Big 12 Power Poll for the week October 28 to November 3
Big 12 Power Poll: October 28 to November 3
Nine weeks into the college football season, the Big 12 conference picture is beginning to take shape, at least at the top and the bottom. Things are a bit murkier in the middle.
Over the weekend, 8 out of the Big 12’s ten teams competed in conference play.
The Oklahoma Sooners took on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a non-conference match-up, while the West Virginia Mountaineers, who are still reeling from two strait blow-out losses, had the weekend off to regroup and try to find a way to get back on track.
There weren’t a lot of surprises within the conference over the weekend, with the higher ranked teams winning all of the match-ups.
Both the Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have suffered just one loss in conference play, while the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Texas Longhorns all have two conference losses. Iowa State Cyclones and the TCU Horned Frogs both have three Big 12 losses, and the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks both remain winless in conference play.
But it’s becoming more and more clear that this year’s Big 12 Title is there for the taking for the Kansas State Wildcats, who remain the conference’s only undefeated team. With the Wildcats garnering more and more national attention each week, could the next National Champion come from the Big 12 conference? They are certainly playing some of the best, most consistent, and most balanced football in the country, and as of right now, senior quarterback Collin Klein should be in the driver’s seat for this year’s Heisman Tropy.
With five weeks left in the regular season, here’s a look at this week’s Big 12 Power Poll.
No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks
Last week: No. 10
It looked briefly like the Kansas Jayhawks would pick up their first conference win over the Texas Longhorns this weekend, but much like their close loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys a few weeks ago, it wasn't meant to be as the Horns escaped with 21-17 come-from-behind victory.
No. 9 Baylor Bears
Last week: No. 9
After falling to the Iowa State Cyclones over the weekend, the Baylor Bears are 0-4 in the Big 12 this year. After one of their most successful years in school history behind RGIII last season, are the Bears going back to being, well....the Baylor Bears? They have a great offense, but they have a bad defense that stands out in a league known for poor defenses. Until Art Briles decides to make that a focal point of the rebuilding process, the Bears won't be much of a conference threat.
No. 8 TCU Horned Frogs
Last week: No. 7
After jumping out to a strong start against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, the Horned Frogs allowed 36 answered Cowboy points. What's worse for the Horned Frogs is that quarterback Trevone Boykin, who had been playing well since taking over for the dismissed Casey Pachall, limped off the field with a knee injury. There have been no updates about his status. If they have to play without him, TCU will have a very tough road ahead of them.
No. 7 Iowa State Cyclones
Last week: No. 8
The Cyclones have moved up a spot in this week's rankings after they defeated the Baylor Bears on Saturday by a score of 35-21. What's most astounding about that is that ISU only gave up 21 points to one of the best offenses in the country. The Cyclones are not a bad football team, and still may rake up some big wins over the next few weeks, however, they will have to do it without their best player, Jake Knott, who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the win.
No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Last week: No. 6
Despite losing starting QB J.W. Walsh for the season, Wes Lunt, returning to the line-up for the first time since his injury, led the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 36-14 victory over the Horned Frogs. Though they started out in a 14-0 hole, the Cowboys answered with 36 unanswered points, pulling out the victory.
One could argue that the Cowboys are playing well enough to move up in the standings this week, jumping the stagnant Longhorns and possibly even the reeling Mountaineers, but their home-loss to Texas earlier this season keeps them just behind the Horns this week. They will get more chances to prove themselves this season.
No. 5 Texas Longhorns
Last week: No. 5
Texas didn't look good on Saturday, as they escaped from Lawrence with a 21-17 win over the Jayhawks, but in the Horns' defense, the match-up had all the signs of a classic trap game.
David Ash didn't play well, however, back-up Case McCoy came in and led the team to a come-from-behind victory.
The Longhorns are not playing good football right now, but get the slight nod over the Cowboys because of their head-to-head win.
No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers
Last week: No. 4
The Mountaineers had a bye weekend, which is a good thing for the team after losing two straight games in embarrassing fashion. However, they have a chance to right the ship on Saturday when the also ailing TCU Horned Frogs come to town.
No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Last week: No. 3
Despite their lopsided loss at the hands of the KSU Wildcats over the weekend, Tech remains No. 3 in this week's Power Poll. They played them closely for a half before the Wildcats took over in the 3rd quarter. This is a solid Tech team that is playing well on both sides of the ball. Their loss to KSU was simply a loss to a better team. Tech isn't finished yet.
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners
Last week: No. 2
The Sooners fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish over the weekend, but they still have just won conference loss which came at the hands of the Wildcats. The Sooners are still in the Big 12 hunt, but it they would have to win out and KSU would have to lose twice - something that is looking less likely each week.
No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats
Last week: No. 1
The Kansas State Wildcats are continuing to whip through the competition. Though the Texas Tech Red Raiders hung with them for a half, the Wildcats broke it open in the end, defeating Tech by a score of 55-24.
The Wildcats are far and away the best team in the conference, among the best in the country, and have arguably the best coach in college football in Bill Snyder. If the season were to end today, they would deserve a spot in the BCS title game, and Collin Klein would have to be the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.