Big 12 football has developed a clear line of demarcation. Five teams in the upper pack, five teams in the lower. Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech, OU and OSU all have zero or one loss. The other five teams all have three defeats each. The only victory by a bottom tier team over a top tier team is West Virginia, which beat OSU, explaining why the Mountaineers have the best chance to break into the upper division and the Cowboys the best chance to fall out.
Here are the rankings:
1. Baylor (3-0, 6-0): The Bears’ tough schedule doesn’t arrive until November, when Baylor hosts OU, plays Texas Tech in Arlington, goes to OSU, goes to TCU and, on Dec. 7, hosts Texas.
2. Texas (3-0, 4-2): The Longhorns have the only victory by an upper division team over a fellow upper division team, OU.
3. Texas Tech (4-0, 7-0): The Red Raiders are largely unproven. That changes quickly. At OU, host OSU, host Kansas State, Baylor in Arlington, at Texas on Thanksgiving night.
4. Oklahoma (3-1, 6-1): The Sooners seem to be regressing. Not really what you want from a team as November fast approaches.
5. Oklahoma State (2-1, 5-1): The loss at West Virginia will continue to haunt the Cowboys.
6. West Virginia (1-3, 3-4): The Mountaineers seem to be getting better, but they had a long way to go.
7. TCU (1-3, 3-4): Still the league’s best defense, but the Frogs have scored 10, 17 and 10 in their three conference defeats. Even in an offensive-challenged year like this, that’s not enough.
8. Kansas State (0-3, 2-4): Tough schedule so far. Baylor, Texas and OSU.
9. Iowa State (0-3, 1-5): It all fell apart in Waco.
10. Kansas (0-3, 2-4): Schedule key to watch. Who still gets to play Kansas? Among the contenders, Baylor, Texas and OSU.
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