Where Big 12 Teams Rank in the Top 25 After Week 7
The first strange weekend of the college football season is over, and the Big 12 is feeling the effects of shake-ups in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls. Three of the conference's four ranked teams moved up at least one spot while Oklahoma fell following its loss to Texas.
So how did the four Big 12 teams in Bleacher Report Top 25 fare in the national polls this week?
Ben Kercheval's B/R rank for each team is listed in italics.
Baylor (5-0): No. 12 (AP, USA Today)
Baylor got its finger pricked against Kansas State in Week 7. Sure enough, it was blood, not corrosive acid, that came out.
Kansas State did a phenomenal job limiting the number of big plays by Baylor's explosive offense, but the Bears still did enough to secure a 35-25 win.
More concerning was Baylor's inability to stop the run on defense. If Baylor can't score 70 points a game each week, it will be up to the defense to make stops as well.
B/R Rank: No. 11
Texas Tech (6-0): No. 16 (AP); No. 15 (USA Today)
Like Baylor, Texas Tech survived a scare on Saturday by beating Iowa State 42-35. Now, the Red Raiders are bowl eligible for the 20th time in the past 21 years.
Also like Baylor, Texas Tech's schedule gets significantly more difficult in a couple of weeks.
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It'll be interesting to see how the Red Raiders play in that final month. The defense is as good as any in the Big 12, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been able to plug in two freshman quarterbacks—Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb—with equal success.
But will those freshmen start to look more like freshmen against the likes of Oklahoma or Kansas State?
B/R Rank: No. 15
Oklahoma (5-1): No. 18 (AP, USA Today)
A 36-20 loss to Texas in the the Red River rivalry resulted in Oklahoma dropping to No. 18 in both polls, falling six spots in the AP and eight spots in the USA Today polls. The loss to Texas exposed OU's weaknesses along the defensive line, and Sooners quarterback Blake Bell had his worst game of the season.
One of those problems—Bell's performance—can be corrected; the other—defensive line depth—cannot.
In the meantime, expect OU to take out its frustrations on Kansas.
B/R Rank: No. 20
Oklahoma State (4-1): No. 21 (AP); No. 17 (USA Today)
The Cowboys were idle in Week 7 and travel to Ames in Week 8 to take on an Iowa State team desperate for a win. The last time OSU traveled to the great state of Iowa, its national title hopes were derailed.
With a motivated opponent, Oklahoma State is going to need to be sharp after playing shaky the past two games.
B/R Rank: No. 22
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