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The LGG 2016 Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 9

Finding out who the best team in in the Big 12 heading into week 9.

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Despite a wild week in the Big 12, the power rankings remain the same for the second week in a row.

10. KANSAS JAYHAWKS

PREV RANK: 10
RECORD: 1-6 (0-4)
WEEK 8: Lost to Oklahoma State, 20-44

The Cowboys ended up winning by a comfortable margin, but the Jayhawks made them work for it. The Kansas defensive front gave Cowboy quarterback Mason Rudolph fits, and dropped him for five sacks on the day. Add another 6 tackles for a loss, and Oklahoma State’s win wasn’t nearly as pretty as they would have liked it to have been.

Kansas has shown flashes of improvement this season under coach Beaty, but without much of an offense, they are going to have a hard time getting that to show in the win column.

9. IOWA STATE CYCLONES

PREV RANK: 9
RECORD: 1-6 (0-4)
WEEK 8: Bye Week

The Cyclones didn’t lose last week, but they also didn’t play. Iowa State got an extra week to prepare for “Farmageddon” as Kansas State travels to Ames this week.

8. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

PREV RANK: 8
RECORD: 3-4 (1-3)
WEEK 8: Lost To Oklahoma, 59-66

Texas Tech lost the wild shootout in Lubbock to Oklahoma, but somehow, it was Sooner coach Mike Stoops walking away in the hot seat. However, I have to wonder, just how much more time coach Kliff Kingsbury get to turn the Red Raider program around?

Week 8 only further proved what we already knew, defensive coordinator David Gibbs has not had any success in Lubbock, and Texas Tech is no closer to fielding a defense than they’ve been in years.

At some point Red Raider Nation is going to demand that change, because as a losing record shows and week 8 confirmed, you aren’t always going to outscore the other guy.

7. TEXAS LONGHORNS

PREV RANK: 7
RECORD: 3-4 (1-3)
WEEK 8: Lost to K-State, 21-24

Last week, following the Longhorn’s win over Iowa State, I was tempted to jump them over the Wildcats. However, efficiency stats said K-State was slightly better, and it looks like those stats were correct.

The final score would suggest the game was closer than it really was. A late touchdown kept it respectable, but I doubt anyone in Austin cares. Lose by three points or lose by 30, at this point both will run Strong off the 40 acres.

With Baylor up next, it is not going to get any easier for the Longhorns, and the outlook for the future power rankings is not good. We don’t expect them to move any higher than they are now, but there is a chance Texas Tech could jump them in the next couple of weeks.

6. KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

PREV RANK: 6
RECORD: 4-3 (2-2)
WEEK 8: Beat Texas, 24-21

The Wildcats continue to go against the Big 12 grain with their long drives and chewing of the clock. It makes it hard to figure out just where they fall in the conference, but the win over the Longhorns goes a long way to solving that.

The good news for the Wildcats is, we don’t expect them to finish any lower in the power rankings than they are now, and there is a chance they could jump the Horned Frogs.

5. TCU HORNED FROGS

PREV RANK: 5
RECORD: 4-3 (2-2)
WEEK 8: Lost to West Virginia, 10-34

The Horned Frogs getting manhandled in Morgantown came as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t have so we won’t hold it against them too much.

The Horned Frogs are putting up passing yards, but they aren’t overly efficient at it, while their defense isn’t nearly as good as it was last year. I’m not sure what the answer is for coach Patterson, other than TCU simply isn’t the team we thought they were going to be, and we just have to accept that.

4. OKLAHOMA SOONERS

PREV RANK: 4
RECORD: 5-2 (4-0)
WEEK 8: Beat Texas Tech, 66-59

The Sooners got the win, but I’m not sure anyone in Norman is excited about it. Fans are even calling for the firing of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Even though they have the talent to win the conference, until the OU secondary shows some sort of sign of life, then we can’t move them any higher.

3. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

PREV RANK: 3
RECORD: 5-2 (3-1)
WEEK 8: Beat Kansas, 44-20

Oklahoma State’s motto should be, “It won’t be pretty, but we’ll get the job done. …Most of the time”.

Kansas gave the Cowboys more problems than they would care to admit, and the game showed that while the Poke’s offensive line has made progress, it still has a way to go.

Defensively, Oklahoma State is a mixed bag. On one hand, the secondary tends to give up big plays, but on the other hand, they seem to always be able to find a way to take the ball back.

The Cowboys will get a chance to turn some heads this week with West Virginia making their way to Stillwater.

2. BAYLOR BEARS

PREV RANK: 2
RECORD: 6-0 (3-0)
WEEK 8: Bye Week

Fresh off a second bye week over the last three weeks, the Bears now enter the meat of their schedule. We will soon learn whether they are a contender or a pretender, but first, they should have no problem dispatching Texas in front of an Austin crowd – which just might be the final nail in the coffin for keeping coach Strong employed for another year.

1. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

PREV RANK: 1
RECORD: 6-0 (3-0)
WEEK 8: Beat TCU, 34-10

The Mountaineers are 6-0 and after a predictably big win for the few paying attention over TCU, everyone else can no longer ignore them.

West Virginia is for real, and no one else is putting it together on both sides of the ball in the Big 12 like the Mountaineers.

If they can escape Stillwater with a win over a capable Oklahoma State squad, look out. They will have a real chance at running the table undefeated.

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