Rivalry Week meant upsets around college football. For the Big 12, it just meant Texas re-entered the Top 25 polls.
The Longhorns are back in the Associated Press and USA Today polls after beating up Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. Other than that, though, there wasn't a lot of moving or shaking for Big 12 teams. Still, next week will be important as the top four teams (Oklahoma and Oklahoma State; Baylor and Texas) will face each other with conference title implications on the line.
So, how did the four 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. 6 (AP; USA Today)
The Cowboys moved up one spot from No. 7 thanks to South Carolina's 31-17 win over Clemson. Though Oklahoma State has a .00000000001 percent chance* of reaching the national title, it can wrap up the Big 12 next week with a win over Oklahoma.
Oklahoma State has been one of the most impressive teams in the country over the past month. It's been exciting to watch everything come together at the right time for the Pokes, who could probably compete with just about anybody.
B/R rank: No. 5
Baylor (10-1): No. 9 (AP); Tied-No. 7 (USA Today)
Baylor returned to its winning ways on Saturday with a 41-38 victory over TCU. As the score indicates, though, it wasn't a pushover. The Bears' downfield passing game continues to struggle without receiver Tevin Reese, who is out for the year with wrist injury, and offensive lineman Spencer Drango (back).
There's no doubt Baylor is a top-10 team, but what it needs more than anything is to get healthy. If Baylor can beat Texas on Saturday, it should, at worst, be in line for a BCS at-large berth. Who knows, Baylor may get to face a team like Alabama in that situation.
B/R rank: No. 8
Oklahoma (9-2): No. 18 (AP); No. 15 (USA Today)
Oklahoma is technically eliminated from winning a Big 12 title thanks to Baylor's win over TCU, but the Sooners can play spoiler against Oklahoma State this Saturday.
Ranking this team is difficult because, even with one game left, it's hard to know what to truly make of the Sooners. Oklahoma has, simply put, been all over the place.
The defense has played well, but it also got embarrassed against Texas and Baylor. The offense looks like it has settled down with quarterback Trevor Knight, but the upcoming game against one of the best defenses in the conference will be a good test.
B/R rank: No. 15
Texas (8-3): No. 23 (AP); No. 24 (USA Today)
Texas re-enters the top 25 after a commanding win over Texas Tech. The Longhorns have been a fringe top-25 team most of the season, and a road trip to Baylor will determine whether Texas stays ranked heading into bowl season or not.
It could also play a huge role in deciding head coach Mack Brown's future with the program.
B/R rank: No. 22
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