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The LGG 2016 Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 7

After week 6, the Big 12 conference is starting to come into focus.



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After a big shake up in last week’s rankings, we might be getting close to figuring this thing out. Hardly anything changed this week. The wildcats and the Longhorns switched spots after the former won and the later well, didn’t. For the rest though, they are starting to settle into their surroundings.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Last Week: 10
Record: 1-4 (0-2)

I don’t know how you do it, but you always manage to play TCU tough. I thought this would be the year the Horned Frogs win comfortably, but I was wrong. Don’t stop fighting, KU. You’ve proven that you’re capable of getting that second win at any time. Now, just go do it.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Last Week: 9
Record: 1-5 (0-3)

Like the Jayhawks, the Cyclones have proven that they are capable of knocking off anyone above them. In the last two weeks they’ve nearly beat Baylor and Oklahoma State. Also like Kansas however, Iowa State lacks the confidence to pull off the upset. Whether or not they get another win will be determined by whether or not they believe they can.

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Last Week: 8
Record: 3-2 (1-1)

How is it, that in a league largely determined by quarterback play, the team with the best quarterback is eighth in the power rankings? It’s because of defense. For Texas Tech, it’s always because of defense. It’s almost unbelievable that one team can consistently have the same problem year in and year out, and it never gets addressed.

7. Texas Longhorns

Last Week: 6
Record: 2-3 (0-2)

I hate to say it, but coach Strong might want to polish up the ol’ resume. I’d like to see him get another year or two, because I do believe he has Texas on the right track, but Longhorns are in desperate need of some big wins if that’s going to happen. Going 5-7, but beating OU is one thing, but going 5-7 and losing to OU is another. You can’t do that and expect to be on the 40 acres for long.

6. Kansas State Wildcats

Last Week: 7
Record: 3-2 (1-1)

Despite two losses, the Wildcats are a sneaky good football team. The question is, can they keep up with some of these Big 12 high-powered offenses. They answered that with a 44-38 win over Texas Tech that really wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

5. TCU Horned Frogs

Last Week: 5
Record: 4-2 (2-1)

At some point TCU is going to show up this season, right? I suppose the 41-20 win over Iowa State looks better than it did a couple of weeks ago, but beating Kansas by a point isn’t the bounce back I expected following the loss to the Sooners. I don’t care how close Kansas historically plays the Horned Frogs. If Gary Patterson can’t get this team focused and playing to their ability, I’m sure the Wildcats would like to take their spot in the power rankings.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

Last Week: 4
Record: 3-2 (2-0)

I have to give the Sooners credit. Three weeks ago I would have bet Oklahoma would have had another loss by now. TCU and Texas aren’t exactly playing elite football right now, but that’s partly to the credit of OU.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Last Week: 3
Record: 4-2 (2-1)

I don’t know what to think about the Cowboys. Should I grade the team that dropped two games they should have won and was down 31-14 late in the third quarter against Iowa State in Stillwater? Or, do I grade the team that dominated the Longhorns and needed less that six minutes of game clock to erase the Cyclone’s lead? For now, they’ll stay put as they get a few weeks to lick their wounds.

2. Baylor Bears

Last Week: 2
Record: 5-0 (2-0)

Baylor and West Virginia stayed put this week as they both spent the weekend watching football instead of playing it.

Following their bye, the Bears welcome the Jayhawks to Waco this week, and barring any surprises, they should remain undefeated for another week.

1. West Virginia Mountaineers

Last Week: 1
Record: 4-0 (1-0)

The Mountaineers are number one for another week as they got to enjoy some rest. Hopefully they put the down time to good use, because up next they have the Red Raiders in Lubbock. They catch a bit of a break as it isn’t a night game, but still, it is a tough place to walk out of with a win. Should they still be undefeated this time next week, the Mountaineers should be the favorite to win the Big 12.