2012 College Football Rankings: Week 8 Big 12 Power Rankings

Big 12 Power Rankings: Major Shakeups in Standings

10/16/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Kansas State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12; LW: No. 2) -- Collin Klein and the Wildcats are now the only remaining undefeated team in the conference, meaning they now decide their BCS fate. This starts with the Mountaineers. Next up: at West Virginia, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).

2. Oklahoma (4-1, 2-1; LW: No. 4) -- Wouldn't it be nice if the Sooners played to their capabilities every week? It seems as if they never live up to their talent and have at least one hiccup per year. I'll give them credit where it's due for playing very good football right now, but this is what they were supposed to do. Next up: vs. Kansas, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Big 12 Network).

3. Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 7) -- I don't know how long this will last, but the Red Raiders deserve a top-3 ranking after their extremely impressive win over West Virginia. Not only did Seth Doege throw for 499 yards and six touchdowns, but his defense held Geno Smith and Co. to just 14 points. Next up: at TCU, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

4. West Virginia (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 1) -- Even after their disturbing loss to Texas Tech, the Mountaineers open up as a 4.5-point favorite at home against undefeated Kansas State. That would be one heckuvah bounce back win. Next up: vs. Kansas State, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).

5. TCU (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 9) -- Make up your mind, TCU! In the team's first appearance without star QB Casey Pachall, it got beat by 14 at home to Iowa State. The Horned Frogs made some adjustments, however, and destroyed Baylor 49-21 last Saturday and freshman dual-threat Trevone Boykin combined for five touchdowns. Next up: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

6. Texas (4-2, 1-2; LW: No. 3) -- Coach Mack Brown's seat is beginning to melt as the Longhorns are 17-14 since their national title run in 2009, including an embarrassing 63-21 loss in the Red River Rivalry last weekend. Next up: vs. Baylor, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

7. Iowa State (4-2, 1-2; LW: No. 8) -- The Cyclones lost to Kansas State by six points. They beat TCU the week prior, 37-23. They beat both Tulsa (6-1) and Iowa earlier in the year. I'm not saying they're a premiere team in the Big 12 yet, but they're better than you think. Next up: at Oklahoma State, 12 p.m. ET (FX).

8. Oklahoma State (3-2, 1-1; LW: No. 6) -- Not only does Oklahoma State fall two spots due to the high-caliber performances of its fellow second tier counterparts, but the Cowboys' 20-14 win over Kansas was pretty hapless. Next up: vs. Iowa State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (FX).

9. Baylor (3-2, 0-2; LW: No. 5) -- And here come the Baylor Bears we were all expecting after the departure of RG3. Next up: at Texas, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

10. Kansas (1-5, 0-3; LW: No. 10) -- Backup quarterback Michael Cummings replaced Notre Dame transfer Dayne Crist at halftime and nearly led the Jayhawks back from a 20-0 deficit. This may spring some changes for Charlie Weis' offense heading into [gulp] Oklahoma week. Next up: at Oklahoma, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Big 12 Network).

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