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Big 12 Power Poll for October 7-13, 2012

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Big 12 Power Poll

Big 12 Power Poll
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With most Big 12 teams in action over the weekend, the Rant Sports Big 12 Power Poll rankings have changed quite a bit for the week of October 8-13.

There were some key match-ups in the Big 12 this week, including the West Virginia Mountaineers vs. the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners vs. the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Which teams escaped with a victory over the weekend?

It's still early in the season, so the race or the Big 12 title is still wide open, though each week it becomes more clear which teams will rise to the top.

It is very likely this year, however, that the winner of the Big 12 may not go undefeated in conference play. The conference is much more competitive than it has been in recent memory.

Will the newcomers from West Virginia survive to remain undefeated throughout conference play? Or will the Kansas State Wildcats be the last team standing?

Will the Texas Longhorns or the Oklahoma Sooners sneak in with just one conference loss?

What about the Oklahoma State Cowboys? Is it too early to count them out?

From the looks of things and the parity that exists in the conference this year, things are shaping up to be quite interesting over the next month.

The season, however, is still young and there is lots of football left to be played.

Here's a look at each team and where they stand within the Big 12 rankings.

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No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks

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Last week: No. 10

The Kansas Jayhawks faced the monumental task of taking on in-state rivals, the Kansas State Wildcats, in Manhattan. Though the Jayhawks put up a strong fight in the first half, the Wildcats pulled away in the end with an embarrassing 56-16 loss, leaving the Jayhawks winless in the conference.

KU fans are counting off the days until basketball begins.

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No. 9 TCU Horned Frogs

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Last week: No. 6

It hasn't been a good week for TCU. After starting quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely for a DUI incident, the remainder of the Horned Frogs' first season in the Big 12 is up in the air. They were defeated by the visitingIowa State Cyclones over the weekend by a score of 37-23. With Pachall, TCU is ranked much higher in the Rant Sports Power Poll, but until he returns, if he does at all, they will likely remain towards the bottom of the conference rankings.

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No. 8 Iowa State Cyclones

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Last week: No. 9

The Iowa State Cyclones may have benefitted from a reeling TCU team that was without their starting quarterback; nonetheless, the Cyclones did all that was asked of them in defeating the then-top 20 TCU Horned Frogs at their house by a respectable score of 37-23.

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No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Last week: No. 6

Though many felt that the Red Raiders could upset the Oklahoma Sooners in Lubbock over the weekend, it wasn't meant to be. The Sooners ended their nine-year winless skid in Lubbock by defeating the Red Raiders in a lop-sided 41-20 victory.

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No. 6 Baylor Bears

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Last week: No. 8

The Baylor Bears had the weekend off, but still managed to jump up two spots in our Power Poll with huge losses from TCU and Texas Tech. The Bears may be a long-shot to win the conference, but with their explosive offense, stranger things have happened. Still, they would definitely face an incredibly tough road.

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No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Last week: No. 5

Oklahoma State had the weekend off, yet they remain No. 5 in our Big 12 rankings. The Cowboys are a bit of a dark horse in the Big 12 race this season, but with one of the best offenses in the country, they shouldn't be counted out of it just yet.

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No. 4 Texas Longhorns

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Last week: No. 3

The Longhorns fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers by three points in a wild, roller coaster of a game on Saturday. Though Texas fans are obviously disappointed to let the game slip away, for the first time in two seasons, the future is looking bright for the Longhorns. If they can manage to run the table, a difficult task with the Sooners looming this weekend in Dallas, with a little help they could still be very much in the race.

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No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners

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Last week: No. 4

The Oklahoma Sooners traveled to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in what many thought could be an upset. The Sooners had other plans, however, as they dominated the Red Raiders to the tune of 41-20, giving OU their first win in Lubbock since 2003.

The Sooners are still in the thick of things, despite a loss to KSU a few weeks ago, but they face arch-rival Texas in the Red River Rivalry this Saturday.

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No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats

Scott Sewell: US Presswire

Last week: No. 1

Though the KSU Wildcats got off to a slow start against their in-state rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks, they opened it up in the second half winning the game by a dominating score of 56-16. Though it's tough to drop a team that won by 40 points, the Mountaineers beat a top 10 team on the road, so they get the nod for the No. 1 spot over the Wildcats this week. The race very well could come down to this match-up.

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No. 1 West Virginia Mountaineers

Tim Heltman: US Presswire

Last week: No. 2

The Mountaineers traveled to Austin, Texas to take on the Texas Longhorns over the weekend in their first road game as a member of the Big 12.

In what was probably the most exciting match-up of the week, the Mountaineers outlasted the Longhorns by a score of 48-45. Of note, it was the largest crowd ever to watch a football game in Texas with over 101,000 fans in attendance.

The Mountaineers and Geno Smith have a strong chance of running the table with KSU and OU traveling to Morgantown. Will they win the Big 12 during their first season in the conference? Will we see them in the BCS title game as well?