The king is dead, long live the king! Well maybe it is not that severe, but Oklahoma is no longer the top dog in the Big 12 after the Sooners lost to Texas in the Red River Showdown in Dallas.
With the loss, No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0) moves into the top spot and No. 9 Texas leapfrogs No. 11 Oklahoma for the top three spots in this week’s power rankings.
This week’s game of the week has to be Thursday night’s tilt where Texas Tech travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU. It is another matchup of Texas Tech’s high-flying offense and TCU’s staunch defense. Look for Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury to add a few wrinkles as he keeps mum on who will start at quarterback. Gary Patterson should be up for the task with his No. 8 defense and 10 days to prepare.
- No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0) – The Mountaineers have taken over the top spot in the league after Oklahoma lost to Texas over the weekend. Except for its 42-34 win in Lubbock against Texas Tech, West Virginia has won each of their other four games by two touchdowns or more. The Mountaineers have a tough road test this week as they travel to Ames to take on Iowa State.
NEXT UP: Iowa State (2-3, 1-2)
- No. 9 Texas (5-1, 3-0) – Maybe the most overused phrase these days is “the Longhorns are back.” But Texas has turned some heads with ranked wins over then-No. 22 USC, No. 17 TCU and No. 6 Oklahoma. The lone blemish on the Longhorns’ record is a 34-29 home loss to an average at best Maryland team. Texas will try and continue its surge this week as they host Baylor.
Next Up: Baylor (4-2, 2-1)
- No. 11 Oklahoma (5-1, 2-1) – Oklahoma was tabbed as the top team in the Big 12 preseason rankings. The Sooners have won the last three Big 12 titles and a league record 11 overall. But last Saturday, Texas outlasted Oklahoma, 48-45, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Sooners.
NEXT UP: Bye
- TCU (3-2, 1-1) – The Horned Frogs survived Iowa State last week, 17-14. TCU boasts the No. 8 defense in terms of total yards and the No. 32 scoring defense, but conversely, the Horned Frog offense is 74th in total yards and 56th in scoring offense. TCU has averaged just 20 points per game over their last three games and face a Texas Tech offense that is averaging 48.4 points per game.
Next Up: Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1)
- Texas Tech (3-2, 1-1) – After a bye this past weekend, Texas Tech looks to get back on track after the Red Raiders’ comeback came up short against No. 12 West Virginia, 42-34. Texas Tech lost starting quarterback Alan Bowman with a partially collapsed lung in the first half against West Virginia. But with 10 days off between West Virginia and the TCU Thursday matchup, he has been cleared to play.
NEXT UP: at TCU (3-2, 1-1)
- Baylor (3-1, 1-0) – The Bears are having unexpected success this season, but Baylor’s two league wins are over the hapless programs from the Sunflower State. The Bears are averaging 32 points per game in their three Big 12 contests, while Saturday’s opponent No. 9 Texas is averaging 33 points per game in Big 12 action. It could make for an interesting matchup in Austin this weekend.
Next Up: at Texas (4-2, 2-1)
- Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2) – After home losses to Texas Tech and Iowa State, sandwiched between a road win over struggling Kansas, the Cowboys have gone from No. 15 to unranked. But OSU should rebound this week in Manhattan, as the Cowboys take on a K-State squad that has averaged just 18 points per game in Big 12 play.
Next Up: at Kansas State (2-4, 0-3)
- Iowa State (2-3, 1-2) – Iowa State looks to keep it momentum going as they host No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday in Ames. The Cyclones stunned No. 25 Oklahoma State in Stillwater last week. Third-string Quarterback Brock Purdy seems to be the answer for Iowa State’s offensive woes.
Next Up: No. 6 West Virginia (5-0, 3-0)
- Kansas (2-4, 0-3) – The Sunflower State is struggling. The Jayhawks have lost three straight to Baylor, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. It is a perfect time for an off week and try and figure things out.
Next Up: Bye
- Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) – The Wildcats have been both competitive at times but are still looking for its first league win of the season. The Wildcats suffered close losses to Texas (19-14) and Baylor (37-34). They might get off the snide this week, as K-State hosts a struggling Oklahoma State.
Next Up: Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2)