Big 12 Power Poll for the week of November 4 through November 10
Big 12 Power Poll
This season, there appears to be much more equality within the Big 12 conference than in year’s past, but now that we are beyond the mid-point of the year, the Big 12 race is beginning to become more and more clear with each passing week.
With no conference title game this season, the regular season winner takes the conference crown.
As the season begins to wind down, it’s looking more and more like the Kansas State Wildcats are the favorite to capture their first Big 12 title since 2003.
There were some key conference games this weekend, including the Oklahoma State Cowboys' trip to Manhattan, Kansas to take on the No. 2 ranked Kansas State Wildcats and Heisman hopeful (and dare I say frontrunner?) Collin Klein.
The Texas Longhorns headed to Lubbock, an incredibly tough place to play based on recent history, to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders and their new brand of football, while the Oklahoma Sooners looked to rebound from a non-conference loss to Notre Dame as they traveled to Iowa to take on the upset-minded Iowa State Cyclones.
The West Virginia Mountaineers looked to stop their 3-game losing skid as they hosted the TCU Horned Frogs in Morgantown, and the Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks squared off in the battle of the conference’s only two winless teams.
Through 11 weeks of play, there are four teams ranked in the top 25 in the latest BCS poll: Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas Tech.
Rant Sports takes a look at this week’s Big 12 Power Poll.
No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks
Last week: No. 10
The Kansas Jayhawks traveled to Waco over the weekend to take on the only other winless team in the conference, but fell to the Baylor Bears in a game that wasn't really close. The Jayhawks remain 0-6 in the Big 12 this year, and fans in Lawrence have to be happy that college basketball kicks-off this week.
No. 9 Baylor Bears
Last week: No. 9
The Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks met over the weekend for a Homecoming match-up in Waco, pitting the conference's only two winless teams against each other. The Bears were the ones to capture their first conference win of the season with a 41-14 victory over the Jayhawks.
No. 8 Iowa State Cyclones
Last week: No. 7
This Iowa State Cylcones team, despite their conference record, is dangerous. They are certainly not the ISU team of old, and they played the Oklahoma Sooners well over the weekend despite a 15-point loss. Under head-coach Paul Rhoads, this team appears to be headed in the right direction.
No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers
Last week: No. 4
The West Virginia Mountaineers free fall continued this weekend in an 2OT loss at home to the TCU Horned Frogs. They have now lost 3 consecutive conference games, and college football fans are left wondering what happened. When will they be able to finally stop the skid? They have a difficult two weeks ahead as well, traveling to Stillwater to take on the OSU Cowboys, then hosting the top-10 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs
Last week: No. 8
The Horned Frogs move up two-spots in this week's poll after they headed up to West Virginia to take on a very hungry Mountaineers team, and left Morgantown with a narrow, double over-time victory. Though this win doesn't look as impressive as it did a few weeks ago, it is still a very strong win by a young TCU team. This is a squad that, despite some growing pains over the weeks, looks to have a very bright future in the conference. Quarterback Treyvon Boykin is playing well, and as he grows, his team will get even stronger.
No. 5 Texas Tech Red Raiders
Last week: No. 3
The Red Raiders suffered a home loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, but this Tech team is still much improved from recent years. While Seth Doege was outplayed by the Horns' David Ash, he is still a very dangerous quarterback, and the offense is very well-balanced. Though this wasn't their best defensive effort of the season, they still boast one of the Big 12's best on that side of the ball. The Red Raiders will continue to improve under Tommy Tubberville.
No. 4 Oklahoma State Cowboys
Last week: No. 6
The Oklahoma State Cowboys had the daunting task of facing the Kansas State Wildcats on the road this weekend, where, despite a loss, they played a very solid game and gave KSU a bit of a scare. The Cowboys continue to field an explosive and high scoring offense, though there are still some concerns at the QB position due to injuries. They are the only team to lose over the weekend, but still move up in this week's poll. The Cowboys are very well-coached and very talented, and have the ability to pick up a couple of more big wins this season.
No. 3 Texas Longhorns
After a lackluster performance against the Kansas Jayhawks last week, the Texas Longhorns faced a tough road challenge over the weekend against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Horns left Lubbock with what could be a season-changing victory, giving fans a bit more hope than they've had in recent weeks. The Longhorns certainly aren't back to the level they would like to be, but this weekend showed the best defensive performance by the team all season, and David Ash and the offense bounced back with some huge plays.
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners
Last week: No. 2
The Oklahoma Sooners bounced back from their recent non-conference loss to Notre Dame to defeat the Iowa State Cyclones on the road, a game which isn't as easy to win as it used to be, and the Cyclones put up a strong fight. Though this Sooner team may not be as solid as those from the past, they are still, undoubtedly, the No. 2 team in the conference, with their sole conference loss coming at the hands of the KSU Wildcats.
No. 1 Kansas State Wildcats
Last week: No. 1
The Kansas State Wildcats survived a scare by defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys over the weekend, but the bad news for Wildcat fans is that Collin Klein suffered a possible concussion as well as an injured wrist. Will he back this weekend? If not, will it affect his Heisman chances? Will it bring an end to the Wildcat's NC run? Regardless, the Wildcats are playing great football, on both sides, and could arguably be considered the most complete team in the country. If they stay focused, and assuming Klein doesn't miss any time, they will be playing for a national title in January.