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Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll: Week 11

by Nick Trougakos Published: November 15, 2010
The cream is rising to the top, as they say, and the Big 12 races are becoming more clear. The big questions that remain? Did Jerrod Johnson sabotage Texas A&M’s chances at a conference title? Did they cancel football in Lubbock when Mike Leach left? Should they cancel football in Austin for the rest of the year?

1. Kansas (3-7, lost to Nebraska 20-3): After a one-week reprieve, Kansas finds itself and its once-again anemic offense back atop the poll.

2. Texas (4-6, lost to Oklahoma State 33-16): The Longhorns are who we thought they were!

3. Colorado (4-6, beat Iowa State 34-14): What’s that saying about the sun shining on a dog’s behind every once in a while? On Saturday, it was Colorado’s backside.

4. Iowa State (5-6, lost to Colorado 34-14): Iowa State was this close to reaching bowl eligibility, but after slipping up against the woeful Buffaloes, the Cyclones are looking at another quiet December.

5. Texas Tech (5-5, lost to Oklahoma 45-7): Texas Tech wraps up an uninspired 3-5 conference record. The Red Raiders will almost undoubtedly go bowling, but will anyone really care?

6. Kansas State (6-4, lost to Missouri 38-28): Kansas State is the conference’s true middle-of-the-road team this year. The Wildcats have beaten the league’s rum-dums, but failed to get it done against the upper crust.

7. Baylor (7-4, lost to Texas A&M 42-30): The Back-Down-To-Earth Bears will now try to beat Oklahoma to stop would could become a three-game losing streak.

8. Missouri (8-2, beat Kansas State 38-28): Missouri’s loss to an erratic Texas Tech team is really puzzling now.

9. Texas A&M (7-3, beat Baylor 42-30): A&M is on a roll and must be kicking itself when it looks back at the Stillwater turnover-fest.

10. Oklahoma (8-2, beat Texas Tech 45-7): Home OU looked good on Saturday, but now will take the rest of the year off and watch to see how Road OU does.

11. Oklahoma State (9-1, beat Texas 33-16): OK, I’m convinced. This OSU team is pretty good. All three phases are clicking. OSU fans — time to hop on the train. You won’t know what station you’ll get off at, but it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride.

12. Nebraska (9-1, beat Kansas 20-3): Nebraska continues it’s trend of posting less-than-inspiring performances at home (except the Missouri game), but keeps the train rolling toward Jerry World.

by Nick Trougakos
Local Editor
Local Editor Nick Trougakos has been with The Oklahoman since 2002. Trougakos covered the military, federal agencies and courts before becoming an editor in 2005. Prior to joining The Oklahoman, Trougakos was a reporter for the Oklahoma City...
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