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2019 Big 12 Football Power Rankings | Week 14 – A Shift In The Middle

M. Hofeld

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With one week remaining in the regular season the Big 12 championship game is set. Oklahoma will face Baylor for the crown and everyone else is just jockeying for bowl status.

Texas was the only team to drop in this week’s rankings. The Longhorns are down two spots from last week, paving the way for TCU and Kansas State to bump up one spot each.

Heartland Sports Week 14 Big 12 Power Rankings

RankingPoints
1. Oklahoma50
2. Baylor45
3. Oklahoma State40
4. Iowa State34
5. TCU27
6. Kansas State 26
7. Texas 22
8. West Virginia14
9. Texas Tech12
10. Kansas5

Mark 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners had another close victory at home following a big first half lead of 21-0 but the defense stepped up with only giving up 204 yard of offense. 

2. Baylor | The Bears rebounded nicely against Texas at home while clinching a spot in the Big 12 Championship to face the Sooners.

3. Oklahoma State | Dru Brown had his first start as a Cowboy. It wasn’t the prettiest but they came out with the victory on the road in Morgantown. 

4. Iowa State

5. Kansas State

6. TCU

7. Texas

8. West Virginia

9. Kansas | KU gave Iowa State everything they wanted in Ames but the Cyclones pulled it out in the end. There’s definitely a lot of positives from this season that Les Miles can build on.  

10. Texas Tech | The Red Raiders nearly came back and beat the Wildcats but will finish the season on the road against a struggling Texas team (who is not back). 

Craig 

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners barely escaped with a win yet again this week. They’re the best team in the conference, but they’ll need to play with more consistency in order to win out.

2. Baylor | The Bears bounced back in a big way with a blowout win over Texas. There’s no doubt they are ready for a rematch with the Sooners in a couple of weeks.

3. Oklahoma State | Despite not having their starting QB, the Pokes found a way to win on the road in Morgantown. Although it wasn’t pretty, winning is all that matters in November.

4. Iowa State

5. Kansas State

6. TCU

7. Texas

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | West Virginia has played a lot better in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, it’s a little too late for the Mountaineers.

10. Kansas | No one can deny the improvements made my the Jayhawks this year. It seems like Kansas might actually be heading in the right direction.

Rich 

1. Oklahoma | While many want to knock the program for the number of close wins, the truth is that good teams find a way to win. If the Sooners are able to limit the number of turnovers lost, the conversation quickly becomes a moot point. Until something changes, Oklahoma remains the favorite to win the conference.

2. Baylor | Behind a renewed passion on the defensive side of the ball, the Bears are the surprise team in the league. Standing 7-1, Matt Rhule secured a spot in the Championship Game two years removed from a 1-11 record. That’s quite impressive.

3. Oklahoma State | Despite playing without Spencer Sanders and Tylan Wallace, the Cowboys produced a win on the road. It’s Chuba Hubbard drawing much of the attention and defenses simply cannot stop him.

4. Iowa State

5. Kansas State

6. Texas

7. TCU

8. Texas Tech

9. West Virginia | The Mountaineers may have found a quarterback to sling the ball around. However, WVU must find a way to win close games in order to climb out of the cellar.

10. Kansas | At 1-7 in conference play, Les Miles certainly has his work cut out for him moving forward.

Zack 

1. Oklahoma | Another close call for the Sooners, but they keep on winning. I still believe they have a chance to make the College Football Playoff.

2. Baylor | The Bears rebounded from last week’s loss to the Sooners with a pretty dominant win over the Longhorns. Baylor’s season isn’t over. They could still sneak into the College Football Playoff.

3. Oklahoma State | The Cowboys have really turned things around since embarrassing losses to Texas Tech and Baylor. If they manage to cap off the regular season with a Bedlam victory, consider this season a complete victory for Mike Gundy.

4. TCU

5. Iowa State

6. Texas

7. West Virginia

8. Kansas State

9. Texas Tech | The losses continue to pile up, but they’re at least close.

10. Kansas | Yes, I know they beat the Red Raiders a few weeks back, but the Jayhawks aren’t even really close to getting wins right now.

Matt 

1. Oklahoma | Another week and another win for the turnover prone Sooners. We’re two weeks away from learning Oklahoma’s ultimate fate for the season.

2. Baylor | The Bears did exactly what every Oklahoma fan wanted them to do. They beat Texas into submission.

3. Oklahoma State | A new quarterback is under center for the Cowboys but the result was still a win in Morgantown. Now the Pokes get ready for the biggest game of the season as they host Oklahoma this weekend for the Bedlam clash.

4. Iowa State

5. TCU

6. Kansas State

7. Texas

8. West Virginia

9. Texas Tech | The Red Raiders were close to pulling the upset over Kansas State on Saturday but fell short by a field goal.

10. Kansas | Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns on the struggling Jayhawk secondary. Les Miles has one more shot at an upset this weekend when KU hosts Baylor.

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