Sure the Big 12 might be getting screwed in the College Football Playoffs, but it’s still possible it could get one or even two teams in. The most important ranking right now, however, is the Big 12 Power Rankings. Hello week 12.
1. Oklahoma (7) (9-1) Next: TCU
A week after Oklahoma State stunned TCU, the Sooners traveled to Waco, Texas, and dropped the Bears, setting up a possible winner-take-all for the Big 12 title in two weeks. For that to happen, though, the Sooners have to beat TCU.
2. Oklahoma State (4) (10-0) Next: Baylor
Last week, the Cowboys survived in Ames, Iowa, and still are on track for a possible appearance in the playoffs. For Oklahoma State to reach football’s final four, they’ll have to go through Baylor and Oklahoma to do it. This is easier said than done.
3. TCU (11) (9-1) Next: At Oklahoma
Right now, the Horned Frogs are beaten up and looking at a nearly impossible return to the playoffs. A win at Oklahoma this weekend would work wonders for their chances.
4. Baylor (10) (8-1) Next: At Oklahoma State
See TCU. The Bears, however, don’t have as solid of a resume as TCU.
5. Texas Tech (NR) (6-5) Next: Bye Week
Texas Tech’s win over K-State has made them bowl eligible. They could possibly have some company by the end of the weekend.
6. West Virginia (NR) (5-4) Next: At Kansas
West Virginia should win this weekend at Kansas. If they don’t then, um… uh-oh.
7. Texas (NR) (4-6) Next: Bye Week
In order for Texas to be bowl eligible this season, the Longhorns have to beat Texas Tech and Baylor. One out of two might just be enough because, well, it’s been that kind of season for the Big 12.
8. Iowa State (NR) (3-7) Next: At K-State
Iowa State has limped through another season, finishing under .500. A win versus K-State would surely spoil the Wildcats’ season and officially give the Cyclones and Jayhawks some company at the “We didn’t make a bowl” party.
9. K-State (NR) (3-6) Next: Iowa State
It’s simple for the Wildcats: win and their bowl hopes are alive; lose and they’re dead.
It’s really as simple as that.
10. Kansas (NR) (0-10) Next: West Virginia
They may be sitting at the bottom of the power
rankings, but these Jayhawks are certainly fighting. I’ll give them that. Don’t be
shocked if they challenge for an upset in their final few games.