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Big 12 Football Power Rankings – Week 7

The biggest takeaway from Week 7 in the Big 12 is that we were all right from the get-go this season: Oklahoma is in a class by itself.

There were only three games across the conference this week, with four teams on a bye, so the status quo is in effect.

1.     Oklahoma (LW: 1) What can you do to stop Oklahoma? For several weeks the questions about the Sooners’ potential and actual quality revolved around the fact their schedule didn’t feature any strong teams. They put up good numbers and the defense looked better, but they didn’t face a particularly good test. Then they beat Texas, the offense still looked good against the most defensive talent they’ve faced all year and OU’s own defense made big plays when it mattered. Jalen Hurts even made a few extremely uncharacteristically bad plays and they overcame them. Oklahoma is among the elite teams in the entire country right now and it survived a tough test in its biggest game of the year.

 

2.     Texas (LW: 2) The Longhorns are a good team that played a good game against one of the three best teams in the country and came up just short. It’s hard to lose a rivalry game but there’s no shame in that result. It’s impressive that Texas was able to hang in until the very end despite getting outgained by 201 yards total and averaging under 4.2 yards per play. Texas will likely win the rest of its games before facing Oklahoma again in the Big 12 Championship Game, and UT deserves to be a heavy favorite in all their remaining games, because they proved they can hang with anyone this week. It just wasn’t enough to beat a favorite to reach the College Football Playoff.

 

3.     Baylor (LW: 3) The cardiac Bears have won two of their three Big 12 games in close fashion, barely holding off the Texas Tech Red Raiders this week in a wild game that ended 33-30 in double overtime after going into halftime with a 6-3 score in favor of Tech. The Bears won despite Charlie Brewer throwing three interceptions without a touchdown, which speaks volumes about not just their running game but also their defense, which looked good once again one week after a dominant win over Kansas State. That unit forced three turnovers and five sacks this week and has proven over the past few that they’re one of the best in the Big 12 and one of the rising units across the country. If you feel Baylor deserves to be No. 3 in the rankings you have a good argument.

 

4.     Oklahoma State (LW: 4) Oklahoma State is just 1-2 in Big 12 play so far, with a tough loss to Texas, a win over K-State and a bad loss to Texas Tech on the road. Chuba Hubbard is arguably the best running back in the nation this year, but he needs more help from his offensive teammates if the Pokes want to finish in the top half of the league.

 

5.     Iowa State (LW: 5) It was the Iowa State defense that dominated in a 38-14 win over West Virginia this weekend, recording three takeaways and limiting the run game (which, admittedly, isn’t very good) to just 1.5 yards per carry. Breece Hall was the star of the day, rushing for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while Brock Purdy and the air attack did more than enough to help preserve the victory. That’s now two weeks in a row with a complete game for the Cyclones, which is a positive sign going forward.

 

6.     Kansas State (LW: 6) K-State desperately needed its second bye this week to sort out the offensive issues that have plagued it through its first two Big 12 games. The physicality the Wildcats pride themselves on hasn’t shown up in recent weeks, which puts a lot of important on their upcoming matchup with TCU.

 

7.     TCU (LW: 7) TCU had the week off as well, so the questions about what this program actually is right now still persist. Horned Frogs versus Wildcats this Saturday could cause a big shift in future rankings.

 

8.     Texas Tech (LW: 8) The Red Raiders played Baylor tight but weren’t able to hold on for an upset win. You knew their 6-3 lead at the break wasn’t going to be nearly enough to hang on, but they gave a quality team a good run. Jett Duffey completed a lot of passes and threw for a lot of yards, but it hurt to throw a pair of picks. He’s still going to make defensive coordinators furious this season, and his boys still nearly did enough this week. Probably would have moved up with a win, but alas, Texas Tech remains at No. 8.

 

9.     West Virginia (LW: 9) West Virginia is a strange team. Neal Brown’s group didn’t have much of an answer for Iowa State’s offensive this week while its own offense was downright impotent. Jack Allison was OK in his first start of the year, averaging 5.8 yards per attempt with one touchdown and one interception, but as a team the Mountaineers had just 181 total yards. You’re never going to win a Big 12 game with a weak output like that. Unfortunately for WVU, after back to back home games it’s time for a Week 8 trip against Oklahoma.

 

10.  Kansas (LW: 10) Kansas had arguably the most intriguing week off of any of the four Big 12 teams on a bye in Week 7 because the Jayhawks will have a (somewhat) new offense when they return to the field. New offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon got an extra week to implement more of what he wants KU football to look like, which, for the sake of fans and viewers, will hopefully make the Jayhawks look more competitive against a tough slate of games coming up.

For past editions of the power rankings, click here.


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