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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 9

The top of the pack is starting to separate itself from the rest of the conference

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

A few questions as we passed the midway point of the season:
- Can anyone dethrone Oklahoma?
- Will the real Texas Longhorns please stand up?
- Can Baylor keep this up?
- Is Kansas turning a corner ready for basketball season?

On to the show!

1. Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0; defeated West Virginia 52-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
The only thing can that stop the Sooners right now is gravity.
This Week: at Kansas State (4-2, 1-2)

2. Baylor (7-0, 4-0; defeated Oklahoma State 45-27)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
The Bears are coasting into their bye week as one of college football’s last few unbeaten teams. At this pace, bowl season looks very promising.
This Week: Bye

3. Iowa State (5-2, 3-1; defeated Texas Tech 34-24)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
One more game this month to round out yet another perfect Brocktober ... but don’t get caught looking ahead. The Cowboys are looking for a way to jump start their disappointing season thus far, and an upset in Ames would do just that.
This Week: vs. Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3)

4. Texas (5-2, 3-1; defeated Kansas 50-48)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
To say last week’s struggle against the lowly Jayhawks was a surprise is an understatement, but it’s key that teams win games, even when not at their best. Assuming, of course, there wasn’t anything more sinister going on.
This Week: at TCU (3-3, 1-2)

5. Kansas State (4-2, 1-2; defeated TCU 24-17)
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
The Wildcats showed some resolve in taking out TCU - but a much tougher test awaits this week.
This Week: vs. Oklahoma (7-0, 4-0)

6. TCU (3-3, 1-2; lost to Kansas State 24-17)
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
The Frogs’ struggles this season have surprised many, considering how Gary Patterson teams typically play. However, oddsmakers are still showing some love to TCU, which opened as a slight favorite over the Longhorns this week.
This week: vs. Texas (5-2, 3-1)

7. Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3; lost to Baylor 45-27)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
The Cowboys are reeling after yet another loss, and now hit the road for a tough matchup in Ames. That, of course, provides a perfect platform for the mullet to rant.
This Week: at Iowa State (5-2, 3-1)

8. Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3; lost to Iowa State 34-24)
Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Soft tacos, anyone? The final score of last week’s game isn’t indicative of how seemingly one-sided it truly was. Plenty to clean up prior to this week’s tilt against Kansas.
This Week: at Kansas (2-5, 0-4)

9. West Virginia (3-4, 1-3; lost to Oklahoma 52-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 8
The Mountaineers weren’t expected to do much last week, so it was impressive they were only down 14 at the half. It’s a good week for them to rest up before heading to Waco on Halloween.
This Week: Bye

10. Kansas (2-5, 0-4; lost to Texas 50-48)
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
Here’s to moral victories!
This Week: vs. Texas Tech (3-4, 1-3)

Beware of the trap game!