Big 12 football: Weekly rankings
Time for the weekly Big 12 rankings, and this week we’ll have a twist. With TCU beating West Virginia, and Texas beating Texas Tech, the middle is all jumbled. So let’s look at teams this way. Let’s slot in the teams we absolutely know belong at a certain place — Kansas State No. 1, OU No. 2, Baylor No. 9 and Kansas No. 10. Then let’s take the other six and rank them based on their record against each other.
Here are those six: Tech 3-1, Texas 2-1, OSU 2-1, Iowa State 1-2, West Virginia 1-2, TCU 1-3.
1. Kansas State (6-0, 9-0): If the Cats are going to lose, they better hurry.
2. Oklahoma (4-1, 7-2): The Sooners are close to playing only for BCS positioning.
3. Texas Tech (3-3, 6-3): Seems strange to have the Red Raiders this high, but Tech is headed for a good conference record. The Raiders are the only Big 12 team to have KSU and OU behind them, and Baylor and Kansas ahead of them. Tech is 3-1 against the great middle.
4. Texas (4-2, 7-2): Longhorns have beaten Baylor and Kansas. They still have KSU.
5. Oklahoma State (3-2, 5-3): Nov. 17 home game against Tech could be a battle for third place, or to share it with Texas.
6. Iowa State (2-4, 5-4): ISU finishes at Texas, at Kansas and home against West Virginia.
7. West Virginia (2-3, 5-3): Talk about a season gone sour. The Mountaineers haven’t won since Oct. 6, and now come the Bedlam rivals back-to-back.
8. TCU (3-3, 6-3): The Frogs are the anti-Tech. They’ve played KU and Baylor, but KSU and OU remain.
9. Baylor (1-4, 4-4): The Bears looked better than this, but they finish with OU, Tech and OSU, with only the Cowboys in Waco.
10. Kansas (0-6, 1-8): Should have beaten Texas when they had the chance.
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