Big 12 Week 13 Power Rankings: Tough to separate Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU


Here are the updated Big 12 Power Rankings following Week 13:

1. Oklahoma Sooners (previous ranking: 1): It's hard to imagine a scenario that includes Oklahoma not being in the College Football Playoff. The Big 12 champion finished the season with flare, winning road games against Baylor and Oklahoma State with a close home win over TCU sandwiched in between. The Sooners look like a complete team with an explosive, balanced offense joining an athletic, aggressive defense to overwhelm opponents. We knew the cream would rise to the top in November, and it just so happened to be the Crimson and Cream that left zero doubt which team is the Big 12's best.

2. Baylor Bears (2): The second tier of the Big 12 — spots two through four — might as well be 2a, 2b and 2c as neither of the three teams really separated themselves from the other. Baylor's dominant road win over Oklahoma State gives it the slight nod over the Cowboys despite its double overtime loss at TCU on Friday. It's unfortunate the injury bug combined with a unending downpour kept us from seeing the Revivalry play out with full-strength squads in good playing conditions.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3): The Cowboys dominant 49-29 win over TCU, which started the Nov. 7 game with a healthy Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson, lands Mike Gundy's team at No. 3 despite getting run off its home field in back-to-back games against Baylor and Oklahoma to end the regular season. We knew Oklahoma State's lack of balance would be a problem, but both the Bears and Sooners seemed to overwhelm the Cowboys with their talent as well.

4. TCU Horned Frogs (4): The Horned Frogs had the most impressive weekend of the three teams with a double-overtime 28-21 win over Baylor. It's hard to take anything away from this squad, which managed to get to 10 wins despite a long list of injuries. This was one of the best coaching jobs of Gary Patterson's career.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers (5): The Mountaineers are one win away from an 8-4 regular season and making October a distant memory. West Virginia has given up six points in its past two games while forcing 12 turnovers in the past three games. It's not the Dana Holgorsen team we've come to expect, ranking 12th among FBS teams at 241.6 rushing yards per game.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (6): The Red Raiders' offensive balance was the difference as Kliff Kingsbury's team rushed for 293 yards and passed for 372 yards in a 48-45 win over Texas to earn Tech's first win at Texas since 1997. Texas Tech's 7-5 season is a terrific step forward for Kingsbury's program in Year 3. The best news is sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes is no longer a future star in the Big 12; he already has reached star status.

7. Texas Longhorns (7): Charlie Strong's team watched its hopes of a six-win season slip away during a 48-45 loss to Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. A star may have been born with Chris Warren rushing for 276 yards and four touchdowns. But Texas still found a way to lose despite rushing for 403 yards and winning the turnover battle (4-2).

8. Kansas State Wildcats (8): The Wildcats are one win away from their sixth win, while avoiding a five-win campaign for the first time since 2008. West Virginia is a major obstacle between K-State and that goal, but Bill Snyder's squad gets the Mountaineers at home. Saturday's 45-14 win over Kansas featured a solid defensive performance as the Wildcats gave up only 4.5 yards per play, their lowest mark in conference play.

9. Iowa State Cyclones (9): The Paul Rhoads era came to an end with 30-6 loss at West Virginia. The Cyclones probably will look back at a 3-9 regular season thinking about the "what ifs" that defined Rhoads final campaign. Narrow losses to Iowa, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Toledo will make Iowa State bemoan just how close it was to six or even seven wins.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (10): David Beaty will have to wait for his second season for his first win at Kansas. The Jayhawks capped off a 0-12 season with a 45-14 loss in the Sunflower Showdown. Kansas lost by an average of 30.8 points per game, including 35.8 points per game in Big 12 action. The good news is that several freshmen, including quarterback Ryan Willis and defensive end Dorance Armstrong, flashed abilities that should make them core members of future squads.