The Texas Longhorns, not that long ago ranked in the top 10 nationally and the front runners in the Big 12 standings, have fallen to fourth in both the standings and the Week 11 Big 12 baseball power rankings. And what’s worse, they may not have seen the last of it.
After being swept two weekends ago by TCU and then dropping two out of three to league-leading Oklahoma State this past weekend - all six games at home – you would think Texas would be wishful for a little easier time of it going forward. That may be wishful thinking, because the embattled bunch from Austin now must go on the road and take on one of the league’s hottest teams right now in West Virginia.
While Texas was comfortably perched on the top rung among the conference contenders just a couple of weeks ago, the Mountaineers were mired in a seven game losing streak after winning their first two conference games. Since then, though, West Virginia has won five consecutive games in the conference, evening its record in the Big 12 at 7-7, and six overall. Plus the Longhorns will go up against one of the Big 12′s best pitchers this weekend when they face hard-throwing right-hander Harrison Musgrave. last season’s Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
TCU stayed put in the runner-up position in the weekly power standings with a three-game sweep of a nonconference series with Cal State-Fullerton, giving the Horned Frogs 15 wins in the month of April with only one loss.
Other than Texas Tech, another red-hot team the past couple of weeks, moving up to replace Texas in the three spot in the power rankings this week, the rest of the rankings remain relatively the same as last week.
Big 12 Baseball Week 11 Power Rankings
(Movement up or down from last week’s rankings)
- Oklahoma State Cowboys (N/C) – With series wins already over TCU, Texas Tech and Texas, the Cowboys are going to be very difficult to dislodge from the top spot.
- TCU Horned Frogs (N/C) – Winners of 15 of 16 in the month of April, TCU hopes May will bring the same success.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders (+1) – The Red Raiders have Kansas on the road this weekend, then finish up at home against surging West Virginia to close out the regular season.
- Texas Longhorns (-1) – The Longhorns are leaking fuel, having dropped five of their last six league games. It’s possible, though not probable, that West Virginia could be the fourth team to pass them in the rankings in the last three weeks after next weekend’s games.
- West Virginia Mountaineers (+1) – The Mountaineers, winners of five of their last six games against Big 12 teams, host Texas, losers of five of its last six league games, next weekend.
- Kansas Jayhawks ((-1) – The Jayhawks, the only team to have an overall losing record at home this season, is home the next two weekends to host Texas Tech and West Virginia, respectively.
- Oklahoma Sooners (N/C) – The winner of the series this weekend with visiting Baylor will be in the driver’s seat to secure one of the final two spots in the postseason conference championship.
- Kansas State Wildcats (N/C) – With key games still remaining with TCU, Oklahoma State and Texas, last season’s regular-season champions are in real danger of being left out of the postseason Big 12 Baseball Championship.
- Baylor Bears (N/C) – Can there be a better example of parity in the conference than having the last two conference champions bringing up the rear in the league standings and in the power rankings?