The week 13 AP Top 25 Poll is out, and there wasn’t a lot of good news for the Big 12 as the conference continues to consume itself.
It wasn’t pretty, but Oklahoma managed to hold off Kansas in Norman, but it doesn’t need to be pretty. A win is a win, and the AP voters agree as the Sooners held steady at sixth. The game in Stillwater was a bit more costly for the conference. Oklahoma State erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to send West Virginia back home with their second loss. The Mountaineer’s goal of making the Big 12 Championship game, and anything after that, took a hit, and West Virginia fell out of the top 10 at 12th.
However, it was the Cyclones that suffered the biggest fall of the week. Something had to give as Iowa State and Texas squared off in Austin, but I’m not sure anyone expected the Cyclones to fall quite so far as they’re barely hanging onto the poll at 25th. Apparently losing to Texas is a bigger deal than beating Iowa State as the Longhorns only climbed two spots.
Big 12 In The Week 13 AP Poll
11. Texas 🔺2
12. West Virginia 🔻5
25. Iowa State 🔻7
Ahead of Oklahoma, Alabama is one (shocker), Clemson is two, Notre Dame (the Big 12 and Pac 12 champions’ biggest playoff problem) is third, Michigan is fourth and Georgia rounds out the top five. None of that is unexpected as they all held serve this week, but the next two weeks will give the Sooners a chance to climb into playoff contention. Michigan has to play 10th-ranked Ohio State, while Alabama and Georgia still have to play each other. And then there’s the conference championship games where anything can happen.
You can check out the full poll here, as we wait for the poll that actually matters on Tuesday.