Big 12 Power Rankings: Iowa State upends West Virginia, Texas to the top in week 8

Quarterback John Holcombe poses for a quick photo before the OSU game on Oct. 13, 2018. K-State won 31-12. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

There are only two Big 12 games this weekend several teams. Texas keeps on winning and Iowa State is causing a storm in the Big 12.

10. University of Kansas (2-4, 0-3)

Kansas is coming off a bye week and is still in search of its first Big 12 victory this season, and its first since 2016.

Freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr. is second in the Big 12 in rushing with 107.8 yards per game. He also leads the conference in all-purpose yards with 147.6 yards per game.

The Jayhawk defense leads the Big 12 in interceptions with 11, three of which have been returned for touchdowns.

The defense will need to step up on Saturday, as Kansas will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face a Texas Tech team averaging 43.2 points per game.

The Jayhawks and Red Raiders will kick off at 2:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcasted on FS1.

9. Baylor University (4-3, 2-2)

Baylor fought and came close to a comeback before losing a low-scoring battle to No. 9 Texas 23-17 last Saturday.

Charlie Brewer threw for 240 yards and one touchdown, connecting with junior wide receiver Denzel Mims. The sophomore quarterback posted a QBR of just 47.7.

Jalen Hurd scored on the ground for the Bears’ only other touchdown, and he ran a total of six times for just 13 yards.

Baylor will have a bye this week and will be back in action on Oct. 25 against West Virginia.

8. Oklahoma State University (4-3, 1-3)

Oklahoma State lost to Kansas State 31-12 on Saturday.

The Cowboys averaged 44 points per game going into Saturday’s matchup.

Taylor Cornelius threw for 184 yards, two interceptions, while running for 55 yards and the Cowboys’ only touchdown of the day. Running back Justice Hill was held to 41 rushing yards, and his record of 12 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown was ended on Saturday.

After a bye this week, the Cowboys will host the Longhorns.

7. Kansas State University (3-4, 1-3)

Kansas State bounced back with a dominant 31-12 victory over Oklahoma State in Manhattan on Saturday. The win gave the Wildcats their first conference win of the season, leaving Kansas as the only team left to win a Big 12 game.

Alex Barnes rushed for 181 yards and four touchdowns and as a result was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

The Wildcats shut the second-ranked scoring offense in the Big 12 to only 12 points. Duke Shelley was voted the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after having two interceptions and six tackles in the win.

The Wildcats will have a bye week before having back-to-back weeks on the road to face Oklahoma and TCU.

6. Texas Christian University (3-3, 1-2)

TCU lost 17-14 in a low scoring matchup against Texas Tech last Thursday.

Coming off an injury, quarterback Shawn Robinson threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat, but also threw two interceptions. Wide receiver KaVontae Turpin had six receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown.

The Horned Frogs outgained Tech, 411-353, but they gave up three turnovers to just two by the Red Raiders.

TCU will host ninth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ABC.

5. Texas Tech University (4-2, 2-1)

The Red Raiders outlasted TCU for a 17-14 victory on Thursday night.

Jett Duffey filled in for an injured Alan Bowman and threw for 190 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore ran for 83 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the game that proved to be the game-winner.

Bowman should be ready to go this Saturday against KU after suffering a partially collapsed lung a few weeks ago against West Virginia.

Texas Tech will host Kansas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.

4. Iowa State University (3-3, 2-2)

Iowa State shocked sixth-ranked West Virginia, 30-14 in Ames on Saturday. The defeat of the Mountaineers is the Cyclones’ second-straight win over a Top-25 team.

Freshman Brock Purdy out-dueled Heisman hopeful Will Grier, throwing for 254 yards and three touchdowns in the upset.

The Cyclones had 498 total yards against one of the best defenses in the Big 12, and were only losing for about three minutes of the first quarter after West Virginia scored the game’s first touchdown.

The defense held the Mountaineers to 152 total yards of offense, nine first downs, and Grier only had 100 yards passing.

Iowa State will have some decisions to make at quarterback. Purdy has had two standout games and senior Kyle Kempt is almost ready to return from his injury.

The Cyclones will have a week to decide on who to go with at quarterback and will host Texas Tech after the bye week.

3. No. 13 West Virginia University (5-1, 3-1)

West Virginia could not stop the Cyclones on Saturday in one of the biggest upsets in the Big 12 this season. The Mountaineers’ hopes for an undefeated season came to an end in a 30-14 loss.

Will Grier was limited to 100 passing yards and a touchdown.

West Virginia was shut out in the second half and only had 152 total yards.

The number one ranked scoring defense allowed 30 points to a team led by freshman, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy.

The Mountaineers will have a week before they host Baylor on Oct. 25.

2. No. 9 University of Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1)

Oklahoma is coming off a bye week after a heartbreaking loss to Texas two weeks. A win on Saturday would make the Sooners bowl-eligible.

Kyler Murray has 1,764 passing yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

After firing defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, the Sooners promoted assistant Ruffin McNeill to the job, and this will be his first game in charge of the defense.

Oklahoma will play TCU on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ABC.

1. No. 7 University of Texas (6-1, 4-0)

Texas is the first Big 12 team to become eligible for a bowl game after earning their sixth win, defeating Baylor 23-17 on Saturday.

Backup quarterback Shane Buechele filled in for Sam Ehlinger after he left with an injury in the first quarter. Buechele threw for 184 yards and a touchdown in relief of Ehlinger.

On Sunday, the team announced that Ehlinger has a first-degree shoulder sprain in his right, throwing arm.

Although Texas is undefeated in conference play, its loss to Maryland in the season-opener could hinder its chances to make the College Football Playoff.

The Longhorns will have a bye before traveling to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State on Oct. 27, giving Ehlinger’s shoulder time to heal.