Big 12 Power Rankings Week 11: Can Oklahoma State Lasso the BCS Champonship?
Can the OSU Cowboys make T. Boone Pickens proud this season by realizing his dream of his alma mater playing for a national championship?
Did the Wildcats (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) claw the Cowboys enough to hurt Oklahoma State's BCS bid?
Did the Sooners get lake-cruised in their match against yet another team from Texas?
Did the Longhorns, victims of the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry, succeed in lassoing the Red Raiders in Austin? How about those Tigers from Columbia, did they shock another Texas team after smacking Texas A&M in College Station?
The answers to these electrifying questions, and more that you perhaps hadn't thought to ponder, are within a mouse click away.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
Are the Jayhawks men or mouse clicks on the web pages of football life in the Big 12? They are actually birds, or at least their mascot is. I'm not sure what a jayhawk is, but I believe it has something to do with Wilt Chamberlain and the KU cheerleading squad.
Chamberlain remains one of the top names ever in University of Kansas hoops. Hoola not included, the football team under Turner Gill got dunked on again in Ames.
Losing to the Iowa State Cyclones, 13-10, allowed Kansas (2-7, 0-6) to remain without a Big 12 Conference win this season. Not to worry, the cheerleaders will be chanting for the mighty KU basketball team in due time. Tip-off can't come a moment too soon.
9. Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones (5-4, 2-4) are in contention for a bowl game. Sure, Iowa State has to play against the two juggernauts from Oklahoma and Kansas State to finish the season, but so what?
Actually, it appears to be a very daunting task. Only the OSU game, this Saturday is in Ames. Keep your heads up, Cyclones. The cheers will come before the storm.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech stormed into Austin, but the Red Raiders left with tart tastes in their mouths after being taken to the romping shop by Mack Brown's buoyant bunch of Texans.
Tech had such high spirits after throttling Oklahoma in Norman two weeks ago, but the Raiders have since lost two in a row by a combined 64 points-the Reds have gotten cycloned by Iowa State and lassoed by the Longhorns.
Life is rough in the Big 12, especially in Texas. It doesn't get any easier for the Raiders; Oklahoma State will be in Lubbock sooner than Tech (5-4, 2-4) wants them to arrive. Good luck going forward Red Raiders. Y'all are going to need to get smoother.
7. Texas A&M Aggies
Instead of velvety smooth, the football Aggies have been sandpaper-like this season. The score last week was 41-10, before A&M scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to make it look somewhat respectable.
Kansas State, Kansas and Texas, in that order, remain on the Aggies' schedule. With five wins overall and a .500 record in the Big Ten, A&M could still make it to a bowl.
However,, this season has fallen far below expectations.
6. Missouri Tigers
Unexpectedly perhaps, Mizzou (4-5, 2-4) had a 14-13 lead at halftime, but Robert Griffin III proceeded to light them up for over 400 yards passing by the time the second half had ended. He added three touchdown tosses and one rushing.
Tiger cheerleaders can smile because Missouri is only two victories away from being bowl-eligible. They can frown because Mizzou has Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas remaining. Those are all three snatching defeat from the teeth of victory type games for the Tigers. God bless you, Tigers.
5. Baylor Bears
Baylor (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) beat Mizzou with a big time second half in Waco last weekend. The Tigers are the same team that beat Texas A&M two years in a row on the road. College Station, Texas is left scratching their heads, wondering how the Bears can beat Mizzou, but the Aggies can't.
Good question: I guess Bears are tougher than Tigers this season, but not as tough as Aggies. God bless the farmers.
4. Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) became bowl-eligible by beating a Lone Star State rival last weekend. Texas could still make a claim for being the best college football team in the state this season.
I'm sure the Houston Cougars will have something to say about that last sentence. Texas is, however, bowl-eligible. They have Texas A&M and Baylor remaining.
Depending on the outcome of the last two Battles of Texas on the Longhorns' remaining schedule, it could be intriguing to see Mack Brown's team matchup with Houston in a bowl game.
3. Kansas State Wildcats
A classic football game broke out where a blowout was supposed to happen. The Wildcats sojourned to Stillwater with upset-minded intentions, and KSU nearly realized their dream.
The Cats didn't claw the Cowboys enough to upset OSU's No. 2 BCS bid. Alas, Oklahoma State defended the cakes on their home griddle.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners must be thinking that life ain't nothing but a funny riddle after their latest injury news surfaced. The good news is that wide receiver Jaz Reynolds is really stepping up.
On the flip side, Ryan Broyles is out for the season with an ACL injury. Broyles was in contention for the University of Oklahoma's school record in receiving. Saddening news for the senior, but hopefully he'll be back to make a run at the NFL.
However, the Sooners (8-1, 5-1) are still in contention for the Big 12 title. You see, they won going away against fast-fading Texas A&M despite the Broyles news.
Oklahoma, I'm sure, is looking forward to the Bedlam Series against their now biggest Big 12 rivals. Those rivals also happen to be in the same state.
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State (9-0, 6-0) survived against the Kansas State Wildcats, 52-45. When I say it came down to the final second, trust me.
The Wildcats had the ball on the OSU five with one second remaining. The Kansas State offense sputtered, though, and Cowboy Nation lived to fight another day.
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