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Big 12 football: Breaking down the rankings

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm •  Published: December 1, 2013

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.



by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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