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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 8

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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. #16 Oklahoma Sooners – Record, 4-2 (3-0)

Last Week – Beat Kansas State 38-17

The Sooners set the tone early in the first quarter and never looked back against a dangerous Kansas State team that has given Oklahoma trouble in the past.

Baker Mayfield threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, three to Dede Westbrook, as the Sooners’ offense dominated the day.

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

2. #12 West Virginia Mountaineers – Record, 5-0 (2-0)

Last Week – Beat Texas Tech 48-17

West Virginia played their first true road game of the season and throttled the normally high-octane offense of Texas Tech.

Next Three –TCU, @Oklahoma State, Kansas

3. #9 Baylor Bears – Record, 6-0 (3-0)

Last Week – Beat Kansas 49-7

Baylor had a little easier time against their second Big 12 cellar-dweller in as many games, cruising to a 49-7 win over Kansas in Waco. Seth Russell, who threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more, played just the first half Saturday.

Shock Linwood, still tired from his 500 or so yard game in Ames, carried the ball only 10 times for 46 yards and one touchdown.

Baylor’s schedule stiffens over the next three weeks, which should determine their postseason plans.

Next Three – @Texas, TCU, @Oklahoma

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

Last Week – Worked on their mullets

Details on progress were not available at the time of publication.

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

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

Last Week – Watched the Kansas game, over and over and over and over again

They still haven’t figured out how they won that game.

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

6. BYU Cougars - Record 4-3 (0-1)

Last Week - Beat Mississippi State 28-21

Taysom Hill’s four touchdown day propelled the Cougars to victory in this Big 12/SEC mid-season showdown.

Next Three - @Boise State, @Cincinnati, SUU

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

Last Week – Lost to Oklahoma 38-17

Kansas State struggled to move the ball in Norman, gaining only 335 total yards on the day.

Next Three – Texas, @Iowa State, Oklahoma State

8. Texas Longhorns – Record, 3-3 (1-2)

Last Week – Beat Iowa State 27-6

The Longhorns were noticeably excited with their performance against 1-6 Iowa State, a team that hadn’t surrendered a point to the Longhorns in five quarters of play before a second quarter field goal cut the Cyclones’ lead in half.

21 third quarter points proved to be enough to secure Charlie Strong’s job for another week.

Next Three – @K-State, Baylor, @Texas Tech

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

Last Week – Lost to West Virginia 48-17

Is Kliff Kingsbury in danger of being put on the Hot Seat?

The Red Raiders’ NCAA record streak of home games with at least 50 points scored was halted at nine as the West Virginia defense allowed only two Tech touchdowns.

Next Three – Oklahoma, @TCU, Texas

10. Cincinnati Bearcats - Record 3-3 (0-0)

Last Week - Lost to UCONN 20-9

The Bearcats, who have yet to play their first Big 12 opponent this year, after leading 9-7 at the break, allowed 13 unanswered second half points to old conference foe, UCONN.

Next Three - ECU, @Temple, BYU

11. Iowa State – Record, 1-6 (0-4)

Last Week – Lost to Texas 27-6

Iowa State fans get a week off from disappointment as the Cyclones host BYE this weekend in Ames before welcoming alumni and Kansas State next weekend for Homecoming.

Next Three –K-State, Oklahoma, @Kansas

12. Kansas – Record 1-5 (0-3)

Last Weekend – Lost to Baylor 49-7

Just Kansas doing Kansas things.

Next Three - Oklahoma State, @Oklahoma, @West Virginia