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Monday, November 3, 2008
Big 12 rankings: Red Raiders soar after upset over Texas


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are my rankings for this week:

1. Texas Tech -- Clear path to the national title game if it keeps winning. But that's a big if considering the Red Raiders' difficult closing schedule.

2. Texas -- Will Blake Gideon go down in history as this generation's Craig Curry after his critical dropped interception against Tech?

3. Oklahoma -- Not a good sign for the Sooners when they beat Nebraska by 34 points and still fall two places in the BCS standings.

4. Oklahoma State -- Haven't beaten Tech in Lubbock since 1944, although Cowboys did notch ties there in 1954 and 1956.

5. Missouri -- Near catastrophe in Waco averted by big defensive play by Brock Christopher. The Tigers still have the clearest path to the Big 12 title game among North contenders.

6. Kansas -- Jayhawks' North Division title hopes will depend on getting their first victory in Lincoln since 1968. This is probably the best Kansas team in recent memory to go there -- but that's some serious historical baggage.

7. Nebraska -- Uncharacteristic mistakes from Joe Ganz doomed the Cornhuskers early in Norman. But their bowl hopes remain strong -- particularly if they can knock off Kansas this week.

8. Texas A&M -- Modest two-game winning streak heading into game against Oklahoma. The Aggies have always played Bob Stoops closely there with all games settled by a touchdown or less since 2000.

9. Colorado -- Offensively-challenged Buffaloes have scored only 31 points in their last three games. And it won't get any easier with Rodney Stewart out for the regular season with a broken leg.

10. Baylor -- Two near-misses against Nebraska and Missouri probably won't prepare them much for a trip to an angry Texas team this week in Austin.

11. Kansas State -- It will be interesting if those "Save Ron Prince" chants that echoed through Memorial Stadium last week are heeded by the KSU administrators who will decide his job.

12. Iowa State -- Leonard Johnson's record-breaking kick-return performance at Oklahoma State was the lone bright spot in Cyclones' blowout loss. And he did have nine returns.