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Big 12 Power Rankings 9/28

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These are a bit hot takeish

NCAA Football: Stephen F. Austin at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 is bad. The Sun Belt is 3-0 against the conference. The league’s best team, per the polls, is either the one that lost to Kansas State—losers to the Sun Belt—or Texas—a team that needed a 15-0 run in the last 3:30 against mediocre Texas Tech to force overtime and win.

As always, these are predictive. If the rankings were based on resume, they’d be quite different.

Travis and I will Facebook Live on our page at 6:30 on Thursday. Even if you don’t have Facebook—respect if that’s the case—you can watch us on that page at 6:30.

1) Oklahoma- Yes, they lost to Kansas State. But Spencer Rattler made a few mistakes and is in his first season as the starter. I trust Lincoln Riley to figure out the offense.

The defense remains a major issue. Skylar Thompson missed a lot of throws. The Wildcats could have won by more.

2) Baylor- The Bears lost a lot on defense, but as Travis noted:

If Charlie Brewer throws like he did in October last season, then the Bears can win the league. But I also might be taking too much away from beating Kansas.

3) Oklahoma State- The Cowboys have done well on defense. I don’t care who is playing QB, they haven’t pulled away in either of their first two games, including against an awful Tulsa squad.

4) Texas- The Longhorns are No. 1 on some folks list. Not mine. They were lucky as can be to beat Texas Tech—a two point winner against Houston Baptist the week before.

Texas also has a really high risk of the bottom falling out if they take a couple losses. Tom Herman’s seat could not be hotter.

5) Kansas State- Chris Klieman is one heck of a coach. The roster isn’t quite there yet, but they’re the best team at responding to setbacks.

6) West Virginia- The Mountaineers played Oklahoma State close, and Neal Brown is a fantastic coach. They’ll be a real challenge for Baylor this week.

7) Iowa State- Brock Purdy threw the worst interception I’ve ever seen on Saturday. The Cyclones were able to survive. They’re another Big 12 team with strong moments; I expect they’ll have plenty of low ones too.

8) TCU- The Horned Frogs could also move up, especially with the QB situation fluid. Tom Herman gave a ludicrous quote about Gary Patterson, so if he needed any more incentive to beat Texas, he has it.

9) Texas Tech- Their offense is great. The defense is bad; some things stay the same even in the weirdest year of our lives.

10) Kansas- The league is bad, so maybe they can win a game.