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Big 12 Power Rankings: Bedlam Edition

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Kansas holds strong in the cellar

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Iowa State Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

And we thought last week was crazy!

The Cyclones’ convincing win over West Virginia on Saturday results in the biggest shakeup to date, and with only four teams in action this weekend, nothing will be settled anytime soon.

The Longhorns and their perfect Big 12 record deservedly end up with the top spot. From there, throw some darts, because it’s anyone’s guess what is to come.

On to it!

1. Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) (Last Week: 2) - The Longhorns did what they needed to do against a suddenly-potent Baylor team, and a win is a win. Whether or not you feel Texas is back, a spot in the college football playoff is not just a pipe dream.
Pick Em: Idle

2. Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) (Last Week: 3) - The Sooners had a week to lick their wounds after the Red River shootout, and even managed to jump back into the top 10. Saturday’s game in Fort Worth is a big one against a desperate TCU team.
Pick Em: at TCU - OKLAHOMA

3. West Virginia (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) (Last Week: 1) - Tough loss against Iowa State for the ‘Eers, who may have had their playoff hopes dashed. Still, there is plenty of time to bounce back, and dates against Texas and Oklahoma give them the opportunity to control their own destiny.
Pick Em: Idle

4. Iowa State (3-3, 2-2 Big 12) (Last Week: 6) - The Cyclones have found their stride on offense, defense, and halftime performances. Their schedule is brutal in the coming weeks, starting with a date against upstart Texas Tech, who just beat the same TCU team (on the road) that defeated Iowa State.
Pick Em: Idle

5. Texas Tech (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) (Last Week: 4) - Look out for the Air Raid! Texas Tech is suddenly poised to make a lot of noise in the Big 12. A warm-up game against Kansas Saturday is a precurser to a huge date in Ames on 10/27.
Pick Em: vs. Kansas - TEXAS TECH

6. Baylor (4-3, 2-2 Big 12) (Last Week: 8) - The Bears are playing good, solid football, and hung in there with Texas last Saturday. They are certainly exceeding any expectations for this season, though games with West Virginia, Iowa State, and Texas Tech remain.
Pick Em: Idle

7. TCU (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) (Last Week: 5) - This may be the most surprising development in the Big 12 - the Frogs’ inability to accomplish finish out games. Saturday’s game against the Sooners is virtually a must-win to salvage this season.
Pick Em: at Oklahoma - OKLAHOMA

8. Kansas State (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) (Last Week: 9) - Huge win against Oklahoma State on Saturday, but a tough test awaits in Norman next Saturday.
Pick Em: Idle

9. Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) (Last Week: 7) - How the mighty have fallen. The Pokes’ bye week couldn’t have come fast enough, as they lick their wounds and prepare for Texas in two weeks.
Pick Em: Idle

10. Kansas (2-4, 0-3 Big 12) (Last Week: 10) - It’s going to take more than this to make things right again in Lawrence.
Pick Em: at Texas Tech - TEXAS TECH

Last Week’s Pick Em Record: 2-2

Overall Pick Em Record- 27-13