Tommy Tuberville's Red Raiders jump up to No. 3 with wins over Iowa State and West Virginia.
Week 7 was a hectic one in the Big 12 with Texas Tech and Baylor both scoring 49 to pull off upsets, Iowa State giving a scare to the conference's top team, and of course the Blowout in Big D.
After a few weeks of calm, Hookem.com's Big 12 Power Rankings get a big shake-up after the first Saturday in which all ten Big 12 teams played conference games.
Hookem.com's Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 7
(1) 1. Kansas State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)
The only two teams that held at last week's spots were the two teams from the Sunflower State. Kansas State struggled with Iowa State, but the Wildcats continued their trend of pulling out close games thanks to Collin Klein's three rushing touchdowns. Kansas State held Jarrett Barnett to just 44 percent passing and kept the Cyclone ground game to just 65 yards on 24 attempts. K-State committed nine penalties - their total for the season entering Saturday - but the Wildcats were good enough to escape Ames with a win and a firm stance atop the Big 12 standings.
This week's game: 27-21 win over Iowa State
Next game: at West Virginia
(3) 2. Oklahoma (4-1, 2-1)
Oklahoma moves up to the No. 2 spot after its utter beatdown of the Longhorns on Saturday. This group of Sooners may not be as talented on paper than some of the other teams Bob Stoops has fielded since 2000, but they proved they have the ability to put together a complete game with their demolition of Texas. Damien Williams is third in the conference in rushing with over 100 yards per game, and the Oklahoma secondary proved it's back and quite possibly the best group in the Big 12 with Mike Stoops back in Norman.
This week's game: 63-21 win over Texas
Next game: vs. Kansas
(7) 3. Texas Tech (5-1, 2-1)
This is where things start to get crazy. If you take a step back and look at the results teams have put up so far, Tech deserves to be No. 3. The Red Raiders just shellacked a West Virginia team many thought could vie for a BCS title this year behind Seth Doege's 499 yards and six touchdowns through the air. Texas Tech now has wins over WVU and a tough Iowa State team and a loss to an angry Oklahoma squad that was coming off a loss and a bye week. It'll be a huge surprise if they're able to say up here as we go through the heart of the season, but their resume says they deserve the No. 3 spot in Week 7.
This week's game: 49-14 win over West Virginia
Nest game: at TCU
(2) 4. West Virginia (5-1, 2-1)
Everybody knew the Mountaineers were going to stumble at some point this year with that awful defense. Maybe things were a little more exaggerated because of two straight weeks of traveling to Texas, but no matter which way you slice it, West Virginia was bad in Lubbock on Saturday. The defense struggled like it has before, and though he didn't throw an interception - 29-of-55, 275 yards and a touchdown - Geno Smith couldn't move the chains against the Red Raiders. The Mountaineers were just 9-for-21 on third downs, and a week after going a perfect 5-for-5 on fourth downs against Texas, West Virginia went just 2-for-7 against Tech.
This week's game:14-49 loss to Texas Tech
Nest game: vs. Kansas State
(8) 5. Iowa State (4-2, 1-2)
Despite losing, Iowa State moves up three spots this week after playing the Big 12's top team competitively from start to finish. Jared Barnett, in his second start of the season, threw for 166 yards and ran for 35 more, but eight penalties and a 4-for-12 third-down conversion rate killed the Cyclones against Kansas State. Defense is going to be the name of the game for ISU all year, and the group is good enough to keep them in a lot of games this season.
This week's game: 21-27 loss to Kansas State
Nest game: at Oklahoma State
(9) 6. TCU (5-1, 2-1)
Even without starting quarterback Casey Pachall, the Horned Frogs were able to put up points against Baylor this week. The same TCU offense that, with Pachall, scored 27 against Virginia and 24 against SMU, put up 49 against the woeful Bear defense behind a committee of runners who totaled 248 yards on the day. B.J. Catalon, Aundre Dean and quarterback Trevone Boykin - who also threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns - combined to run 48 times for 195 yards. TCU ran it a total of 57 times on the day and won the time of possession battle over Baylor by 24 minutes.
This week's game: 49-21 win over Baylor
Nest game: vs. Texas Tech
(4) 7. Texas (4-2, 1-2)
Texas was exposed against Oklahoma on Saturday. The Longhorns want to be a tough, physical team, but they looked far from it as the Sooners owned the line of scrimmage all day in the Cotton Bowl. The defense can't tackle, and the offense is now struggling to run. Questions are being raised all over the place, including whether or not Mack Brown's time at Texas should be coming to an end. While the offense will get a break against Baylor's pitiful defense next week, the defense won't.
This week's game: 21-63 loss to Oklahoma
Nest game: vs. Baylor
(5) 8. Oklahoma State (3-2, 1-1)
Oklahoma State won on Saturday, but it wasn't very impressive in the process. The Cowboys had two weeks to get ready for Kansas, and still struggled to score against a Kansas team that allowed 56 a week ago to Kansas State. J.W. Walsh completed 62 percent of his passes and threw for 255 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Joseph Randle only gained 80 yards on 29 carries against what had been a very weak Jayhawk run defense. It may seem unfair to drop the Cowboys down to eighth after their win, but considering their best win before Saturday was over Louisiana-Lafayette, it feels appropriate.
This week's game: 20-14 win over Kansas
Nest game: vs. Iowa State
(6) 9. Baylor (3-2, 0-2)
Baylor drops back down to where it started the year after its loss to TCU over the weekend. Every week it's going to be up to the offense to make up for the defensive inefficiencies, and it didn't have near enough against the Horned Frogs. Nick Florence threw four interceptions on 12-of-19 passing and Jarred Salubi ran for 61 yards on 12 carries. Baylor only ran 55 plays compared to the Horned Frogs' 87. Baylor will beat some teams with their high-scoring offense, but it will also lose a bunch because of its anemic defense.
This week's game: 21-49 loss to TCU
Nest game: at Texas
(10) 10. Kansas (1-5, 0-3)
Like the sun coming up in the east, you can count on Kansas being at the bottom of the Big 12 during football season. The Jayhawks were oh-so-close to getting their first conference win of 2012, but their fourth-quarter rally fell short against Oklahoma State. Michael Cummings took over at quarterback late in the third quarter for the ineffective Dayne Crist. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 75 yards and a score, but it was too little too late. Crist going just 10-of-22 for 136 yards through almost three full quarters and Kansas going 6-for-18 on third downs and 0-for-5 on fourth downs killed any hope of winning a conference game for the first time since November 2010.
This week's game:14-20 loss to Oklahoma State
Nest game: at Oklahoma
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