The Big 12 is stronger than ever. The top eight teams are good enough to knock off anybody on any given week, and they’ve all at least flirted with the Top 25 polls at some point this season.
It’s going to be a great rest of October, and a fantastic November. Here’s how we’ve got the conference ranked in week 7. Of course this could all completely change by next week.
1. TCU Horned Frogs
K-State gave the Horned frogs a scare, but TCU just refuses to lose. Despite being down 17-35 at the half, they did what they had to in a tough environment against one of the best coached teams in college football. Injuries are also become less of a concern as they aren’t missing a beat with the next man up.
2. Baylor Bear
Baylor made short work of Kansas, but it’s Kansas so…
The Bears are putting on a show, but they’ve yet to get to the meat of their schedule. If they keep this up in November though, it’s going to be tough for TCU to hang on to their top spot.
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Cardiac Cowboys haven’t been pretty, but they are 6-0. I don’t know what to make of this team. Maybe we just aren’t seeing a team win with defense, but that’s just what OSU is doing.
I don’t know if they can beat the teams a head of them, but I didn’t see them winning in Morgantown either.
4. Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders have two losses already, but got back on track in a big way against Iowa State. Those two losses were against the top two teams in the conference though, and they really should have beat TCU.
They have Kansas up next before preparing for OU, should they beat the Sooners though, they could be en route to a 10-win season.
5. Oklahoma Sooners
What happened? This time last week OU looked like the most balanced team in the conference, but against the Longhorns they didn’t look like they could fight their way out of a paper bag.
K-State is up next, and it’s most likely a defining game for both teams.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers
Two weeks ago West Virginia looked like they could be the dark horse of the Big 12. Two losses later though, they’re tumbling down the power rankings, and have more than one fan wondering if Dana Holgorsen is the man for the job.
Things won’t be getting any easier either. Karl Joseph is no longer lurking in the secondary, and the Mountaineers now face the two best teams in the conference up next. It could be a long October for WVU fans.
7. Texas Longhorns
It’s amazing what a big win over a top 10 team will do for your season outlook. Texas appears to have real issues, but they’ve played Cal and Oklahoma State close. I have a feeling this is a team that’s only getting better. Come November they could be a team no one wants to face.
8. Kansas State Wildcats
After back-to-back tough losses, you have to wonder about just how much fight this rebuilding squad has left in them. We won’t have to wait long to find out as the Sooners make the trip to Manhattan on Saturday.
9. Iowa State Cyclones
Welp. At least you’re better than the Jayhawks. The Texas Tech game was a benchmark game, and Cyclones failed miserably. Iowa State is improved, but not enough to finish the season bowl eligible, and it looks doubtful that Paul Rhoads will be returning to Ames next season.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
Is it basketball season yet? What can you say? Saturday was a beating, and they have a few more in store before they get to the end of this thing.