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Where Big 12 Teams Rank in the Top 25 After Week 11

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Levi Norwood #42 of the Baylor Bears runs the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 7, 2013 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ben KerchevalCollege Football Lead WriterNovember 10, 2013

The Big 12 still has four teams in the latest Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 college football polls, but there's one new face. 

Welcome back, Texas. We've missed you. 

The Longhorns re-enter the Top 25 after a thrilling win over West Virginia in Week 11. Texas is 6-0 after starting the season 1-2 and is in the middle of the conference title hunt.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech continues to slide after losing its third straight game. The Red Raiders fell to Kansas State, 49-26, and right out of the Top 25. 

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 (8-0): No. 4 (AP, USA Today)

Baylor moved up the polls thanks to Stanford's Thursday night win over Oregon. Now, the only teams that stand between the Bears and a BCS championship appearance are Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State. After Thursday's 41-12 win over Oklahoma, it seems like the Bears should be ranked higher than Ohio State, but critics are now downplaying OU's merit (with some degree of validity). 

With two marquee games against Oklahoma State and Texas still on the schedule, there's an opportunity for Baylor to move up one more spot above Ohio State if all teams remain undefeated. But the story for Baylor remains the same: win out and have at least one more team lose. 

B/R rank: No. 3

 

Oklahoma State (8-1): No. 12 (AP); No. 10 (USA Today)

The Cowboys took care of business against Kansas. Other than the running game lagging again, there's not much to complain about with Oklahoma State. Are the Pokes a Top 10 team? They certainly seem right there on the fringe. The final three weeks will tell us just how much this team has improved since its September loss to West Virginia—and maybe whether it's the best team in the conference. 

B/R rank: No. 11

 

Oklahoma (7-2): No. 22 (AP); No. 17 (USA Today)

Oklahoma took quite a beating in Waco, and the perception of the Sooners is going south quickly. Dan Wolken of the USA Today questioned on Twitter Sunday whether OU should be ranked at all. 

That seems a little harsh, considering Oklahoma's defense did a nice job keeping Baylor off balance early. If nothing else, the Sooners defense is clearly the better of the two sides of the ball and Top 25 worthy. 

But Oklahoma ahead of Texas in both polls, when the Sooners lost to the 'Horns last month? And with a worse conference record? That's laughable. 

B/R rank: No. 23

 

Texas (7-2): No. 23 (AP); No. 24 (USA Today)

The Longhorns have finally re-entered the Top 25 polls after a two-month absence. Texas is undefeated in Big 12 play and has three crucial games to end the year: at home against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, and a season-ending road game at Baylor. 

There are BCS title hopes for the 'Horns, but wins in November and December could shoot Mack Brown's team up the rankings. 

B/R rank: No. 21

 

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

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