For the fourth time this season, the Big 12 has three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. And for the second straight week, that includes a first-timer for the season as Kansas State moves in and TCU moves out.
The Horned Frogs didn’t just move out of the rankings after their loss to SMU on Saturday, they didn’t even pick up a single vote in the Week 5 poll. It’s the first time this season they’re not at least among the RV.
While TCU is gone, the Big 12 does have two other teams nearing the Top 25 with Oklahoma State and Iowa State both in the running.
Here is where things stand after Week 4 for the Big 12:
- 6. Oklahoma
- 11. Texas
- 24. Kansas State
RV: Oklahoma State, Iowa State
For a second straight week, one could argue the Big 12 is getting no respect. Kansas State moved into the Top 25 only because an overrated team like Arizona State got in over them.
Oklahoma moved back a spot in the rankings for a second time this weekend despite not losing. This time while they were on a bye. No, they don’t have a win like LSU, but getting bumped by Ohio State is nothing more than a bias. Sorry folks but thumping Miami of Ohio isn’t impressive.
The Big 12 is a tough spot this week too. With Oklahoma State (No. 27) facing Kansas State (No. 24), the winner will likely be ranked next week and the loser not. The likelihood of the Big 12 getting four teams ranked this season is low. Not impossible, but unrealistic at this point.
What’s up with Oklahoma State?
Oklahoma State’s ‘state’ in the latest AP Poll is an interesting one.
After losing to Texas on Saturday, Oklahoma State remained at what is essentially No. 27 in the latest poll and actually gained six points, despite appearing in 14 voters’ polls as opposed to 22 voters’ polls the week before.
It’s interesting how different people can view a game. Some voters gained confidence in Oklahoma State after the loss. Specifically Don Williams who moved the Cowboys from No. 24 to No. 15 in his poll following their Austin performance. Another voter, ESPN’s Rece Davis, moved the Cowboys from unranked to No. 20.
But then there’s Nate Fink moved Oklahoma State from No. 19 to unranked after the loss.
I honestly don’t have a complaint either way. Do I think Oklahoma State is one of the 25 best teams in the country this season? Yes. Do they deserve to be ranked? Eh. Your choice. But it is interesting to see how different the voters are, how they rank teams, and what they view as important in deciding who deserves to be ranked.