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.