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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week Six

Big Game Bob strikes again, Strong may have saved his job, and TCU escapes again. It's Big 12 Power Rankin' time!

Kansas' season in one picture.
Kansas' season in one picture.
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Well, well, well. What a weekend. The USA lost to Mexico in Pasadena (ugh), the Rangers and Astros both hold a 2-1 series lead (come on, Lone Star ALCS!),  and the Big 12 had something happen. Not sure what though...

Oh right. That state to the North had its premier university get beat by an unranked Longhorn team. The Red River Rivalry Shootout is weird. TCU survived a tough game in Manhattan and Oklahoma State remains undefeated. Let's get to ranking.

Here are last week's rankings, for comparison.

1. Baylor Bears (+0)

This game was over before it began. Bears remain number one.

2. TCU Horned Frogs (+0)

For the second week in a row, the Frogs survived on a last-minute play. Granted, winning in Manhattan is really, really difficult to do, the Frogs did not look good in this game. Down 35-17 at half and getting gashed by the Wildcat rushing attack, TCU needed some heroics from Boykin and Doctson to get back in this one. I didn't really understand why Snyder gave up the run, but Snyder has forgotten more about football than I'll ever know, so I'm not going to question him. TCU survive and remain number two.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (+2)

I still have no idea what to think about this Cowboys team (partially because I haven't really seen them play), but they are undefeated and came out of Morgantown with an overtime win. I'm not 100% confident in saying that Oklahoma are worse than the Cowboys, but Pokes are undefeated, Sooners are not. Pokes get the third slot.

4. Oklahoma Sooners (-1)

What the heck, y'all?

5. West Virginia Mountaineers (-1)

Nearly beat the Pokes, didn't. Their early-season defensive numbers have not been holding up to tougher competition. Especially with the loss of star safety Karl Joseph, the Mountaineers are losing their luster.

6. Kansas State Wildcats (+1)

I'm flipping K-State and Tech, but it's more a product of the Wildcats nearly beating TCU than Tech playing poorly (they didn't). That being said, Tech nearly beat TCU too. In this case, the Wildcats also have a near-win in Stillwater as well. I hate to use the term "good loss", but right now, that's all I have to separate the Wildcats and the Red Raiders. Well, and The Wizard. Never doubt him.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (-1)

Questionable defense, stellar offense. Yup, sounds like Tech. The Red Raiders cruised past the Cyclones and Mahomes looks to be back in form. Too bad for Tech that they already played TCU and Baylor.

8. Texas Longhorns (+0)


9. Iowa St. Cyclones (+0)

Yeah, there's nothing to say here.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (+0)

Here, have a puppy gif: