Monday, November 14, 2011
Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 12
By David Ubben
We've only got three weeks left in the season. Here's how the Big 12 looks as the clock ticks on the season.
1. Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12, last week: 1): OSU is defining the term "bowing up" on teams. Any ideas Texas Tech had of an upset were over pretty quick in a crazy 66-6 win in Lubbock. It's been awhile (read: never) since anybody's come to Lubbock and won a game like that. The 60-point loss was the worst in school history.
2. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1, LW: 2): A heck of a weekend for the idle Sooners. Boise State and Stanford both lost and Oklahoma's got a strong case as the nation's top one-loss team. The Big Question: Will voters downgrade Oklahoma's best wins for an ugly loss against Texas Tech, or downgrade the Sooners for being without Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley, the team's top receiver and rusher. They'll have to beat OSU to find out. That won't be easy.
3. Kansas State (8-2, 5-2, LW: 4): Cardiac Cats is about right. Another thrilling game for K-State, and another fourth quarter comeback. This one took four overtimes, the longest game in Big 12 history. Collin Klein continues to truck defenders and burrow into the end zone, now with 24 touchdowns on the season.
4. Baylor (6-3, 3-3, LW: 6): That could have been disastrous. Baylor needed fourth-quarter heroics to rescue an awful three quarters, and turned a 24-3 fourth-quarter deficit against Kansas to a 31-30 overtime win. Big-time ballgame in the fourth quarter from Robert Griffin III, but that wasn't too pretty.
5. Texas (6-3, 3-3, LW: 3): You could switch Baylor and Texas in this ranking, but the Longhorns are reeling and banged up fron injuries. Fozzy Whittaker is done for the year, and freshmen Jaxon Shipley, Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron are still trying to get healthy. The result? A long day in Columbia for quarterback David Ash. Linebacker Keenan Robinson is also likely to miss time with an injured thumb.
6. Missouri (5-5, 3-4, LW: 7): The Tigers got their biggest win of the year with a dominant defensive performance against Texas, holding the Longhorns to their first game without a TD since 2004. Missouri must deal with the loss of Henry Josey, but like he did at the beginning of the season, backups Kendial Lawrence and De'Vion Moore must pick up the slack with one more win needed for bowl eligibility.
7. Texas A&M (5-5, 3-4, LW: 5): Oh, the Aggies. This team should probably be a lot closer to 9-1 than 5-5, but alas, here they sit. Texas A&M has a double-digit lead in every game this season but the loss to Oklahoma. And they're .500. ... Has anyone ever duplicated that feat? Unbelievable.
8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4, LW: 9): Iowa State's going to need a ton of help to qualify for a bowl game. The two Oklahoma schools are up next, followed by Kansas State. For those of you keeping track, those are the Big 12's top three teams. Talk about a backloaded schedule. Yeesh.
9. Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5, LW: 5): Texas Tech's been one of the league's big disappointments this year, well behind Texas A&M, but still underwhelming. The Red Raiders are 5-5 with five losses in the last six games, but other than the win over Oklahoma, here are Texas Tech's wins: Texas State, Nevada, New Mexico, Kansas. Um ... about that ...
10. Kansas (2-8, 0-7, LW: 10): So close, Kansas. So close. The Jayhawks probably deserved this one, but the Bears offense broke through in the fourth quarter and showed why they entered the game as the nation's No. 2 offense. They're dangerous, and Kansas' defense isn't exactly loaded with talent. If Kansas couldn't get a win in this one, I'm not sure where the next one's coming. A trip to Kyle Field is up next, followed by what will be a heated, somber rivalry game against Missouri, likely the last for awhile. This is me making a sad face.