Big 12 power rankings: Week 9

Oklahoma State wide receiver Marcell Ateman salutes the crowd following his 11-yard touchdown catch with 46 seconds remaining in the first half of the Wildcats' 34-36 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State Oct. 3, 2015, in Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

1. West Virginia (6-0) (Last Week: 2) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

West Virginia is for real this season. There were doubters out there, but after a very impressive 34-10 win over TCU, behind 231 yards and four touchdowns from senior quarterback Skyler Howard, the Mountaineers take over the top spot.

2. Oklahoma (5-2) (Last Week: 1) (Next: Kansas)

The Sooners won 66-59 over Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. You did not read that score wrong and this was not a basketball game. This was simply two teams that played no defense. Nice win, Oklahoma, but bring a defense next week.

3. Oklahoma State (5-2) (Last Week: 3) (Next: West Virginia)

The Cowboys struggled for a while with Kansas on Saturday, but pulled out a 44-20 win over the Jayhawks. It would have been nicer to see a big win, but it is always tough to get up for bad teams. Oklahoma State will definitely bring its A-game this week against West Virginia.

4. Baylor (6-0) (Last Week: 4) (Next: at Texas)

After a week off, Baylor will travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Longhorns. Texas has struggled recently and the Bears have a high-powered offense that will likely take advantage of the defense that Texas trots out onto the field.

5. Kansas State (4-3) (Last Week: 7) (Next: at Iowa State)

After limping to the finish line in the second half, the Wildcats defeated Texas, 24-21. Junior quarterback Jesse Ertz was solid in his return from a shoulder injury. Kansas State has some very winnable games moving forward, so the Wildcats might stay near the top of the power rankings.

6. TCU (4-3) (Last Week: 6) (Next: Texas Tech)

The Horned Frogs went into Morgantown, West Virginia, and were embarrassed by West Virginia. Junior quarterback Kenny Hill threw for just 148 yards and one touchdown. TCU will need to find itself in order to move forward.

7. Texas (3-4) (Last Week: 5) (Next: Baylor)

Despite having one of the nation’s top running backs, junior D’Onta Foreman, and a great, true-freshman quarterback Shane Buechele, Texas dropped a game to K-State last week. The Longhorns are in rough shape and will probably get knocked around against Baylor this week.

8. Texas Tech (3-4) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at TCU)

Texas Tech put on a nice offensive show against Oklahoma, totaling 854 yards offensively. The problem? The Red Raiders gave up 854 yards as well. Texas Tech may be able to score like crazy, but there are two sides to a football game, which head coach Kliff Kingsbury must not know.

9. Iowa State (1-6) (Last Week: 9) (Next: Kansas State)

Iowa State had a much-needed bye week last week. The Cyclones welcome K-State to town on Saturday, but the cards aren’t stacked in their favor.

10. Kansas (1-6) (Last Week: 10) (Next: at Oklahoma)

The Jayhawks showed a little bit of a fight in their 44-20 loss to Oklahoma State, which was promising for them. Unfortunately, it’s still a loss. And with a trip to Oklahoma coming up, another loss is likely to happen.