Big 12 Power Rankings week 8: TCU still reigns supreme

K-State senior defensive Marquel Bryant approaches TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin as TCU offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai comes in for a tackle during the football game between K-State and Texas Christian University on Oct. 10, 2015 in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (File Photo by George Walker | The Collegian)

1. TCU (4) (7-0) Next: Bye Week

Another week at No.1, TCU has the week off before they host West Virginia on Oct. 29. Aside from Kansas on Nov. 14, the Horned Frogs will get tested by the Big 12 elite in the second half of the season.

2. Baylor (2) (6-0) Next: Iowa State

The Bears notched another beat down last week when they hosted West Virginia. With one of the nation’s best scoring offenses, Baylor should breeze past Iowa State this weekend and will face their first road test at K-State in two weeks.

3. Oklahoma (17) (5-1) Next: Texas Tech

Oklahoma, OK indeed. It seems that Oklahoma has gotten back on track after slapping the Wildcats around. So, now all that stands between them and a possible trip to the College Football Playoff is the four-team battle royal between Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State.

4. Oklahoma State (14) (6-0) Next: Kansas

One of the nation’s most unsung teams sitting at 6-0, the Cowboys face 0-6 Kansas before receiving an interesting test on the road at high-scoring Texas Tech on Oct. 31. If history tells us anything, this game will involve a lot of points and a lot of fun.

5. Texas Tech (NR) (5-2) Next: At Oklahoma

After passing out at the finish line in a win against Kansas, Tech has the opportunity to grab a huge win at home against Oklahoma. The win would give the Red Raiders some long-needed respect in the Big 12 and maybe even the nation.

6. West Virginia (NR) (3-3) Next: Bye Week

The Mountaineers have been struggling ever since they lost defensive standout Karl Joseph a few weeks back, and they have yet to collect a win in Big 12 play. The season doesn’t get any easier with a Thursday night matchup at TCU.

T7. K-State (NR) (3-3) and Texas (NR) (2-4): At Texas

It’s simple — the “tiebreaker” game this week will let us know who’s still trying to make some noise in the conference and whose road to bowl eligibility just got a bit rougher.

9. Iowa State (NR) (2-4) Next: At Baylor

Speaking of teams struggling, the Cyclones are 2-4 and 1-2 in the conference. It’s possible that if Iowa State doesn’t reach a bowl game, it could mean the end of Paul Rhoads at Iowa State.

10. Kansas (NR) (0-6) Next: At Oklahoma State

Well… at least they made Texas Tech sweat, right? That’s a sign of progress, right?