With just four Big 12 teams in action this weekend, there was a dearth of potential for some teams to move up or down very much. Still, here’s a look of where the conference stands heading into October.
The Sooners have the conference’s most impressive win (on the road against Ohio State) so far this year, so they will remain atop the conference until a Big 12 foe proves they can beat them.
The Frogs proved they were underestimated entering 2017 by beating Oklahoma State last weekend, firmly planting themselves in the Big 12 title hunt. ESPN College Gameday is headed to Fort Worth for TCU’s big matchup with West Virginia.
3. Oklahoma State
The Cowboys got back on track with a close 41-34 victory over Texas Tech on the road. Now they head into the bye week before taking on Baylor in a couple weeks.
4. West Virginia
Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are right outside the Big 12 title discussion right now, but a road win over TCU this Saturday would firmly put them in the hunt. TCU’s defense will be a stiff test for Will Grier and the West Virginia offense.
5. Texas Tech
Despite a loss to Oklahoma State, the Red Raiders were far more competitive with a highly ranked team than many expected them to be. A matchup against Kansas next weekend provides Tech with a chance to rebound and get to 4-1 before heading into the heart of Big 12 play.
6. Kansas State
After a disappointing loss to Vanderbilt to round out the non-conference schedule, Kansas State notched a lackluster win over Baylor. They play Texas in Austin next weekend, and each team will be hungry in what should be a competitive game.
After an up and down non-conference slate, Texas was able to start Big 12 play off on the right foot with a road win against Iowa State. It wasn’t pretty with a final score of 17-7, but I think almost any big 12 school would take a weeknight win in Ames.
8. Iowa State
The decision not to run the ball with David Montgomery earlier and more often may have cost the Cyclones a chance to beat Texas. Quarterback Jacob Park struggled mightily at times during the loss, and Iowa State clearly has some things to fix if they want to win some Big 12 games.
The Jayhawks were more competitive with a solid West Virginia squad than the final score of 56-34 would indicate. After a bye week, they host Texas Tech and will try their best to capitalize on the Red Raiders being sluggish coming off a disappointing loss.
The Bears have been more competitive with Oklahoma and Kansas State the past two weekends, but they sit at 0-5 and are the only winless Power Five program in the country.
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