Big 12 Power Rankings

  • Most teams have played 3 or 4 games at this point so I think we can have a pretty fair estimation at who’s a contender and who’s a pretender in the Big 12 at this point. I’ll also try to update these weekly. These are my personal opinions, feel free to agree or disagree with it.

    1. Oklahoma 4-0 (1-0) - OU may have the most impressive win in the country so far this year with their beat down of Ohio St. in Columbus. They had a scare from Baylor this week, but they held on and I don’t see any reason at this point why OU shouldn’t be the overwhelming favorite to win the Big 12 this season and make the CFP. I think OU is probably the 2nd best team in the country at this point behind Alabama.

    2. TCU 4-0 (1-0) - TCU took down Oklahoma St. in pretty convincing fashion yesterday and so they have to be #2 in the Big 12 at this point and probably the biggest threat to Oklahoma reaching the CFP. Worst case scenario would be for OU and TCU to split which could again keep a Big 12 team out of the CFP

    3. Oklahoma St. 3-1 (0-1) - OSU despite the loss to TCU yesterday is still a very good team and still a factor to reach Dallas. OU, TCU, and OSU are the class of the Big 12 this year the Big 12 title game will come from 2 of these 3 teams.

    4. Texas Tech 3-0 (0-0) - Even though Tech hasn’t played its Big 12 opener yet, they are now 3-0 with wins over Arizona St. and Houston. Despite being close wins, they’re still wins and still went 3-0 int he nonconference none of the rest of the teams below can claim.

    5. West Virginia 3-1 (1-0) - A closer than the score indicated game with KU and a close loss to Virginia Tech keep WVU from being above Tech at this point.

    6. Texas 1-2 (0-0) - UT looked very dominant against San Jose St. and played USC very well and had a chance to win that game. I could see Texas finishing as high as 4th in the Big 12 this year, but I can also see them missing a bowl game for the 3rd straight year as well if they go 4-5 in Big 12 which is a possibility.

    7. Kansas St. 2-1 - Their loss to Vanderbilt looks a little bit worse now after their blowout loss to Alabama yesterday. KSU’s offense is going to struggle and KSU will probably be finishing somewhere around 6-6 this year because of their near the bottom of the Big 12 caliber offense.

    8. Iowa St. 2-1 - ISU might be 2-1, but those two wins are over No. Iowa and Akron, not exactly quality wins. They’re the team I know the least about this year, but we should have a better picture of where ISU is after they open Big 12 play against Texas next week.

    9. Kansas 1-3 (0-1) - KU avoids the cellar by virtue of having won a game this year even if was against an FCS team which is more than 10 can say. The offense is actually good enough this year to take advantage of opponents having an off day so I can see KU picking up a couple of upset wins this year. Is this the year we finally knock off TCU?

    10. Baylor 0-4 (0-1) - I’ll be honest and say I did not expect the bottom to fall out for Baylor on the field this year. Anybody paying attention knew it was coming at some point, but probably next year or 2019 was more likely. I wouldn’t expect Baylor to recover any time soon so they are likely going to be hanging out in the basement of the Big 12 with KU and Iowa St. for the foreseeable future.

  • If the dadgum defense will just get some pressure on the QB, I call us even money against KState, IState and Baylor. Our success or lack on success is on Bowen’s shoulders the rest of the year.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 Well I’ll disagree with Baylor being below KU, simply because if I had to bet on the game I’d take Baylor. With the points… They showed against OU that they still have at least a little bit of talent and life left on that roster.

    But everything else seems logical and pretty spot on.

  • @Kcmatt7 When and if Baylor wins a game this year, I’ll probably move them ahead of Kansas if they have the same win total. The KU-Baylor game is in Lawrence this year so right now, I would probably lean towards KU because KU’s offense has been consistently better this year.

  • I can’t figure out how bad (or good) Baylor is. They are a mess right now. By November, the whole world around that program could be imploding. Coaches could be looking to jump ship. Players could be considering transfer opportunities for the spring. There’s a real possibility that the Baylor team that arrives in Lawrence November 4 is packing it in, coming in to face a KU team hunting for some tangible progress - that Baylor game is probably KU’s last serious chance at a win since they close at Texas, home for Oklahoma, then at Oklahoma State.

    Baylor is basically this KU team’s bowl game.

  • @Texas-Hawk-10 i agree with your ratings. @Kcmatt7 @justanotherfan We are pretty much in the same boat as a year ago, the teams we face from here on out are better than we are. That doesn’t mean we can’t pull a Texas from a year and have a team just over look us. I think having an off week this week before Tech is good and maybe gives us an outside shot to win, they have won some tight games against mediocre teams. The only other chances I see at a win are Baylor and ISU but I won’t bet on anymore wins this year.

  • @kjayhawks

    Not saying we will win against Baylor (or anyone else from here on). Just that its our best chance outside of Iowa State and maybe Tech if we can move the ball and our secondary steps up. Probably the max we can do is get 3 wins this year, but I would take one more just to give Beaty something to build on in the spring.

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