Where Big 12 Teams Rank in the Top 25 After Week 4

Ben Kercheval@@BenKerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterSeptember 22, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears safety Terrell Burt (13) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Warhawks 70-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The latest Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls were released on Sunday. As was the case last week, the Big 12 has four teams appearing in each poll. 

Not much changed over the past week, a reflection of the cruddy weekend that was Week 4. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had byes, and Baylor and Texas Tech took care of more non-conference business. Generally, it was a quiet week for the Big 12. 

Texas didn't re-enter the top 25 after beating Kansas State Saturday night, and the Longhorns probably have a ways to go before they'll start sneaking back into the polls. 

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 Pokes were off this week and are currently preparing for a road trip to West Virginia in Week 5. However, I'd be lying if I said J.W. Walsh wasn't impressive on Saturday against the always-formidable opponent, "bye." 

Where I ranked 'em: No. 12


Oklahoma (3-0): No. 14 (AP); No. 12 (USA Today)

The Sooners were also off this weekend as they prepare for a big road game against Notre Dame next week. The Irish have had a couple of close games in the last two weeks against Purdue and Michigan State, so it'll be interesting to see how OU fares when they travel to South Bend.

Where I ranked 'em: No. 15


Baylor (3-0): No. 19 (AP); No. 18 (USA Today) 

The Bears moved up a spot in each poll after laying into Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. There's really not much more than can be said about this team until we get into the meat of conference play. The offense is stupid good and the defense has been impressive by scoring four touchdowns this season directly off of turnovers.

Maybe I'm overrating them a bit, but Baylor is playing great football. Yes, the competition has been generally subpar, but this team executes its game plan so well. We just have to wait and see if they keep it up. 

Where I ranked 'em: No. 14


Texas Tech (4-0): No. 24 (AP); No. 25 (USA Today

The Red Raiders have taken a couple of steps back on offense over the past couple of weeks and appear to be back to square one with the quarterback situation. However, the defense is playing superb and the team is sitting at 4-0. 

If the offense gets clicking again, Texas Tech will become an interesting and potentially dangerous team in the Big 12 title race. For now, Tech is a team that looks more on the cusp. 

Where I ranked 'em: No. 24

Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. You can follow him on Twitter @BenKercheval