Thanks to Oklahoma State's dominating 52-34 road win over Texas Tech in Week 10, the Big 12 title race is beginning to take shape.
The Top 25 polls from the Associated Press and USA Today generally reflect the separation that's beginning to take place at the top of the conference. (However, Texas, which is undefeated in conference play, remains unranked.) Baylor is still the conference flag-holder, but Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are slowly creeping up into the Top-10 conversation.
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 (7-0): No. 6 (BCS); No. 5 (AP, USA Today)
The Bears were off in Week 10 as they prepare for a monster Thursday night game against Oklahoma. What more can anyone say about Baylor? They look like the Big 12's best team but will begin a critical final stretch of the season in just a few days.
We'll find out soon enough just how for real this Baylor team is.
B/R rank: No. 5
Oklahoma (7-1): No. 10 (BCS); No. 12 (AP); No. 8 (USA Today)
The Sooners were also resting on a bye week as they prepare for the road trip to Waco. Oklahoma is coming off its best win of the season at home against Texas Tech. Could OU be playing its best football of the year at the right time? A win against Baylor would certainly indicate as much.
It would also validate Oklahoma as a legit Top-10 team and a possible outside contender for a BCS title.
B/R rank: No. 8
Oklahoma State (7-1): No. 14 (BCS); No. 15 (AP); No. 11 (USA Today)
The Cowboys also got their best win of the season on Saturday, beating Texas Tech, 52-34. Oklahoma State's new-found running game has lifted the offense to complement the great job the defense has been doing all year. Now, the Pokes look like a dominant team capable of challenging for a conference title.
Tech may be slipping a bit, but winning on the road in the Big 12 hasn't been easy this year. The Pokes did it in impressive fashion and deserve to recognized for it.
B/R rank: No. 12
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Texas Tech (7-2): No. 25 (BCS); No. 25 (AP); No. 23 (USA Today)
Things are beginning to unravel a bit for the Red Raiders, who have dropped their past two games. The mistakes that didn't cost Tech—turnovers, penalties and the like—are now coming back to haunt them.
Equally concerning is Tech's run defense, which has allowed an average of 279 yards and eight touchdowns over that two-game span. Unfortunately for Texas Tech, its final three opponents—Kansas State, Baylor and Texas—all like to run the ball.
It's tough to punish Tech too much for losing to two teams with a combined record of 14-2, but getting dominated at home is enough to place the Red Raiders on the edge of the Top 25.
B/R rank: No. 24