1. TCU (27-5, 8-1) (Last Week: 1) (Next: at West Virginia)
A dominant sweep of Murray State and a midweek win over Dallas Baptist improved TCU’s overall record. The Horned Frogs played no Big 12 games, but their lead in the conference has since improved with other teams dropping games along the way.
2. Texas Tech (29-7, 6-3) (Last Week: 3) (Next: at Kansas State)
Texas Tech took two out of three from Baylor and also got a big win over New Mexico. After recently falling out of first place, the Red Raiders’ spirits are high and will likely continue to rise as they face a struggling Kansas State team this weekend.
3. West Virginia (19-12, 6-3) (Last Week: 4) (Next: TCU)
Although West Virginia lost its midweek game to Maryland, it took two wins from Kansas to stay competitive in the conference race. The Mountaineers can either make a push against TCU or fall down the standings.
4. Oklahoma (27-9, 5-4) (Last Week: 2) (Next: at Michigan)
Oklahoma traveled to Austin, Texas, to face the Texas Longhorns, where it lost two out of three games. The Sooners then went to Oral Roberts and lost another one. A rough week in Norman has Oklahoma trending downward.
5. Texas (23-13, 6-6) (Last Week: 6) (Next: at Baylor)
Things were not looking great for Texas last week as it sat under .500 in the conference and was facing then-second place Oklahoma. The Longhorns took two from the Sooners, though, sparking a bit of hope.
6. Kansas (15-17, 4-5) (Last Week: 5) (Next: Oklahoma State)
Kansas has been hot, going from seventh to fifth in the power rankings last week. Two losses to West Virginia, though, dropped the Jayhawks back down a spot. A series win against a down Oklahoma State team will be much needed.
7. Oklahoma State (19-13, 3-6) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at Kansas)
After sitting in the cellar, Oklahoma State came to life a bit this weekend, taking two games from K-State. But an 11-5 loss to Central Arkansas after that quickly deflated the sails of Cowboy fans.
8. Baylor (20-13, 3-6) (Last Week: 7) (Next: Texas)
Losing two of three to Texas Tech is not what put Baylor in the hole this week. It was a 7-4 loss to Sam Houston State, on the Bears’ home field. Perhaps Baylor can stop the skid, but Texas is quickly improving.
9. Kansas State (16-16, 1-8) (Last Week: 9) (Next: Texas Tech)
Things just keep getting worse for K-State. The Wildcats won their first game at Oklahoma State, but lost the next two. Then they were beaten 6-1 on Tuesday at home against Nebraska. K-State fans are counting down the days now until the spring football game.