Big 12 football power poll: West Virginia's league title hopes are likely history

Kansas State might be on its way to a 12-0 record, but a slip up would do wonders for the Sooners' chances.
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 22, 2012
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1. Kansas State (7-0): Lopsided win in Morgantown, W.Va., leads to a debate whether K-State can finish 12-0.

2. Oklahoma (5-1): Three consecutive blowout wins make the Sooners a solid favorite against defensive reliant Notre Dame.

3. Texas Tech (6-1): Red Raiders, the league's big surprise, are bowl eligible and take a nothing-to-lose trip to Kansas State.

4. Texas (5-2): The defense is a mess, but the offense has enough weapons the Longhorns could go to a decent bowl.

5. Oklahoma State (4-2): Showdown with the Horned Frogs in Stillwater might be pivotal determining the bowl pecking order.

6. West Virginia (5-2): Forget about the Mountaineers winning the Big 12 title in their first season. Joe DeForest's defense is atrocious.

7. TCU (4-2): The Horned Frogs visit to Boone Pickens will reveal a lot about two teams that have rallied around backup QBs.

8. Baylor (4-2): The defense is a huge liability, but the offense is good enough the Bears are capable of winning shoot-outs.

9. Iowa State (4-3): A showdown with Baylor in Ames will help one team take a giant step toward becoming bowl eligible.

10. Kansas (1-6): The Jayhawks host the Longhorns. An upset is unlikely, but Texas' offense must continue to produce.

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
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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