From now until the end of the football season the many of the 247Sports Big 12 beat writers will team up to make up the network's power rankings for the conference and provide picks for the weekend's upcoming games.
Case McCoy and the Longhorns keep making their move up the Big 12 power rankings.
The voters are: BearsTruth (one staff vote from their site rankings), OState247 (Seth Krug), EerSports (Chris Anderson), WreckEm247 (Landon Wright) and Horns247 (Jeff Howe).
The votes submitted are awarded points. A first-place vote is worth ten points and the scale descends with a last-place vote being worth one point.
247Sports Big 12 Power Rankings
Rank, School, Record
1. Baylor (7-0, 4-0)
State of the Bears: Baylor is the class of the Big 12 Conference, clearly, and is hasn’t been challenged yet this season. However, that will soon change. Baylor is approaching the back end of its schedule that features games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. – Seth Krug, OState247
2. Texas (5-2, 4-0)
State of the Longhorns: Kansas couldn't be coming at a better time for Texas. The Longhorns followed up an emotionally draining game – as the Red River Rivalry always is – in the win over Oklahoma with a 23-point over TCU that including a three-plus hour long weather delay.
For two straight games the Longhorns have followed the formula they need to follow with Case McCoy at quarterback. That's to force the issue with the run (Texas is running it 73.2-percent of the time over the last two games) and have McCoy try to take advantage of one-on-one battles down the field.
Defensively the Longhorns are one of the best defenses in the league in Big 12 play. The Longhorns have 16 sacks in their four league games and just held TCU to 1.9 yards per carry last weekend.
Blake Bell in the Sooners have the week off before taking on Baylor in huge Thursday game.
The goal this weekend is for the Longhorns to play to a championship standard. That's the only way Texas can think about winning the Big 12 is if the effort, energy and execution its shown over the lat two ball games isn't a fluke, but a sign of things to come. – Jeff Howe, Horns247
3. Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1)
State of the Sooners: Oklahoma is 7-1 and all things considered, that’s a pretty darn good spot for this team. They’ve now lost a pair of captains in linebacker Corey Nelson (torn pectoral) and fullback Trey Millard (torn ACL), plus anchorman up front defensively in nose tackle Jordan Phillips (back surgery). Even so, they’re right in the thick of the Big 12 race with a big contest against Baylor looming on Thursday night just six days from now.
They’ve rebounded nicely from the manhandling they took at the hands of Red River Rival Texas three weeks ago in Dallas. The Sooners defeated No. 10 Texas Tech last Saturday to vault into the top ten in the BCS standings after nearly falling out of the top-20 in the Associated Press just a couple weeks earlier following their first loss of the season.
Tough times still lie ahead, however. Along with the Bears, the Sooners still have trips to Manhattan and Stillwater to face Kansas State and Oklahoma State, respectively, along with a contest against cellar dweller Iowa State. Which Blake Bell shows up will go a long way in determining just how well the Sooners fare down the stretch.
A good one like the one who showed up against Tech? Could be 3-1 worst case. A bad one like the one against the Horns? Well, 2-2 is almost a certainty and maybe even 1-3. – Joey Helmer, OUInsider
4. Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1)
State of the Red Raiders: Texas Tech suffered its first loss of the season on the road in Norman last week, 38-30, but I don’t think it’s anything for them to get down about, and I don’t think they will. Had the Red Raiders done a better job of avoiding turnovers, it could have been a different outcome. I think this team has gotten better every week and will at least split its remaining four games (OSU, K-State, Baylor, Texas).
This year’s defense is a lot better than the vast majority of Texas Tech defenses from the past several years and that’s probably the biggest difference about this year’s team. Credit that to the senior leadership and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt’s more aggressive style. This defense has done a much better job of getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers than last year’s team. Keeping that up for these next four games could be the difference in any or all of them.
On offense Kliff Kingsbury has found a way to win with two true freshmen quarterbacks, both of whom have played better than most freshmen. This is the nation’s third best passing offense and should return at least eight starters next season. Tight end Jace Amaro looks to have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL (64 catches, 861 yards, three touchdowns this season) and could possibly declare early.
Mike Gundy and the Cowboys are trying to find some consistency at quarterback.
I expect the Red Raiders to win at home this weekend in front of a rowdy crowd at The Jones, beat Kansas State next weekend and go to JerryWorld at 9-1 and ready to face Baylor. – Landon Wright, WreckEm247
5. Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1)
State of the Cowboys: Oklahoma State is, surprisingly, struggling to find an identity of offense. Mike Gundy pulled quarterback J.W. Walsh in the first half against TCU two weeks ago for Clint Chelf, in hopes to have the offense operate more smoothly.
Last week against Iowa State the Cowboys put up 58 points, however, the defense contributed two scores and the running game carried the load with 342 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. OSU got virtually nothing through the air, even with the quarterback switch.
Looking forward, Gundy has said he plans to use both Walsh and Chelf, however, the roles of the two are currently undefined. I would assume Oklahoma State sticks with Chelf as the starter and uses Walsh in short yardage and goal line situations.
On the opposite side of the ball the Cowboys have been outstanding. Led by senior linebackers Shaun Lewis and Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State ranks near the top of the Big 12 in most defensive categories.
The defense will have to prove itself against the top half of the league in the coming weeks, but if it continues to play well, the Cowboys could very well keep themselves afloat in the crowed Big 12 title chase. – Seth Krug, OState247
6. Kansas State (3-4, 1-3)
State of the Wildcats: The Wildcats finally got in the Big 12 conference win column last week against West Virginia. It looks like Bill Synder is going to continue to roll with both Jake Watters and Daniel Sams at quarterback. If the offense can be successful with two quarterbacks, K-State just may play itself into a bowl game. – Seth Krug, OState247
7. TCU (3-5, 1-4)
State of the Horned Frogs: I kind of feel bad for the Horned Frogs. Almost. Injuries to crucial players have doomed this team since entering the Big 12 Conference. I would have liked to have seen the Horned Frogs at full strength, with a healthy Casey Pachall and Devonte Fields. But unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. They can still make a bowl game with three winnable games left on the schedule against West Virginia, Kansas State, and Iowa State. – Seth Krug, OState247
8. West Virginia (3-5, 1-4)
State of the Mountaineers: West Virginia has lost back-to-back games where they had a second half lead and seemed in control of the game.
Gary Patterson's TCU team is one of several in the Big 12 teams fighting for bowl eligibility.
Against Kansas State, the wheels came completely off and the Wildcats scored 28 straight points to turn things into a rout. The coaching staff will have their hands full, trying to make sure the team stays focused heading down to TCU – second straight long distance road game, always a bad thing.
If they come out flat, that will likely put an end to any postseason discussion and will have fans calling for changes on the coaching staff. – Chris Anderson, EerSports.com
9. Iowa State (1-6, 0-4)
State of the Cyclones: Aaron Wimberly didn’t play last week against Oklahoma State due to a hamstring injury. Hopefully, for Iowa State, the issue is nothing serious. The offense needs Wimberly. Especially if Iowa State hopes to win any more games this season. – Seth Krug, OState247
10. Kansas (2-5, 0-4)
State of the Jayhawks: Luckily for fans at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins and the basketball team have officially started the season. There's not much to cheer for on the gridiron. – Seth Krug, OState247
Looking at This Weekend
The beat writers make their picks for this weekend's games. Baylor and Oklahoma are off this weekend with a blockbuster matchup going down between the two next week in Waco.
Seth Krug, Ostate247
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Oklahoma State wins 31-28
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 24-17
West Virginia at TCU: TCU wins 20-17
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 48-14
Landon Wright, WreckEm247
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Texas Tech wins 42-24
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 31-21
West Virginia at TCU: West Virginia wins 21-17
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 42-13
Joey Helmer, OUInsider
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Texas Tech wins 40-28
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 27-10
West Virginia at TCU: TCU wins 24-17
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 38-13
Brian Ethridge, BearsTruth
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Oklahoma State wins 38-35
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 33-20
West Virginia at TCU: West Virginia wins 28-24
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 42-10
Chris Anderson, EerSports.com
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Texas Tech wins 48-38
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 31-21
West Virginia at TCU: TCU wins 27-13
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 42-17
Jeff Howe, Horns247
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Oklahoma State wins 34-30
Iowa State at Kansas State: Kansas State wins 28-20
West Virginia at TCU: TCU wins 20-17
Kansas at Texas: Texas wins 41-13