Big 12 football: Kansas State still No. 1
Big 12 football is past its first round of October games, and the league picture is starting to take shape. Some teams remain shadowdy in terms of prowess. How good is Baylor? How good is OSU? How good is TCU with Casey Pachall? But we know that Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas and OU will challenge for the title.
Here are the Big 12 rankings, based not on what we expect a team to do, but based on what they have done.
1. Kansas State 5-0, 2-0: The Wildcats’ win in Norman remains the league’s best victory and maybe the best victory in the nation.
2. West Virginia 5-0, 2-0: The Mountaineers’ shootout victory over Baylor was fascinating, but winning at home by seven over Baylor is nothing to get excited about. Winning at Texas is.
3. Texas 4-1, 1-1: The Longhorns’ defense suddenly is suspect. The Longhorn offense no longer is.
4. Oklahoma 3-1, 1-1: The Sooners showed their capable of playing a solid game, with the 41-20 rout at Texas Tech.
5. Baylor 3-1, 0-1: Victory at Louisiana-Monroe continues to elevate the Bears above the masses.
6. Texas Tech 4-1, 1-1: Disappointing showing against OU, but that victory at Iowa State keeps Tech ahead of the Cyclones.
7. Iowa State 4-1, 1-1: Nice win at TCU, even if it did come with Frog quarterback Casey Pachall suspended.
8. TCU 4-1, 1-1: Frogs had a chance to be unbeaten when they go to Stillwater on Oct. 27, but not now.
9. OSU 2-2, 0-1: Cowboys’ loss to Texas is tainted, but look at the Cowboys this way. We’re headed for the second week of October, and OSU’s only victims are Savannah State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
10. Kansas 0-5, 0-2: It’s not going to get any better for the Jayhawks.
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