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2017 Season - Week 6

LGG Big 12 Week 6 Poll

There is a slight movement in the poll this week, and for the second week in a row we have a tie!

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LGG Big 12 Week 6 Poll

With just six teams in action last week, there isn’t a lot of movement in the poll this week, but a couple of matchups this week could have major impacts in the future rankings. Here how we have ranked the Big 12 heading into week six.

1. OKLAHOMA [1-0, 4-0]

POINTS: 9 [9]
PREVIOUS RANKING: 1
LAST WEEK: Bye
THIS WEEK: vs Iowa State

Surprise, surprise; the Sooners remain on top following their bye week. Shocking, I know. They are heavy favorites over Iowa State on Saturday.

2. TCU [1-0, 4-0]

POINTS: 19
PREVIOUS RANKING: 2
LAST WEEK: Bye
THIS WEEK: vs West Virginia

The Horned Frogs, with a win over number three in our poll, also held their spot in the bye week. I’m not sold on TCU just yet. I still feel like OSU wins that matchup seven out of 10 times, but you can’t argue their resume so far and we will learn more about them this week against West Virginia.

3. OKLAHOMA STATE [1-1, 4-1]

POINTS: 30
PREVIOUS RANKING: 3
LAST WEEK: Beat TTU, 41-34
THIS WEEK: Bye

If Oklahoma State wants to reclaim their number two spot and more, they are going to have to show us a lot more than they did against Texas Tech. Stupid mistakes and overconfidence continues to plague this team. They have had some offensive line and special teams struggles, so maybe they just aren’t as good as we thought they may be. They need to figure some things out during their break.

4. WEST VIRGINIA [1-0, 3-1]

POINTS: 35
PREVIOUS RANKING: T-4
LAST WEEK: Bye
THIS WEEK: at TCU

The Mountaineers are just kind of floating around in the polls until we figure out what to do with them. Thankfully, that shouldn’t take too long as they face a stiff test in Fort Worth this week. With a loss against Virginia Tech already, this upcoming game feels like one that may define their season. All eyes will be on Will Grier and if he can live up to the hype, but that isn’t the Mountaineers biggest problem. They will need to shore up their interior run defense if they want to upset TCU.

5. TEXAS TECH [0-1, 3-1]

POINTS: 51
PREVIOUS RANKING: T-4 [🔻-1]
LAST WEEK: Lost to OSU, 41-34
THIS WEEK: at Kansas

The Red Raiders were flying high with a couple of respectable non-conference wins, but the Cowboys brought them crashing back down to earth. Despite the Poke’s best efforts to kick give the game away at the end, Texas Tech couldn’t get the stop when they needed it most. Still, the Red Raider defense is showing signs of life behind Dakota Allen, and a bowl game is well within reach.

T-6. KANSAS STATE [1-0, 3-1]

POINTS: 54
PREVIOUS RANKING: 6
LAST WEEK: Beat BU, 33-20
NEXT WEEK: at Texas

The third Big 12 contender entering the season, the Wildcats have fallen well short of expectations so far. They tied this week in the vote with their opponent this week; the Longhorns. However, Texas is the favorite heading into the game, and for good reason. As a quarterback, Jesse Ertz’s play has fallen off since opening the season as the nation’s most efficient passer, but as a de facto running back, he leads the team in rushing. If K-State can’t figure out a passing attack, the could be in trouble as Texas ranks 17th in the country against the run.

T-6. TEXAS [1-0, 2-2]

POINTS: 54
PREVIOUS RANKING: 7 [🔺1]
LAST WEEK: Beat ISU, 17-7
THIS WEEK: vs K-State

Texas isn’t fully back, but it is safe to say that their defense has been no joke. If they continue to play to the level they have, it will keep the Longhorns in a lot of games. However, if they want to upset some of the offensive powerhouses in the conference, they will need to find an offense of their own. They match up well against this week, but you can’t do it all from one side of the ball. Buechele, or Ehlinger if he ends up playing, will need to step up against a team that enjoys a gritty, down in the mud, game.

8. IOWA STATE [0-1, 2-2]

POINTS: 74
PREVIOUS RANKING: 8
LAST WEEK: Lost to UT, 17-7
THIS WEEK: at Oklahoma

Iowa State has the coaching and the weapons to be a significantly improved team, but in their two losses this season, they’ve shown a lot of tendencies that have plagued them in the past. The couldn’t close out Iowa, and fell apart against Texas. The Longhorn defense will frustrate a lot of teams, but if the Cyclones want any chance in upsetting Oklahoma, Jacob Park needs to bounce back from a less than stellar performance last week. If he manages to hit the broad side of a barn, there’s a good chance he may knock it down. He has a cannon, but he must improve his accuracy and know when to put a little air under the ball. A little touch on the ball would go a long way in his game.

9. KANSAS [0-1, 1-3]

POINTS: 83
PREVIOUS RANKING: 10 [🔺1]
LAST WEEK: Bye
THIS WEEK: vs Texas Tech

The bye week was good to Kansas. They move back into the 9-spot, but if they want to stay out of the basement, they will need to figure some things out. They got a nice win to open the season, but since they have not looked like a team ready to take the next step. The Jayhawks showed significant improvement when playing at home last season, and they welcome a reeling Texas Tech team this week. Kansas needs to show that they can at least be competitive in this one.

10. BAYLOR [0-2, 0-5]

POINTS: 86
PREVIOUS RANKING: 9 [🔻-1]
LAST WEEK: Lost to KSU, 33-20
THIS WEEK: Bye

Over the last two weeks, Baylor has looked much more competitive than they did in early-season losses to Liberty and UTSA. However, the loss to Kansas State reminded us that they need to actually win a game before we should put them ahead of the Jayhawks. You also have to wonder how long they can keep up these spirited performance as the losses continue to mount.

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