There weren’t any changes in the standings to speak of from last weekend’s Big 12 games. The conference leaders kept on winning, and the lower half of the conference served as the prey. But things should start to change beginning this weekend, and that will continue the following weeks with some head-to-head showdowns between the teams in the upper half of the conference race.
Texas Tech, ranked 10th in the first BCS standings of the season, may be the biggest surprise in the league so far, rolling off seven consecutive victories, four of them over Big 12 teams, to start the 2013 season. We should find out how good this Red Raider team really is when they roll into Norman, Okla., with their “guns up” to take on the eight-time Big 12 champion Sooners.
I’m sure it isn’t necessary to remind head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his team that Oklahoma has won 85 games at home under coach Bob Stoops and lost just five times in 15 seasons.
Texas has already lost two games this season, but still has its sights set on a Big 12 championship after three consecutive victories in the conference. The Longhorns’ wins over Kansas State and archrival Oklahoma were impressive, but they looked just the opposite in narrowly getting by Iowa State, a team that lost by 64 points last Saturday to the Baylor runaway freight train. This weekend coach Mack Brown takes his Texas team t0 Ft. Worth, where it will meet up with TCU and perhaps the best defense the Longhorns will encounter all season.
Both undefeated Texas Tech and Texas will face extremely tough road assignments if they expect to remain unbeaten in conference play for at least another week.
On Nov. 2, Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State, and the f0llowing Thursday, Oklahoma travels to Baylor for what should be the Bears’ toughest challenge of thge season. The two weekends immediately following its Week 11 showdown with the Sooners, Baylor meets up with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. By that time, we should have a very good idea of who the real league contenders are, if not the conference champion.
Big 12 Football Power Rankings – Week 9
- Baylor Bears – Don’t expect any change here next week with Kansas as the Bears’ next feast.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders – Red Raiders continue to surprise at 7-0 and 4-0 in conference. Can they continue the fun ride at Oklahoma this week?
- Oklahoma State Cowboys – Redeemed themselves somewhat with big home wins over K-State, TCU, but isn’t looking as strong as first projected.
- Texas Longhorns – Until a Big 12 team beats the Horns, they’re firmly entrenched here. TCU on the road looms next for this enigmatic bunch.
- Oklahoma Sooners – Not very impressive in loss to Texas and sloppy win at Kansas. Win this week over Texas Tech, however, could change all that.
- TCU Horned Frogs – Solid defense will win some Big 12 games for the Frogs, and they get Baylor at home in final regular-season game.
- Kansas State Wildcats – This is a three-loss team in conference, but two of their three strongest opponents are now behind them.
- West Virginia Mountaineers – Mountaineers might win only one more game this season, and watch out for Kansas (at Kansas) on Nov. 16.
- Iowa State Cyclones – Baylor gave the Cyclones their worst Big 12 loss ever last weekend by a crushing 64-point margin.
- Kansas Jayhawks – Don’t expect any miracles this week (against Baylor) or next (at Texas), but someone will fall to the Jayhawks this season.