Where Big 12 Teams Rank in the Top 25 After Week 5
The Big 12 didn't have a huge weekend in terms of the number of games played, but that doesn't mean it wasn't eventful.
Not surprisingly, there are some shake-ups among Big 12 teams in the new Top 25 polls from the Associated Press and USA Today. Oklahoma is currently holding the conference flag after beating Notre Dame on the road Saturday, while Oklahoma State is tumbling after its loss to West Virginia.
How does the Big 12 look after Week 5? Check it out below. And, as always, I reveal where I ranked each Big 12 team in our Bleacher Report Top 25.
Oklahoma (4-0): No. 11 (AP); No. 10 (USA Today)
The Big 12's non-conference slate has been generally soft, but the bigger issue for the league is that teams like TCU and Texas have been unable to capitalize on bigger out-of-conference games. That changed Saturday when Oklahoma beat Notre Dame 35-21 in South Bend.
The Irish won't have a season like they did in 2012, but Notre Dame could be a .500 team by the end of the year, and it will still have counted as the Big 12's marquee win outside of league play.
The Sooners offense looks sharp and balanced with Blake Bell at quarterback. OU is still giving up some big plays on defense, and that's a little worrisome. But right now, OU has the best win of anybody in the conference. The Sooners deserve to be ranked highest.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 11
Baylor (3-0): No. 17 (AP); No. 16 (USA Today)
The Bears were off in Week 5 and are preparing for a home game against West Virginia. Of course, the last time a Big 12 favorite came off a bye week to play the Mountaineers, they lost 30-21.
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Where I ranked 'em: No. 14
Texas Tech (4-0): No. 20 (AP); No. 22 (USA Today)
Texas Tech was also off this week, which comes at an opportune time as sophomore quarterback Michael Brewer continues to get closer to returning from his back injury. A road trip to Kansas is up next. It's not a trap game necessarily, but Tech doesn't want to get into a low-scoring slugfest with the Jayhawks either. This team needs to go take care of business.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 20
Oklahoma State (3-1): No. 21 (AP); No. 20 (USA Today)
Saturday's loss to West Virginia has to be a tough one for Oklahoma State to swallow. The Mountaineers played good defense, but two missed field goals, three turnovers and several dropped passes should have the Cowboys blaming themselves for starting conference play with a loss.
I'm not ready to toss Oklahoma State to the wayside, though. It's early in the season, and there's a lot of time to clean up the problems that were on display against WVU. Maybe I'm being too forgiving for a bad loss, but the Pokes still have a good shot at a Big 12 title since this conference appears to be wide open.
Where I ranked 'em: No. 19
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