Are you ready for an entire shake up of the rankings? The 2016 season has been a disaster for the Big 12, and after last week, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do a power rankings. From one to eight, the race is pretty wide open. So, I scraped, for the most part, what we thought we knew about each team heading into the season, and ranked the teams based on what we have seen so far. Before you pull out the pitchforks, remember, we’re talking razor-thin margins between one and eight and this can all change next week. In fact, based on how things are going so far, it probably will.
10. Iowa State Cyclones
Each passing week seems to solidify that this won’t be the season fans had dreamed of all offseason. The offense is a hot mess as they’ve yet to figure out coach Campbell’s system.
9. Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks have more issues than Time Magazine, but I still believe they can cover the 1.5 projected win total on the season by beating Iowa State. Although, it does look more and more grim with each passing week.
8. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners have two losses. Both to a quality opponent, but what does that matter if they haven’t been competitive in either? It seems wrong to rank perhaps the most talented team in the conference so low, but at the same time, it kind of doesn’t.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Same ol’ Tech. Lights out offense, no bulb in the lamp defense. They have their problems, but they also have better QB play than above.
6. Baylor Bears
The Bears are undefeated, but they don’t have a quality win either. They’ll have a chance to fix that on Saturday, but until then, I continue to believe depth will be an issue they won’t be able to overcome.
5. Kansas State Wildcats
We knew the Wildcats have one of the better defenses in the conference, and last week they found some offense in a big way. Also, their only loss is to a pretty good Pac-12 team, which they played close on the road.
4. TCU Horned Frogs
So far, they are the only team with a Big 12 win. However, they were overpowered by an SEC team in Fort Worth, and we can’t forget that just yet.
3. Texas Longhorns
Some defensive concerns popped up last weekend, but to date, the Horns have the best win in the conference. I also won’t knock them too much for losing a close game to a Power Five team on the road. For the time being, they’ll get the benefit of the doubt.
2. Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Cowboys earned a quality win last week against Pitt. Furthermore, it really wasn’t as close as the score suggests. A big play and two fumbles led to 21 points the Cowboys should have prevented. They can correct those mistakes. Run game is an issue, but should they remain unbeaten the rest of the way, no one will hold the “loss” to CMU against them.
1. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers are undefeated and have a win over an SEC team. Not a very good SEC team, but an SEC team nonetheless. They also just might be the most balanced team in the conference.