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Big 12 Football Power Rankings – Week 6

Chaos hasn’t affected the top of the Big 12 table yet but it still reigns supreme in the conference’s middle class. For the second week in a row every team in the power rankings from spots 3-9 moved, with a couple teams moving multiple spots up or down.

Every team in the league played in Week 6, and while some programs continue to be agonizingly inconsistent, one has started to emerge as a potential dark horse Big 12 championship game candidate.

1.     Oklahoma (LW: 1) Another week, another blowout win for the Oklahoma Sooners. They weren’t able to cover the gargantuan spread they were favored by against KU, but they were in command for the vast majority of the game regardless. Kansas did score three touchdowns against the improved OU defense, although two touchdowns came in garbage time. The first real test of the season for Oklahoma is coming up this weekend at the Red River Shootout.

 

2.     Texas (LW: 2) For the top two teams in the league, this week was all about cruising to a win and staying healthy ahead of the Big 12’s biggest rivalry game (all due respect to the Revivalry and Sunflower Showdown). Texas got a fight from West Virginia but still won by double digits on the road. The Longhorns were outgained by the Mountaineers on Saturday, however they also won the turnover battle with a +3 margin. It should be a great one at the Texas State Fair this weekend.

 

3.     Baylor (LW: 5) There are two undefeated teams in the Big 12 and the Baylor Bears are one of them. It was hard to imagine that before the season, but coach Matt Rhule has done a tremendous job with his team this year. They were dominant for 60 minutes against Kansas State in Week 6. Charlie Brewer was efficient, with a cool 10 yards per attempt, while the running game gashed the Wildcats for 5.1 yards per carry. If the offensive and defensive lines from Baylor play as well as they did against K-State the rest of the season this might be the third-place team in the final standings.

 

4.     Oklahoma State (LW: 3) Oklahoma State may not have been ready for the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday. Spencer Sanders looked like a freshman, which wasn’t good enough to support another huge day from Chuba Hubbard. The defense was a big issue though, as it was torn apart by a still largely unproven quarterback right from the jump. The Cowboys are good and are going to finish in the top half of the Big 12, but it also feels like a typical Mike Gundy OSU team, one that looks great one, disappoints the next and never quite ascends to an elite tier. Their matchup in two weeks with Baylor will be a major statement game regardless of who wins.

 

5.     Iowa State (LW: 7) Iowa State and TCU could easily have similar biographies written about them this year given their inconsistencies. ISU owns the head-to-head win, though, so they’re the higher-ranked team for now. Brock Purdy hasn’t been perfect this season, but his good has been awesome. He had his second game with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns this weekend, making him one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the Big 12, which is high praise given how many good ones there are in the conference. Deshaunte Jones had one of the best receiving performances in the league this week with 11 grabs for 110 yards.
6.     Kansas State (LW: 4) After their offensive performance the last two weeks, this doesn’t feel like a steep enough drop for the Wildcats. Chris Klieman’s group looked excellent through the first three weeks of the season but has fallen apart offensively since, averaging just 12.5 points per game in two Big 12 contests. The biggest worry is the offensive line, which was a perceived strength entering the year but has been bullied two weeks in a row, especially in their most recent loss to Baylor. K-State needs their bye week in the worst way, hoping to regroup before they get worse.

 

7.     TCU (LW: 6) It’s nearly impossible to figure out the Horned Frogs. One week the offense is clicking and it looks like they have the best defense in the Big 12, but the next they’re getting housed by an equally confusing Iowa State team. One thing that continues to stand out is how little Jalen Reagor is touching the ball. He had just four catches this week, and while two were for touchdowns you still want your best player to have the ball in his hands more. Like its opponent on Oct. 19, Kansas State, TCU needs its upcoming bye week to reorganize, re-energize and figure out what’s going wrong that’s preventing consistency.

 

8.     Texas Tech (LW: 9) Texas Tech cam out and punched Oklahoma State in the mouth on Saturday in one of the more surprising outcomes of Week 6. Jett Duffey looked excellent and put up great numbers while the defense gave OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders fits. Jordyn Brooks needs a shout out for his performance this weekend as well, as he posted 19 total tackles in the winning effort.

 

9.     West Virginia (LW: 8) It’s hard to imagine there was ever actually a competition between Austin Kendall and Kyler Murray when the former was at Oklahoma. He put up big counting stats on Saturday with his 367 passing yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions and left some of his biggest weaknesses (like a poor deep ball) on full display. To the Mountaineers’ credit, it was impressive to be within one score of Texas after three quarters in their matchup, but they just don’t have the horses to keep up late in a game against that much talent.

 

10.  Kansas (LW :10) Nothing reflects on the sad state of Kansas football over the past decade like feeling encouraged by holding Oklahoma’s quarterback to his worst performance of the year even though you lost by 25 at home. The Jayhawks did earn a win of sorts over the weekend though, since they’re getting a new offensive coordinator. Again, this is quite a reflection of the sad state of the team right now. Who’s excited for Miles To Go this week?

For past editions of the power rankings, click here.

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