2012 College Football Rankings: Week 13 Big 12 Power Rankings

Big 12 Power Rankings: Kansas State Retains Top Spot

11/22/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Kansas State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12; LW: No. 1) – Despite the loss to Baylor – which no one saw coming – the Wildcats still hold the fort in the Big 12. But if they fall to Texas, there’s a good chance they’ll on the outside looking in. Next up: BYE

2. Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1; LW: No. 2) – The Sooner defense gave up big numbers to Geno Smith and Co., but that was expected. Landry Jones played to perfection, which is a good sight to see at this point in the season. Next up: vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

3. Texas (8-2, 5-2; LW: No. 3) – There’s still a chance that Texas could end up sharing the conference title and receiving a BCS berth. But it has to beat TCU and Kansas State first, while hoping Oklahoma loses to OSU. Next up: vs. TCU, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

4. Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2; LW: No. 4) – It’s been one quarterback after another under center for the Cowboys, yet they still figure out how to put up big numbers and win conference games. Next up: at Oklahoma, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

5. Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4; LW: No. 5) – The second half of the season has not been kind to coach Tuberville while in Lubbock. Next up: vs. Baylor, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX).

6. TCU (6-4, 3-4; LW: No. 6) – A 6-6 season is almost inevitable, as the Frogs have yet to play Texas and Oklahoma. This is a young team that will a lot better next year. Next up: at Texas, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

7. Iowa State (6-5, 3-5; LW: No. 8) – With the win over Kansas, Iowa State is now bowl eligible for the second straight year. And it found a gem in redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Richardson, who threw for 250 yards off 23-of-27 (85.2 percent) passing. Next up: vs. West Virginia, Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

8. Baylor (5-5, 2-5; LW: No. 9) – Beating Kansas State gave life to the Bears’ postseason hopes, but they still have to beat either Texas Tech or Oklahoma State to get there. Still, it doesn’t look too far away after what they did to Collin Klein and the Wildcats. Next up: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX).

9. West Virginia (5-5, 2-5; LW: No. 7) – Moving Tavon Austin to running back was an outstanding coaching decision, as the speedster gained more than 340 yards on the ground. But there’s no remedy for a terrible defense. Next up: at Iowa State, Friday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

10. Kansas (1-10, 0-8; LW: No. 10) – There have been some grumblings about Charlie Weis’ job security after what looks to be a 1-11 first season. It wouldn’t surprise me if he either gets fired or flees for a “better opportunity.” Next up: BYE

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