Big 12 power poll: West Virginia prepared to win shoot-outs, K-State must not overlook Cyclones

Oklahoma can make a statement by beat Texas on Saturday in Cotton Bowl
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 8, 2012

1. West Virginia (5-0): Mountaineers must win shoot-outs but with this offense it will be difficult to outscore them.

2. Kansas State (5-0): Wildcats better not look ahead to next week's game in Morgantown. ISU never a gimme in Ames.

3. Oklahoma (3-1): The Sooners quieted critics in Lubbock and can make a statement Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

4. Texas (4-1): Must win? Losses to OU and West Virginia probably would end Big 12 title hopes due to tiebreakers.

5. Baylor (3-1): The Bears' defense has issues but the offense was impressive two weeks ago in Morgantown.

6. TCU (4-1): Horned Frogs will face a tough challenge to win in Waco if QB Casey Pachall doesn't play this week.

7. Oklahoma State (2-2): Cowboys can build momentum in Lawrence before playing four of the next five at home.

8. Texas Tech (4-1): Red Raiders are improved but is it enough? After blowout loss to OU they host West Virginia.

9. Iowa State (4-1): Defense might be the best in the Big 12 and suspect offense even played well in Fort Worth.

10. Kansas (1-4): The Jayhawks are in for a long year in Weis' debut season. Can they win another game?

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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