Musical chairs: baseball power rankings

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Members of the Kansas State University Wildcats baseball team play against the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 22, 2017. The Wildcats went on to win the game with a final score of 8-4. (Justin Wright | The Collegian)

1. TCU (30-9, 11-4) (Last Week: 2) (Next: at Texas Tech)

After winning its series over Baylor and a bit of a collapse from Texas Tech, TCU has taken over the No. 1 spot in the power rankings once again. As we approach the last month of the season, the Horned Frogs could really solidify themselves as top dogs.

2. West Virginia (24-15, 9-6) (Last Week: 3) (Next: Oklahoma)

A very average week of 2-2 is nothing to be ashamed of, as the Mountaineers jumped up to No. 2 in the power rankings. But West Virginia did lose two games to last place Kansas State, so some concerns did arise.

3. Texas Tech (33-11, 9-6) (Last Week: 1) (Next: TCU)

The top was nice while it lasted, but going 1-3 over the past week has Texas Tech dropping down to third. The Red Raiders are just slightly out of first place in the conference, but will need to do some work as the season approaches its end.

4. Kansas (20-20, 8-7) (Last Week: 5) (Next: Baylor)

A solid week for Kansas, where it nearly swept Oklahoma on the road and defeated Grand Canyon on the road, allowed the Jayhawks to climb into the top four of the power rankings. KU could be a dangerous team come conference tournament time.

5. Texas (28-16, 7-8) (Last Week: 4) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

Texas had a solid week, going out and sweeping New Orleans at home, but then lost a midweek game to Louisiana-Lafayette. Perhaps the Longhorns will get hot at the end of the season.

6. Oklahoma (28-15, 6-6) (Last Week: 6) (Next: at West Virginia)

A bit of a rough week for Oklahoma, but it still managed to stay put because of struggles from other teams. The Sooners do not seem to be on any sort of rapid pace to improvement.

7. Oklahoma State (23-16, 6-9) (Last Week: 8) (Next: Texas)

Oklahoma State was impressive, winning two of three games against Texas Tech, thus jumping Baylor. The Cowboys are still struggling, but had a nice week nonetheless.

8. Baylor (25-16, 6-9) (Last Week: 7) (Next: at Kansas)

Baylor won two and lost two over the past week, but the two losses came in conference play, thus dropping them down. The Bears will have to work hard to stay out of the bottom spot.

9. Kansas State (21-20, 4-11) (Last Week: 9) (Next: Abilene Christian)

K-State did well, taking two out of three games from a good West Virginia team, but failed to build off its momentum by dropping a close one to Arkansas at Kauffman Stadium. The Wildcats are still looking for that late season push.

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