Big 12 baseball power rankings

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Willie the Wildcat watches the K-State baseball game against Eastern Illinois University at Tointon Family Stadium on March 5, 2017. (File Photo by John Benfer | The Collegian)

1. Texas Tech (23-4, 3-0) (Next: Texas Southern)

Picked to finish third in the Big 12, Texas Tech has met and exceeded those expectations. The Red Raiders are hot as they have not lost since a 5-1 defeat from UT-Arlington on March 14, and sit at the top of the Big 12 Conference.

2. TCU (18-5, 5-1) (Next: UTRGV)

TCU won the Big 12 in 2016 and was picked to win the conference again this season. The Horned Frogs have lost just once in conference play (a 4-3 loss to Kansas) so those predictions still look good for now.

3. Oklahoma (23-5, 2-1) (Next: Texas Tech)

In three Big 12 games, Oklahoma has seen many runs scored. In its first three conference games, Oklahoma has averaged nearly five runs per game. With that type of efficiency, the Sooners could contend for the Big 12 this year.

4. West Virginia (13-9, 2-1) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

West Virginia picked up one of the nine first place votes in the preseason poll, but has struggled out of the gate with a 13-9 overall start. The Mountaineers are 2-1 in the conference, though, so they are off to a smooth start there.

5. Texas (18-10, 3-3) (Next: at Kansas)

The Longhorns are usually a Big 12 contender, but have gotten off to a rough start at just 3-3 in conference play. It is still early in the season, but Texas will need to turn things around quickly.

6. Baylor (18-7, 2-4) (Next: at Washington)

Baylor has now lost back-to-back games and will hit the road looking to avoid a third straight loss. The Bears’ 18-7 overall record is impressive to start, but 2-4 in conference play is a record they would like to see improve.

7. Kansas (10-14, 1-2) (Next: Minnesota)

KU is low in the conference standings with just one conference win, but has only played three conference games at this point. The Jayhawks have lost 14 games so far this year, but still could improve, as they are just getting ready to start their conference schedule.

8. Oklahoma State (15-9, 0-3) (Next: West Virginia)

Oklahoma State is fresh off of a sweep at the hands of TCU to start conference play. It is a far from promising start for the Cowboys if they want to chase a Big 12 title this year.

9. Kansas State (15-10, 0-3) (Next: TCU)

Kansas State was pummeled on Tuesday in Lincoln, Nebraska, 11-1 at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Much like Oklahoma State, the Wildcats will need to turn the momentum the other way quickly.

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