Time for another Big 12 rankings, and with only two conference games left, the pecking order is pretty well-established. And kudos to the Big 12 schedule-maker. The top four teams are playing in these final two games. OU at OSU, and Texas at Baylor.
1. OSU (7-1, 10-1): In 2011, the Cowboys won the Big 12, with their only loss coming against a team (Iowa State) that placed eighth in the final standings. If OSU beats OU to win the 2013 Big 12, the Cowboys’ only loss will be to a team (West Virginia) that finished in a three-way tie for eighth.
2. Baylor (7-1, 10-1): Baylor’s just not same in road games.
3. Texas (7-1, 8-3): Mack Brown has had his dubious coaching moments, but don’t ever let this one sail past you. He’s coached this limited Longhorn team to an 8-3 record.
4. OU (6-2, 9-2): The Sooners played solid on the road at Manhattan, but their games in Waco and Lawrence were among their worst of the season.
5. Kansas State (5-4, 7-5): Give K-State a victory over North Dakota State, and this was a heck of a season. KSU lost to the four teams above it in the standings; by four to OSU and by 10 to each of Texas, OU and Baylor.
6. Texas Tech (4-5, 7-5): I’d be put in the funhouse if I ranked TCU ahead of Tech, since the Red Raiders finished two games ahead of the Frogs. But if Tech and TCU played today on a neutral field, I’d take TCU and give 10 points.
7. TCU (2-7, 4-8): By season’s end, the Frogs were close to the team we thought they would be. Lost at the buzzer at Kansas State, then took Baylor to the wire.
8. Iowa State (2-7, 3-9): Tough coach, Paul Rhoads. His team was 1-9, yet it finished with back-to-back wins. The latter a three-overtime thriller over West Virginia, after the Cyclones trailed by 24.
9. West Virginia (2-7, 4-8): What a kooky season. Beat OSU and played OU tough in Norman. In Games 9 and 10, beat TCU in overtime, lost to Texas in overtime. In Game 11 and 12, lose to Kansas and lose to Iowa State.
10. Kansas (1-8, 3-9): Give Charlies Weis some credit. I saw some improvement.