Saturday and then saw their leading running back leave the team on Monday.

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