Big 12 Power Rankings Week 12: Can Missouri Crack the BCS Top 25 Going Forward?
Did Mizzou's big win against Texas move the Tigers any closer to cracking the code of the BCS? Can any team stop the Oklahoma State Cowboys from going undefeated in the Big 12 this year?
Time is running out on the season, but I'm back with timely information for your bragging rights and sports information needs. Join me now to find out who is this week's Big 12's cat's meow.
10. Kansas Jayhawks
The winless in the Big 12 this season Jayhawks (2-8, 0-7 Big 12) have nothing to play for, if you ask some observers. But, Turner Gill's team almost pulled off a huge upset last week against Baylor.
The upsetting news for the rest of the Big 12 is that college basketball season has begun. That's why this cheerleader is smiling. The Jayhawks should again be one of the best college squads in the world. Strap in and get ready for a wild ride through the Big 12 and March Madness.
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech University's masked rider raced and mad-dashed in all black down the seams of the gridiron before kickoff last Saturday against Oklahoma State University.
Unfortunately, it was the Cowboys from Stillwater's receivers and running backs who raced down the seams once the game started.
Since beating the Oklahoma Sooners on October 22, the Red Raiders have caused some of their fans to wear masks and ride their cars out of the stadium parking lot by halftime.
Since the OU game, TTU has lost to Iowa State, Texas and OSU by a combined score of 159-33. Missouri and Baylor now stand in the way of Tech (5-5, 2-5 Big 12) becoming bowl eligible.
8. Iowa State Cyclones
The almost bowling Cyclones (5-4, 2-4 Big 12) had a bye last weekend. Iowa State, impressively, needs one more win to become eligible for a bowl.
The bad news is that their opponents in the next three games are the most impressive in the conference. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State—all on the road except for the OSU game.
7. Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns lost to Mizzou last weekend and reportedly lost senior star Fozzy Whittaker for the rest of the season and his career. The speedster was injured early in the Mizzou game. Texas couldn't rebound. Their passing game was woeful in the windy conditions against the Tigers.
The wind was aided by Mizzou's pass rush against the Longhorns' green quarterbacks. UT next faces Kansas State in Austin and Lone Star State rivals Texas A&M and Baylor to finish the regular season.
6. Texas A&M Aggies
A&M's football season may have fallen far short of a lot of people's expectations, but the Aggies can still hold their heads up. They'll have to, you understand, in order to see the other six teams ahead of them in the Big 12's chase.
The Aggies still have to win one more game in order to become eligible for a bowl this season. They have Kansas next and finish the season against the wounded and largely inexperienced Texas Longhorns. Both games will be in College Station.
Keep smiling and try go gig 'em Aggies. I'm impartial, yet I like the maroon and white uniforms. The pom-poms are also excellent.
5. Missouri Tigers
The Tigers ran over and around the Texas Longhorns in Columbia last weekend. Mizzou came into the game as the No. 2-ranked rushing team in the Big 12. The team they beat, Texas, was No. 1.
Before kickoff, The Tigers were unranked in the BCS, while Texas was in the top 20. Mizzou still isn't in the BCS top 20. Shows what the BCS knows, I guess, fans of the Tigers say.
Mizzou (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) needs one more win to become bowl-eligible. It's likely to happen. Texas Tech and Kansas will travel to Columbia in successive weeks to finish the regular season. Mizzou wins this week's Lake's Cat's Meow Award.
4. Baylor Bears
The Bears needed overtime to squeak past Kansas in Lawrence last week. However, Baylor moved to fourth place in the Big 12. With a (6-3, 3-3 Big 12) record, the Bears will again go bowling this season.
Robert Griffin III could still be in contention for this season's Heisman Trophy. Baylor faces Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas, in that order, to finish the season. His numbers are impressive and the Bears have only lost to Kansas State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.
3. Kansas State Wildcats
After a thrilling four-overtime win against Texas A&M last week, the seasoned KSU football program and their head coach, Bill Snyder, left, continued moving in an impressive direction.
Kansas State is likely out of contention for the Big 12 lead, but they've only lost to Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
KSU (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) next faces Texas in Austin and Iowa State in Manhattan to finish the 2011 regular season. The Cats will go bowling after what has already been a cat's meow type season.
2. Oklahoma Sooners
The loss of their best receiver, Ryan Broyles, will hurt the Sooners. Or will hit? Oklahoma still has weapons at wide receiver and tight end. And, their quarterback isn't too bad. The Sooners had a bye last weekend. They'll be at Baylor on Saturday.
The Sooners (8-1, 5-1) are still in the national championship chase. If they beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater to end the season, then the BCS rankings could spiral into a total flux.
1. Oklahoma State Cowboys
For some analysts, including me, Brandon Weeden, 28, has vaulted to the No. 1 position in the Heisman race.
Shades of Chris Weinke who won the Heisman while in his mid-20's, Weeden could become the oldest Heisman winner since Weinke and maybe ever.
Win or lose the Heisman Trophy, Weeden's Cowboys are, for now, far and away the No. 1 team in the Big 12. They are No. 2, in fact in the BCS race.
Can any team stop the racing Cowboys from going undefeated in the Big 12 this year? I don't think they can be stopped—period, but I'll be watching the Bedlam Series against OU on December 3.
After putting up 49 points on the Red Raiders last weekend, the No. 1 ranking on this list is a no-brainer. Likewise, it's a no-brainer not to miss the next edition of Lake's Masked Rider Report.
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