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The LGG 2016 Big 12 Power Rankings: A New #1

Ranking the conference from worst to first, and this week there is a new number one!

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With just two weekends left in the regular season the power rankings has a new number one, and that’s not the only shake up.

—– THE BASEMENT —–

10. KANSAS JAYHAWKS

PREV RANK: 10
RECORD: 2-9 (1-7)
LAST WEEK: Beat Texas, 24-21

The Jayhawks shocked the nation by pulling off the upset over the Longhorns, but it’s not enough to get them out of the 10 spot.

It’s a fantastic win, and there is no argument that Kansas is better than they were a year ago, but we can’t ignore the body of work as a whole.

9. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

PREV RANK: 8
RECORD: 4-7 (2-6)
LAST WEEK: Lost to Iowa State, 66-10

Listen up athletic directors, never ever give out 10-year contract extensions. No matter how sexy the coach is. Just don’t do it.

Texas Tech got absolutely depantsed by the Cyclones. Let that sink in. A two win team, a team that has hovered around the bottom of the Big 12 for the last few teams, absolutely crushed the Red Raiders. It’s one thing for Oklahoma to put up over 60 on you. It’s another if Iowa State does it.

If Kingsbury’s seat wasn’t hot before it has to be scalding now, but there is little Tech can do about it unless some very affluent boosters want to get involved.

—– TIER 3 —–

8. IOWA STATE CYCLONES

PREV RANK: 9
RECORD: 3-8 (2-6)
LAST WEEK: Destroyed Texas Tech, 66-10

Don’t look now, but the Cyclones have back-to-back wins! The last time that happened was 2013.

Coach Matt Campbell has his team believing, and if the Mountaineers don’t pick themselves up off the mat following the knockout blow Oklahoma delivered, Iowa State could make it three in a row next weekend.

7. BAYLOR BEARS

PREV RANK: 7
RECORD: 6-4 (3-4)
LAST WEEK: Lost To K-State, 21-42

The Bears are winless in their last four games, and are free falling down the rankings.

With quarterback Seth Russell out for the season, all fight seems to be gone as the Bears look to find a hole somewhere, crawl into it, and hibernate until next season.

Texas Tech’s defense will do everything they can to put a little wind in Baylor’s sails, but it will be too little too late as that ship is already sinking.

6. TEXAS LONGHORNS

PREV RANK: 6
RECORD: 5-6 (3-5)
LAST WEEK: Lost To Kansas, 21-24

The Longhorns have lost their last two, and are lucky that anyone in danger of passing them seems to be just as much of a mess as they are.

It’s the end of the road for coach Charlie Strong. With just one game left, and one game shy of bowl eligibility, how will the players respond? TCU is beatable, but only if Texas shows up to the game.

—– TIER 2 —–

5. TCU HORNED FROGS

PREV RANK: 5
RECORD: 5-5 (3-4)
LAST WEEK: Lost to OK State, 6-31

The Baylor game seems to be an anomaly as TCU struggled on offense once again against Oklahoma State. For whatever reason the Frogs always seem to get the Cowboy’s best game, but I’m not sure the Pokes needed it.

TCU is 5-5, and no matter how much potential this team has, at a certain point you are who your record says you are, and the Frogs have a losing record in the conference.

4. KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

PREV RANK: 4
RECORD: 6-4 (4-3)
LAST WEEK: Beat Baylor, 42-21

Two weeks ago coach Snyder was kicking himself for not going for it on fourth and short to put the game away against Oklahoma State.

How do you get over blowing what could have been a big win? You take care of business the next time you’re on the field, and that’s just what the Cats did against Baylor.

“Taking care of business” isn’t sexy, but it’s a heck of a lot better than how a few teams are doing right now. And with the Sunflower Showdown up next, the Wildcats will do everything they can to get coach Snyder his 200th win.

3. WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

PREV RANK: 1
RECORD: 8-2 (5-2)
LAST WEEK: Lost to Oklahoma, 28-56

The Mountaineers lost more than just the game to Oklahoma. They lost their chance to prove they were deserving of the respect the national media had been reluctant to give. They lost any chance at the College Football Playoff, and they lost their shot at the Big 12 title.

That’s a lot to lose in one week, but the Mountaineers can’t spend too much time worrying about it. They certainly don’t want the Sooners beating them twice as they prepare to face a feisty Iowa State team.

—– THE CONTENDERS —–

 2. OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

PREV RANK: 2
RECORD: 9-2 (7-1)
LAST WEEK: Beat TCU, 31-6

With seven straight wins, the Cowboys are one of the hottest teams in the country, and they look to be getting better as the season goes on. Last Saturday’s game against the Horned Frogs was their best performance of the season, and with Bedlam up next, they’ll get their opportunity to show just how good they are.

However, spanking the Horned Frogs doesn’t quite mean what it meant a year ago. TCU is a unranked team with a lot of issues. Oklahoma State did what they should have done – what they should have done to more teams on their schedule than they actually have.

Just how good is OSU? It’s week 13 and we still don’t know what their ceiling is, but at least we won’t have to wait long to find out.

1. OKLAHOMA SOONERS

PREV RANK: 3
RECORD: 9-2 (8-0)
LAST WEEK: Beat WVU, 56-28

If there was any doubt that the Sooners are the team to beat in the Big 12, they put that to rest against West Virginia. Oklahoma went into the Mountaineer’s house, raided their fridge, took their moonshine, and in general, had their way with them.

The Sooners are undefeated in conference and have their eyes set on the College Football Playoff, but first, they have to get by Oklahoma State. Bedlam is in Norman this year, and it’s a series coach Bob Stoops has dominated. If they can stay focused, they could give the playoff committee a headache in a couple of weeks.

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