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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 7

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These rankings are based loosely on the actual outcome of games mixed with a heavy dose of personal bias. Argue at your own peril.

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1) #20 Oklahoma Sooners – Record, 3-2 (2-0)

Last Week – Beat Texas 45-40

A strong third quarter propelled Baker Mayfield, who grew up in the Austin area, to his first victory in three tries against the Longhorns as the Sooners held on for a 45-40 win in Dallas.

Next Three - K-State, @Texas Tech, KU

2) #13 Baylor Bears – Record, 5-0 (2-0)

Last Week – Made more denials

Allegations made that Baylor’s football team was involved in a Bye Week last weekend were quickly covered up by the university. No box scores were filed.

Next Three – Kansas, @Texas, TCU

3) #22 West Virginia Mountaineers – Record, 4-0 (1-0)

Last Week – Got into the Moonshine a bit

The Mountaineers took the opportunity last weekend to head into the hills, check their distilleries, and celebrate not losing for the fifth consecutive week.

Next Three – @TTU, TCU, @Oklahoma State

4) Oklahoma State Cowboys – Record, 4-2 (2-1)

Last Week – Beat Iowa State 38-31

The Cowboys, after studying last week’s Iowa State/Baylor film, followed a similar blueprint allowing the Cyclones to exhaust themselves offensively through the first three quarters before dramatically stealing the victory from the tired grasp of their opponent.

Next Three – @Kansas, West Virginia, @K-State

5) TCU Horned Frogs – Record, 4-2 (2-1)

Last Week – Beat Kansas 24-23

I have a serious question to ask you, the reader. Is TCU good or not?

The Horned Frogs seemingly have a difficult time preparing for KU’s raucous crowds, having won the last three meetings by only a combined 11 points.

Next Three – @West Virginia, Texas Tech, @Baylor

6) Texas Tech Red Raiders – Record, 3-2 (1-1)

Last Week – Lost to K-State 44-38

Texas Tech might one day challenge the Big 12 elite for the conference crown; if they ever figure out how to play defense.

Next Three – West Virginia, Oklahoma, @TCU

7) Kansas State Wildcats– Record, 3-2 (1-1)

Last Week – Beat Texas Tech 44-38

Kansas State ran through the Red Raiders’ defense like butter, amassing 231 yards and 2 touchdowns on 39 carries (5.92 yards per carry).

The Wildcat defense, which allowed 28 first half points, shut down Patrick Mahomes and Texas Tech’s prolific offense in the second half, allowing just 10 points after the break.

Next Three – @Oklahoma, Texas, @Iowa State

8) Texas Longhorns – Record, 2-3 (0-2)

Last Week – Lost to Oklahoma 45-40

The countdown is officially on for Charlie Strong’s dismissal after a 0-2 start in conference. Assuming the defensive duties seemed to provide little boost to a unit that has allowed an average of 39.6 points per game this year.

Texas shouldn’t lose to Iowa State, if they make it to the 4th quarter, but a loss to the Cyclones for the second year in a row, and only the second time ever in Austin, could be the final straw that does in Chuck.

Iowa State fans may not be the only ones rooting for a Cyclone victory this weekend.

Next Three – Iowa State, @K-State, Baylor

9) Iowa State Cyclones – Record, 1-5 (0-3)

Last Week – Lost to Oklahoma State 38-31

Different week. Different venue. Same result.

The Cyclones have just one piece of the puzzle remaining to figure out. Maybe it happens this year. Maybe it happens next. Maybe it never happens at all. Only time will tell.

Next Three – @Texas, K-State, Oklahoma

10) Kansas Jayhawks – Record 1-4 (0-2)

Last Weekend – Lost to TCU 24-23

Losing that game on a missed field goal as time expired had to hurt the emotions of the hundred or so people at the game on Saturday.

Next Three - @Baylor, Oklahoma State, @Oklahoma