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2017 Season - Week 9

LGG Big 12 Poll: Week 9

A big win for the Cyclones in week eight has shaken up the poll as Iowa State makes a big jump.

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LGG Big 12 Poll: Week 9

Is there a deeper conference in the country? I’m not sure, but it may be time to start looking into it. The Big 12 has three top 10, or top 15 given the week, so it’s very strong on the top, but it also have two more teams in the top 25, and another team in Texas that looks like a top 25 team. Eighty percent of this conference can win any given week, and each passing week seems to pose more questions than it answers.

Unfortunately, because of the round-robin, the conference will continue to eat itself and not get the credit it deserves. Here’s how we ranked the conference heading into week 9.

1. TCU [4-0, 7-0]

POINTS: 11 (H 1, L 1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 1
LAST WEEK: Beat KU, 43-0
THIS WEEK: at Iowa State

The Horned Frogs keep winning, but they are about to enter the meat of their schedule. The upcoming gauntlet starts with going to Ames to facing an Iowa State team that is vastly improved. Ames has spoiled national championship runs before, so the Frogs will have to come out focused if they want to still be number one this time next week.

2. OK STATE [3-1, 6-1]

POINTS: 29 (H 2, L 4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 2
LAST WEEK: Beat UT, 13-10
THIS WEEK: at West Virginia

The Cowboys have some weaknesses along the offensive line, and that showed in the game against Texas. However, the Pokes got the win and the remaining teams on the Cowboy’s schedule won’t be able to take advantage of the weakness line the Longhorns did. Coach Gundy is hoping to get some health back up front this week as they face a tough test in Morgantown that has all the makings of a shootout.

3. OKLAHOMA [3-1, 6-1]

POINTS: 30 (H 2, L 4)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 3
LAST WEEK: Beat KSU, 42-35
THIS WEEK: vs Texas Tech

Phew, that was close. K-State has not looked like the contender we expected them to be. That is, until OU went to Manhattan last week. The Wildcats nearly pulled off the upset that would have sent the poll into chaos. The Sooners escaped with the win and now face a Texas Tech team fighting for bowl eligibility.

4. IOWA ST [3-1, 5-2]

POINTS: 46 (H 2, L 6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 7 [🔺3]
LAST WEEK: Beat TTU, 31-13
THIS WEEK: vs TCU

The Cyclones are the most improved team in the conference. Coach Campbell has taken this team from bottom of the Big 12 to where one voter ranked them number two in the conference. That’s probably an overreaction to the big win over a surging Texas Tech team in Lubbock, but there is no denying that the Cyclones have talent at key positions that make them dangerous any given week. We’ll find out just how good this team is this week with a big game against TCU.

5. WVU [3-1, 5-2]

POINTS: 52 (H 4, L 6)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 4 [🔻-1]
LAST WEEK: Beat BU, 38-36
THIS WEEK: vs Oklahoma State

The Mountaineers survived Baylor’s comeback bid, but it didn’t help the narrative that this is a team that struggles to put it altogether for four quarters. Two weeks ago they needed a massive fourth-quarter surge to come back against Texas Tech. Last week a fourth quarter collapse nearly cost them the game. Until they figure it out, we still don’t know what this team’s potential is.

6. TEXAS [2-2, 3-4]

POINTS: 65 (H 5, L 7)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 5 [🔻-1]
LAST WEEK: Lost to OSU, 13-10
THIS WEEK: at Baylor

How deep is the Big 12? Here we are with Texas at sixth, but from everyone that I’ve spoken that covers college football, we are all in agreement — if it wasn’t for their record, Texas is a top 25 team. Their defense has been very impressive and QB Ehlinger gives them a different dynamic on offense. They had the Pokes on the ropes, and if it wasn’t for a freshman mistake putting that ball up, who knows how that game turns out.

7. TEXAS TECH [1-3, 4-3]

POINTS: 79 (H 6, L 8)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 6 [🔻-1]
LAST WEEK: Lost to ISU, 31-13
THIS WEEK: at Oklahoma

What to make of the Red Raiders? I’ve already admitted that I sold them short before the season as they’ve surprised early. However, after a big loss to Iowa State, there may be reason to pause the hype on Texas Tech. They’ve won just one Big 12 game, and have a tough stretch coming up. With bowl eligibility in the balance, they’ll need to bounce back and find at least a couple of more wins.

8. K-STATE [1-3, 3-4]

POINTS: 84 (H 7, L 8)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 8
LAST WEEK: Lost to OU, 42-35
THIS WEEK: at Kansas

Kansas State, welcome to 2017. You finally showed up. Unfortunately, it was against Oklahoma, and the Sooners still got the win. Still, continue to play well down the stretch, and you could cause all kinds of chaos in the conference.

9. BAYLOR [0-4, 0-7]

POINTS: 101 (H 9, L 10)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 9
LAST WEEK: Lost to WVU, 38-36
THIS WEEK: vs Texas

Is Baylor the best 0-7 team in the history of college football? Down big to WVU, they scored 23 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come within a two-point conversion of sending the game to overtime. If the locker room can keep from getting discouraged, they look like a team just waiting to break through.

10. KANSAS [0-4, 1-6]

POINTS: 108 (H 9, L 10)
PREVIOUS RANKING: 10
LAST WEEK: Lost to TCU, 43-0
THIS WEEK: vs Kansas State

I’ve said I don’t like putting Kansas below Baylor until Baylor get their first win, but even I can no longer ignore how poorly Kansas is playing. They aren’t just losing, they are losing at historic levels. Literally. Their 21 yards of total offense is the fewest amount of yards put up by any team in Big 12 history. And 17 of those yards came on their final drive of the game; when it was well in hand.

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