Week five went a long way to clearing up the rest of the conference for us. At least for now. One through four was a consensus, but it gets crowded after that.
As a reminder, instead of showing a 1-10 ranking, we are showing each team’s average rank as voted on by Josh, Phillip, Andy and myself. We feel like this gives additional information about how close the voting was. It shows just how close the gap is between some teams and it shows just how much each team has moved.
1.00 – Oklahoma
The Sooners routed the Red Raiders, and Jalen Hurts and crew get another opportunity to pad their stats this week with Kansas, before heading into the Red River Showdown next week.
2.00 – Texas
The Longhorns were idle last week, and it was much needed rest. The secondary and running back position has significant injuries while Sam Ehlinger has also been playing banged up. This week they travel to West Virginia before the matchup with Oklahoma next week.
3.00 – Oklahoma State ↑0.25
For the first time all season, we have a consensus number three after the Cowboys throttled Kansas State. The defense needs to continue to improve, but the Pokes seem to be getting better as the season goes on.
4.00 – Baylor ↑1.75
The Bears are our biggest upward mover this week after defeating Iowa State. They nearly let the game slip away in the fourth quarter, but they got the win and that’s all that matters. With Kansas State up next, they face another test which will help determine the middle of the conference.
5.50 – Kansas State ↓1.25
The Wildcats impressed in their conference slate, but looked lost without star receiver Malik Knowles. It looks like Knowles will miss another week, so someone is going to have to step up in the receiving corps to give Skylar Thompson someone to throw to.
6.25 – Iowa State ↓1.50
The Cyclones were the Big 12 media’s preseason number three, but their body of work to this point has been less than impressive. They needed triple overtime to defeat Northern Iowa, lost to Iowa, and lost to Baylor last week. They have the win over UL-Monroe, but we can’t ignore the other outings.
6.25 – TCU ↑1.00
The Horned Frogs are a team we could see move up the rankings. Especially, if they keep playing like they did against Kansas. Their loss to SMU is also looking better as the Mustangs enter the AP Top 25. The Frogs will have a chance to make another jump in the power rankings with Iowa State up next.
8.00 – West Virginia ↓0.25
The Mountaineers have climbed out of the basement, but we aren’t convinced they will be able to go much higher. They were a consensus pick at eighth.
9.50 – Kansas
We really want to believe that it’s not another year with Kansas in the basement, but they were throttled by the team just two spots ahead of them. The Jayhawks got the big win over Boston College, but that is looking more and more like an anomaly.
9.50 – Texas Tech
Losing Alan Bowman is a tough blow. We saw what happened last year without the star quarterback, and if last week against Oklahoma was any indication, this year might not be any better. This week is going to be another tough test as they will need to find some sort of offense to keep pace with Oklahoma State.