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FanPulse: Top of the Big 12 Tightens

Critical Showdown in Waco this Weekend

For the first time this year, there’s a new highest ranked Big 12 team. Baylor is having a miraculous run in an undefeated season. Their 9-0 start is enough to put them ahead of Oklahoma who’s 8-1, but has had defensive struggles two games in a row.

Oklahoma’s secondary is especially banged up, and they have had an especially hard time towards the end of games as of late. Iowa State pushed Oklahoma to the edge after trailing 21 points the 4th quarter. A loss to Kansas State, and a near fall to Iowa State has put OU at 8, and Baylor is now ranked at 6 in FanPulse.

The AP values the Big 12 a lot less, slotting an undefeated Baylor at 12, while OU is at 10. Whoever comes out on top this weekend will most likely be a top 7 team in the AP adding a signature win to either team.

OU quarterback Jalen Hurts is in second for FanPulse Heisman voting at a measly 7% while Joe Burrow is winning by a landslide getting 82% of the vote after an incredible win this past Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

LSU’s big win this weekend has cemented them at the top spot, presumably for the rest of the year in case they lose in the SEC title game to Georgia. According to FanPulse the College Football Playoff would have LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Alabama. Two SEC schools seems likely unless Baylor wins out.

The most likely way Alabama is left out is if Georgia wins the SEC title game against #1 LSU which might set up an immediate rematch in the Semi-Finals of the CFP for the #2 v. #3 teams.

Minnesota winning out and Baylor winning out would be nightmare scenario for the committee that might leave out an undefeated power 5 conference champion from the CFP.

Following an incredibly entertaining close game against Oklahoma, the fan confidence in the program is back to a perfect 100%. The only thing more rare than a close loss in Norman for Iowa State is a win. The Cyclones don’t have much to hang their heads for besides a poor first 10 minutes of the game that forced them in a 14-0 deficit early.

At the beginning of the season, Cyclone fans had the Texas home game circled on their calendar for good reason. It could’ve had Big 12 title implications, but with both teams dropping winnable games throughout the year, it’s a fight in the middle of the pack. Iowa State opened at a 6.5 point favorite against Texas, and a win this weekend would give the Cyclones bowl eligibility for the third year in a row.