There's a new leader in the Big 12 clubhouse, and it's the same group that now holds the title of the conference's highest-ranked team.
Oklahoma State's 49-17 beatdown of Baylor on Saturday night has helped the Cowboys surge in the BCS polls—with a little help from Oregon losing to Arizona, of course.
Baylor, meanwhile, has all but officially dropped out of the BCS title picture but is still in a position to win a share of the Big 12 and a possible at-large BCS bowl berth. And after a 41-31 win over Kansas State, Oklahoma keeps hanging around the Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 while preparing for an important season-ending game against the Cowboys.
So, how did the three Big 12 teams in the Bleacher Report Top 25 fare in the national polls this week?
Ben Kercheval's B/R rank for each team is listed in italics.
Oklahoma State (10-1): No. 7 (AP, USA Today)
Oklahoma State had the most impressive win in Week 13, beating a Top-5 team by 32 points. Of course, the competition for best win wasn't too stiff with many teams loading up on cupcakes.
Any way you look at it, though, the Cowboys were impressive against a Baylor team that is quite non-fraudulent, thank you very much. That deserves some recognition by moving up near the Top 5.
The Cowboys have a bye week and then finish the season at home against Oklahoma in a game that will also have plenty of conference title implications.
B/R rank: No. 6
Baylor (9-1): No. 9 (AP); No. 8 (USA Today)
You know what they say: you win some, you get rocked in some. There aren't too many positives to take away from the Oklahoma State loss, but Baylor's season is far from over. The Bears aren't out of the conference title race yet; they just need some help from Oklahoma State, who must lose to Oklahoma, and win their final two games.
Baylor must avoid a hangover on the road at TCU, and a season-ending game against Texas will be sure to draw some attention. There's still a lot on the line for this team.
B/R rank: No. 9
Oklahoma (9-2): No. 20 (AP); No. 17 (USA Today)
The Sooners aren't eliminated from the conference championship hunt, and they're lingering around the lower half of the Top 25. Things could definitely get all tangled up before the regular season ends. But for now, take some time to admire the fact that, without a steady quarterback and with multiple injuries, the Sooners can still have a 10-win season.
B/R rank: No. 20
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