OU beat writer Jason Kersey and OSU beat writer Gina Mizell will update these rankings at 9 a.m. every Tuesday morning.
By far the toughest part of these first rankings was selecting teams 2-5. We ultimately went OSU, Iowa State, OU and Texas Tech — in that order — just because of recent head-to-head games. The Sooners’ blowout loss at ISU, and the Cyclones’ subsequent blowout loss at OSU, were too convincing for us to put the teams in any other order at this point.
1. Baylor (16-1, 6-0 Big 12): Defending national champion’s only loss was by 2 points to No. 6 Stanford; the Bears played most of the loss without preseason All-America guard Odyssey Sims, who was injured early in the game.
2. Oklahoma State (14-2, 3-2): Cowgirls started Big 12 play 0-2 with losses to Texas Tech and at Baylor, but take a three-game win streak — including Sunday’s impressive 29-point rout of Iowa State — into Wednesday’s game at Kansas State.
3. Iowa State (13-3, 4-2): Cyclones are 9-0 at home and 2-3 on the road. In the last week, ISU beat OU by 21 at home, then lost by 29 at Oklahoma State a few days later.
4. Oklahoma (15-3, 5-1): Thin Sooners were routed by 21 at Iowa State less than a week ago. Tough to put them ahead of the Cyclones right now.
5. Texas Tech (14-4, 4-2): Losses at Oklahoma and vs. Iowa State at home. Tech also beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater, though, to open Big 12 play.
6. Kansas (11-5, 2-3): Jayhawks began their Big 12 schedule 2-0, but have lost three straight to OSU, Baylor and Texas Tech. KU looks to get back on track Wednesday at home against struggling Texas.
7. West Virginia (11-6, 3-3): Mountaineers nearly upset Oklahoma in Norman in their first-ever Big 12 game and won by 14 at Kansas State. Next up is Tuesday’s home game against Texas Tech.
8. Kansas State (11-7, 2-4): Wildcats survived two scares from Big 12 newcomer TCU, beating the Horned Frogs by 1 at home Jan. 5, and by 3 on Saturday in Fort Worth.
9. Texas (7-10, 0-6): The young Longhorns have played admirably, taking Iowa State to overtime in Ames to open Big 12 play and hanging with Oklahoma in both Red River losses. With a winless Big 12 record, we can’t rank Texas above any teams with conference wins. But I do think they’ll wind up being better than this as they mature.
10. TCU (7-10, 0-6): Both Kansas State losses were nearly wins, but the Horned Frogs remain winless in conference play so far in their inaugural Big 12 season. Games at Texas Tech and at Oklahoma won’t make things any easier, but TCU and fellow Big 12 winless Texas meet in Fort Worth on Feb. 2.