College Football Week 12: Big 12 Conference Power Rankings Logic By the Lake

Lake CruiseAnalyst INovember 14, 2010

College Football Week 12: Big 12 Conference Power Rankings Logic by the Lake

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 04:  Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform at Reliant Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    Hello again, and welcome to this week's version of my Big 12 power rankings.  I was in Waco, Texas — home of Lake Waco and some good high school football.

    The Battle of the Brazos turned into a shocker, but it wasn't the only one in the conference.  See Colorado-Iowa State.

    The Big 12 Conference has been one of the premier conferences in terms of competitiveness.  Predicting outcomes has been difficult, but I've held my own.

    This week will hold many more surprises. 

    Nebraska and Oklahoma State, meanwhile, sit atop the North and South divisions.  Could they be heading to a match-up in the Big 12 Championship?  Possibly.

    Read on to find out which Big 12 team can still win it all.

12. Iowa State Cyclones: Did Nebraska Beat Them Two Weeks Straight?

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 11:  The Iowa State Cyclones cheerleaders during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship at the Ford Center March 11, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Cyclones turned into thunderstorms, but it was a wrong turn.  They are probably still driving in the wrong direction.

    Iowa State looked lethargic compared to the hyper Colorado squad in Boulder. 

    I believe the boys from Ames, Iowa experienced the lingering losing feeling after a game they should have won against Nebraska.  The Cyclones' cheerleaders have work to do.

    ISU will have a chance to redeem themselves against a Missouri squad which comes into Ames playing solid football.

    It will be the Cyclones' last game of the regular year.  They need a victory to become bowl eligible.

    Prediction: The Cyclones will go out on a low note and lose to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

11. Colorado Buffaloes: Watch Out Wildcats for Buffs Crossing

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04:  Running back Rodney Stewart #5 of the Colorado Buffaloes picks up yardage as he rushes against the Colorado State Rams during the the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
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    Getting a new coach generally boosts a team's adrenaline.  The Buffaloes have a new coach, and his team showed out for him last week.  I cannot expect the same thing this week at Folsom Field.

    Prediction: The team will continue to play better and they could upset Kansas State, but the adrenaline will not be there for the Buffs in Boulder.  Watch out for falling rocks.

10. Kansas Jayhawks: Can They Curtail the Cowboys' Horses?

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    LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach Turner Gill of the Kansas Jayhawks trots onto the field ahead of the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on October 14, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    OSU comes in hotter than a bowl of prairie chili.  It could be a Cowboy breakfast in Lawrence.  I expect Oklahoma State to pluck and fry the Jayhawks.

    The Hawks are improving however, and they could prove me wrong.  I'm never wrong by much.  Right? 

    Prediction:  Lock down the ladies and the lil' ones: Justin Blackmon is the new sheriff in town, and he wears the color black. 

9. Texas Longhorns: Stop Piling On

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    AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  A view of fans during a game between the UCLA Bruins and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    These are young men and not professionals.  They don't deserve the reaction they are getting in a lot of places. 

    It is absolutely wrong to pile on when things aren't going well — in anything.  That is my belief, and I'm sticking to it.

    If you've ever been through prolonged hard times, then you feel what I'm saying.

    Prediction: The piling on will cease, and the Longhorns will improve.

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders: The Pirates of Texas Took a Can of You Know What

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    LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Tommy Tuberville of the Texas Tech Red Raiders talks with Will Ford #7 during play against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    I don't believe the inland pirates have enough confidence to go raiding in enemy territory.

    The good thing is they don't have to.  Their enemies come to Lubbock for the last two games of the regular season.

    Tommy Tuberville — I call him Tommy T. whether he likes it or not —  has a very young squad.  Freshmen and redshirts are all over the roster.

    This could be a good formula for future winning, the way I see it.

    Prediction: Lubbock will enjoy the next game — a resounding victory over Weber State. 

7. Kansas State Wildcats: Can the Cats Claw the Buffaloes?

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    COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers on November 13, 2010 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/G
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    Do you know the difference between a Buffalo, a Bison and a Wildcat?  I do — it's KSU Coach Bill Snyder.

    His team next faces Colorado and North Texas.  Those games will not be walks along the lake. 

    Snyder should have the team's undivided attention, however, after their performance at Mizzou.  I can't be too hard on the Wildcats.  It was Mizzou's senior day. 

    Prediction: The Cats will claw the Buffaloes and North Texas.  Already bowl eligible, KSU will play in a respectable bowl game.

6. Baylor Bears: Can the Bears Rebound From the Brazos Beating?

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 13:  The Baylor Bears cheerleaders during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Bears hit a rough spot in their schedule and have bumped their heads.  Who knows what the ride will be like against OU next week in Waco.

    The Sooners are rolling like a 2010 Cadillac.  I prefer Navigators, myself.  I don't believe the Bears can navigate back to their winning formula.  

    Baylor is bowl eligible, and it seems to me they will be satisfied with the situation.

    Prediction: BU will lose to OU, and it could get ugly in the first quarter.

5. Oklahoma Sooners: Boomers and Schooners Normally Dominate in Norman

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    NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders perform during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Last Saturday, they looked like the 1985 Sooners didn't they?

    OU is a mystery to me this season.  One of my high school classmates was a starting tailback for them awhile back, but I pull no punches — as some journalists do.

    They should have a much better record than they do, and I blame the coaches. 

    I know criticizing the Stoops family is like dropping and breaking the Holy Grail, but I bet they are more critical of themselves.

    I believe the coaches will bring big and beautiful smiles to Boomer Sooners.

    Prediction: Oklahoma will continue to roll by beating Baylor.  I'm not so sure how OU will do against OSU.  Check with me next week.

4. Texas A&M Aggies: Has the Wrecking Crew Righted the Ship?

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    COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Tailback Christine Michael #33 of the Texas A&M Aggies rushes for a gain against the Texas Longhorns defense in the second half at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Agg
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    They are the Big 12's hottest team and could very well prove me wrong by beating Nebraska next week in College Station. 

    They are motivated by a chance to catch and run past OSU in the Big 12 South's race.

    Prediction: The Aggies will lose to Nebraska but race past Texas.

3. Missouri Tigers: Is the Growl Back in the Tigers Offense?

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    17 Mar 2000:  The Cheerleaders of the Missouri Tigers cheer from the sidelines during the first round of the NCAA Tournament Game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Jefferson Civic Center in Brimingham, Alabama. The Tar Heels defeated the Tigers
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    The Tigers are a much better team when they play in Columbia, Mo.  Unfortunately, their home schedule is finished.  They go to Ames, Iowa next and to Kansas City to finish their regular schedule.

    ISU and Kansas could very well upset the Tigers if Mizzou doesn't bring their running game, as they did against the Wildcats.

    This is the most winning group of seniors Mizzou has had since 1969.  They could finish as the premier senior group ever in Columbia.

    Their cheerleaders should be growling instead of purring.

    Prediction: The Tigers will keep the growl in their offense by running the ball more, and the seniors could finish as the best Mizzou has had over a four year span. 

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Is Mike Gundy the Best Coach in the Conference?

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Boone Pickens cuts the ribbon in next to head coach Mike Gundy of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the dedication of the Boone Pickens Stadium before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Okl
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    Billionaire T. Boone Pickens' boys are no doubt making him proud.  The OSU Cowboys have one of the fastest rising programs in the nation. 

    If Dez Bryant's success in the NFL is any indication, then Justin Blackmon could be the best thing since cowboy boots.  He will continue to boot the competition. 

    I believe the competitive Mike Gundy is the best coach in the conference and will elevate the program to unprecedented levels. 

    Prediction: OSU will smash Kansas and squeak by OU.  They will face Nebraska in the Big 12 title game and could still win it all.

1. Nebraska Cornhuskers: Will They Finish Strong In Their Final Big 12 Season?

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Nebraska fans fill Memorial Stadium before Texas Longhorns play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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    In general, when in Lincoln, Neb. one comes across the best fans in the nation — period.  Of course, there are exceptions to the rule.

    The Huskers may be winning ugly, but they are winning.  The team appears to be out of the running for finishing No. 1 in the nation, but the storied tradition remains. 

    I picked Big Red to beat Texas and lose at Iowa State.  I was wrong on both occasions — a rarity.  Yet, I hold no bitter feelings.  I was very close to being right in the ISU case. 

    I expect the Huskers to be much better next season in the Big Ten Conference.

    Prediction: The Huskers will finish strong and face OSU for the Big 12 Championship.