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The LGG 2016 Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 8

The week 8 Big 12 power rankings are out!

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And now back to some regularly scheduled programming. Conference realignment talk dominated the headlines yesterday, but some actual football was played on Saturday. So, let’s take a look at how the Big 12 stacks up after week 7.

We are pretty much dialed in as the power rankings are starting to reflect the actual rankings. For the first time all season, the power rankings don’t change from the week before. Texas made an argument to jump Kansas State, which would undo the only move made last week, but they play each other on Saturday, so let’s wait and let them settle it.

10. KANSAS JAYHAWKS

PREV RANK: 10
RECORD: 1-5 (0-3)
WEEK 7: Lost to Baylor, 7-49

What happened? Just when Kansas looked like they could start to become competitive, they get blown out by Baylor. I guess it could be worse, though. At least they aren’t Rutgers.

9. IOWA STATE CYCLONES

PREV RANK: 9
RECORD: 1-6 (0-4)
WEEK 7: Lost to Texas, 6-27

Another week, another loss, but look on the bright side, outside of the 3rd quarter against the Longhorns, they didn’t do to bad. Iowa State even led early, but settling for field goals cost them. Had the Longhorns faced a 14-0 hole, who knows how that game turns out. I continue to believe the Cyclones are close to figure things out, and Matt Campbell has this team on the right track.

8. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

PREV RANK: 8
RECORD: 3-3 (1-2)
WEEK 7: Lost to WVU, 17-48

Mahomes is clearly not healthy, and the Tech offense is suffering for it. WVU held the Red Raiders to just 10 points when it mattered, and if Tech isn’t scoring, they aren’t winning. It’s as simple as that.

7. TEXAS LONGHORNS

PREV RANK: 7
RECORD: 3-3 (1-2)
WEEK 7: Beat Iowa State, 27-6

Iowa State did their best to give a knockout blow early, but the Longhorns survived and came out of halftime a new team. 21 points in the third quarter put the game away, but it won’t get me too excited yet. I already made that mistake when they beat Notre Dame, and Iowa State isn’t Notre Dame.

6. KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

PREV RANK: 6
RECORD: 3-3 (1-2)
WEEK 7: Lost to Oklahoma, 17-38

The conundrum of the Big 12. How good is K-State? Their record would suggest not very, but their losses are to Stanford, West Virginia and a surging Oklahoma. They could still end up anywhere from 8th to 5th, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s four spots. Thankfully, we’ll know a lot more about the Wildcats this time next week with the Longhorns coming to Manhattan.

5. TCU HORNED FROGS

PREV RANK: 5
RECORD: 4-2 (2-1)
WEEK 7: Bye Week

The Sooners and the Longhorns are drawing a lot of attention for their losses, but TCU might be the biggest disappointment of the season. Projected by many to win the conference due to the experience they had coming back, they’ve been a shell of their former selves, and the defense can only be summed up as “disappointing”. Hopefully they figured some things out during their bye week, because this season is quickly slipping away from them.

4. OKLAHOMA SOONERS

PREV RANK: 4
RECORD: 4-2 (3-0)
WEEK 7: Beat K-State, 38-17

The Sooners, like they often are about this time of the season, are rolling. The losses to Houston and Ohio State seem like a season ago, and I am not sure anyone in the conference is playing better football right now. I’m not ready to move them up until one of the top three give me reason to, but OU is a favorite to win the conference.

3. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

PREV RANK: 3
RECORD: 4-2 (2-1)
WEEK 7: Bye Week

The Cowboys are a little dinged up, so the bye week came at a good time. They’ll need to show they can consistently play at a high level if they want to win the conference. They have the Jayhawks to warm up against this week as West Virginia comes to Stillwater the week after. Then we’ll begin to figure out how the top of the conference is going to shake out.

2. BAYLOR BEARS

PREV RANK: 2
RECORD: 6-0 (3-0)
WEEK 7: Beat Kansas, 49-7

It’s week eight and Baylor’s only quality win is against Oklahoma State, a game they should have lost. However, a win’s a win, and the Bears are still undefeated …for now.

1. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

PREV RANK: 1
RECORD: 5-0 (2-0)
WEEK 7: Beat Texas Tech, 48-17

The Mountaineers are finally starting to get the respect they deserve. With wins over Missouri, BYU, K-State and Texas Tech, the national media can no longer ignore WVU. The schedule isn’t going to get any easier though, and they don’t pass out trophies for how well you’re doing in the middle of the season. Still, West Virginia has to be the favorite to win the conference.

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