In the first set of weekly rankings released by the College Football Playoff committee, head coach Bill Snyder’s squad falls just inside the top 10.
With it being the end of October, these rankings will more than likely change prior to the final list given on Dec. 7. However, it provided the selected group of 25 teams a strong perception of what the previously hand-picked committee sees from them.
The other Big 12 teams listed are No. 13 Baylor, No. 18 Oklahoma and No. 20 West Virginia.
The top four teams are Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss. That gives the SEC West three teams in the top four and five of the top six with the addition of Alabama at No. 5.
Not only do these 25 teams have to play five more games, many of them will face each other. Auburn and Ole Miss will play each other this Saturday, while TCU travels to Morgantown, West Virginia to play the Mountaineers.
Arguably the most significant games in the Big 12 will come on Nov. 8 when the Wildcats travel to Fort Worth to face TCU and Baylor makes its way to Norman to face Bob Stoops and company.