Where Big 12 Teams Rank in the Top 25 After Week 3
Well, three-and-a-half teams—Texas Tech has made its way into the AP poll, but is an "other receiving votes" member of the coaches poll.
Not surprisingly, TCU has dropped out of both top 25 polls after losing to the Red Raiders last Thursday 20-10.
Here's where Big 12 teams placed in this week's top 25. And, as always, I disclose where I ranked each Big 12 team in our Bleacher Report top 25.
Oklahoma State (3-0): No. 11 (AP & USA Today)
The preseason favorites to win the Big 12 are still the conference's highest-ranked team. The Cowboys haven't had to do much over the first few weeks, but at least they're taking care of business. Oklahoma State has a bye week next Saturday before going on the road for its first Big 12 game against West Virginia.
Placing OSU just outside the top 10 is fine for now, but we're still a couple weeks away at minimum before finding out just what Mike Gundy's team has.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 12
Oklahoma (3-0): No. 14 (AP); No. 12 (USA Today)
The Sooners offense looked more complete against Tulsa with Blake Bell at quarterback. How much stock anyone can put into that remains to be seen, but it was good to see the passing game begin to click. Furthermore, there's no doubt Bell's experience paid some dividends when it came to poise in the pocket.
OU travels to Notre Dame next week. Per coach Bob Stoops, Bell will start again. That's probably the right move even if Trevor Knight were available. The Irish are limping a bit after losing to Michigan in Week 2 and escaping Purdue on Saturday, but this is nevertheless a big game for the Sooners.
Win in South Bend and this team will be getting more attention from voters.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 14
Baylor (2-0): No. 20 (AP); No. 19 (USA Today)
The Bears were off in Week 3, but managed to move up two or three spots because of some other losses around the country.
Baylor has played well in the first couple weeks of the season against inferior opponents. I'm actually kind of impatient because I'm ready to see how this team looks against some more formidable opponents (sorry, Louisiana-Monroe).
And, by that, I'm mean I'm anxious to see if it can continue to score 70 points a game.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 18
Texas Tech (3-0): No. 25 (AP); NR (USA Today)
Who is the best team in the Big 12?
The Red Raiders nudged themselves into the AP top 25 this week thanks to a Thursday night win at home over TCU. The Horned Frogs are struggling right now, and it wasn't a pretty victory, but it was a solid win.
The one thing that's been most impressive about Texas Tech is its defense, a unit that did a particularly good job of open-field tackling against the Horned Frogs. We'll see if the offense can get back to its high-scoring ways over the next month or so with an accommodating schedule.
Who knows how good this team really is right now, but I don't agree with putting Fresno State and Michigan State above Texas Tech in the coaches poll.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 24
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenKercheval.
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