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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 5

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Conference action started this past weekend, and did not disappoint. Buckle up as we start to head into full-fledged Big 12 play!

1. Oklahoma (3-0, 0-0; idle)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Luckily for opponents everywhere, the Sooners had a bye last week. Jalen Hurts has brought that Alabama state of mind with him to Norman, and will more than likely pick up right where he left off against the Red Raiders this weekend.
This Week: vs. Texas Tech (2-1, 0-0)

2. Texas (3-1, 1-0; defeated Oklahoma State 36-30)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
The Big 12 will be buzzing with Heisman talk this season, as QB Sam Ehlinger had another dominant weekend. Though the Pokes hung in there, Ehlinger was simply too much, as he was 20-for-28 for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Really starting to look forward to the Red River Showdown.
This Week: BYE

3. Kansas State (3-0, 0-0; idle)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
The Wildcats have a chance to prove they’re for real this weekend against Oklahoma State. New coach Chris Klieman has been talking the talk, and we’ll see this weekend if he can truly pick up where Bill Snyder left off.
This Week: at Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1)

4. Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-1; lost to Texas 36-30)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Tough loss for Oklahoma State, who hung in there with the top-15 Longhorns. RB Chuba Hubbard was a workhorse, carrying the ball 38 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Keep an eye on him this week against a Wildcats defense that is allowing just 256 yards per game this season.
This Week: at No. 24 Kansas State (3-0, 0-0)

5. Baylor (3-0, 0-0; defeated Rice 21-13)
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
Uh ... Baylor was held scoreless against 0-4 Rice in the second half this past week. That was surprising for a number of reasons, but you know what they say - a win is a win. Perhaps it was a good wakeup call for the Bears, who host the suddenly prolific Cyclone offense on Saturday.
This Week: vs. Iowa State (2-1, 0-0)

6. Iowa State (2-1, 0-0; defeated UL Monroe 72-20)
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
Now THAT is what Cyclone fans needed to see this week. Iowa State thoroughly dominated every facet of the game, putting up its highest point total in well over 100 years. Tarique Milton took three receptions a total of 142 yards, and Brock Purdy did Brock Purdy things, passing all sorts of Cyclone legend records in just his 13th game under center. If any real damage is to be done in the Big 12, the Cyclones will need to establish some semblance of a rush attack...but the passing threat that emerged just may help open that up.
This Week: at Baylor (3-0, 0-0)

7. TCU (2-1, 0-0; lost to SMU 41-38)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Everyone knew the rivalry game would be close, but most expected the Frogs to come out on top. SMU had other ideas, handing TCU its first loss of the season. RB Darius Anderson needed just 19 carries for 161 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to tally a win. Fortunately for the Frogs, Kansas awaits, and the season will likely get back on track this weekend.
This week: vs. Kansas (2-2, 0-1)

8. West Virginia (3-1, 1-0; defeated Kansas 29-24)
Last Week’s Ranking: 7
Last week’s game was a battle of the Big 12 basement, but credit the Mountaineers for hanging in there on the road. They were efficient, did just enough to win, and head into an off week on a high note.
This Week: BYE

9. Texas Tech (2-1, 0-0; idle)
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
The off week gave the Red Raiders a chance to lick their wounds, though there’s no reason to suspect any sort of upset watch is needed this week in Norman. Bet the house on Oklahoma.
This Week: at Oklahoma (3-0, 0-0)

10. Kansas (2-2, 0-1; lost to West Virginia 29-24)
Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Welcome back, Kansas football! Congrats on almost filling 75 percent of your stadium.
This Week: at TCU (2-1, 0.0)

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