Big 12 Power Rankings: Texas Jumps to Third Spot
1. Kansas State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12; LW: No. 1) -- Coach Bill Snyder seems very positive that his Heisman-leading quarterback will be fine to start this Saturday after suffering some sort of mystery injury against Oklahoma State. The Wildcats can't afford a slip-up if they want any chance of jumping Oregon and making a national championship appearance, so having Klein healthy is key. Next up: at TCU, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).
2. Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1; LW: No. 2) -- OU — mainly Landry Jones — struggled early but dominated late in a hard-earned win at Iowa State. The Sooners are consistently inconsistent, yet continue to be one of the better teams in the Big 12. Next up: vs. Baylor, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FSN).
3. Texas (7-2, 4-2; LW: No. 7) -- Welcome back, Texas. After Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and West Virginia losses, the Longhorns jump four spots in the rankings and have a chance to end the season strong with Kansas State looming. Next up: vs. Iowa State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (LHN).
4. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3; LW: No. 3) -- The Red Raiders need to get back on track this weekend by boosting morale against Kansas (yes, that means score as many points as possible). This is not where they wanted to be with three games remaining, but there's still much to play for. Next up: vs. Kansas, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (FSN).
5. Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2; LW: No. 4) -- OSU's five wins: Savannah State, LA-Lafayette, Kansas, Iowa State and TCU. Its losses: Arizona, Texas and Kansas State. The Cowboys haven't beaten anybody and need to add a quality win to its lacking resume before season's end. Next up: vs. West Virginia, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
6. TCU (6-3, 3-3; LW: No. 6) -- We're going to see what this young team is made of in the next three weeks, as the Horned Frogs face K-State, Texas and Oklahoma. Next up: vs. Kansas State, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).
7. West Virginia (5-3, 2-3; LW: No. 5) -- It's really disappointing to see what's become of the Mountaineers. After the hot start that included conference title talks and Geno Smith owning a substantial lead in the Heisman race, neither are looking possible. Next up: at Oklahoma State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).
8. Iowa State (5-4, 2-4; LW: No. 8) -- Last week's performance vs. Oklahoma is a perfect example of Iowa State's average season. The Cyclones have one of the better defenses in the conference, which keeps them in games early, but do not have the offensive firepower to pull through in the end. Next up:at Texas, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (LHN).
9. Baylor (4-4, 1-4; LW: No. 9) -- The Bears have an explosive offense that is fueled by the nation's top-ranked passing game. Unfortunately for them, their defense sits on the opposite spectrum (117th), allowing 39.1 points per game. Next up: at Oklahoma, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FSN).
10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6; LW: No. 10) -- Coming within three touchdowns this weekend would be considered a moral victory, in my opinion. Next up: at Texas Tech, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (FSN).
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