Posted by Tom Fornelli
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
3/4. Oklahoma State
We have a new top dog in the Big 12 this week following Oklahoma's loss, but for the first time this season there isn't a Big 12 team ranked first in either of the polls. Though I doubt Oklahoma State minds all that much, as it'll gladly accept the jump in both polls. The Cowboys are also ranked third in the BCS, and with LSU and Alabama getting together in a few weeks, as long as they can handle Baylor and Kansas State -- which will not be easy -- Oklahoma State will find itself in the top two.
10/12. Kansas State
The Wildcats are finally starting to get the respect they deserve for being 7-0 on the season, even if it isn't nearly enough. As is usually the case, I'm not exactly thrilled with how the Coaches feel about Kansas State. Yeah, the Wildcats are finally in the top ten in the AP, but the coaches have them 12th behind five teams with a loss on the season. One of those teams is Michigan State, who may have just beaten Wisconsin, but needed a hail mary to do so and lost to a mediocre Notre Dame team earlier this season. I don't always agree when teams like Houston, from a non-BCS conference, are ranked so low, but I understand it. However, this is Kansas State. A BCS conference team that is playing in a Big 12 conference that has six teams ranked in the BCS standings right now. You'd think being 7-0 might mean a bit more. Good news for the Wildcats is that it does in the BCS, where they find themselves 8th.
As expected, the Sooners took a big drop following their loss at home to Texas Tech, but I think the voters basically got this one right. It was not a good loss at all, but the Sooners shouldn't be punished too much for it. This also keeps the Sooners in a good position because if they can win out, with games against Texas A&M, Kansas State and Oklahoma State all remaining on the schedule, they'll climb right back up the rankings.
16/16. Texas A&M
The Aggies are the highest-ranked two-loss team in the country, and as I've said in weeks before, I don't agree with A&M being ranked ahead of so many schools who have lost less games than it has. Still, considering the losses came against Arkansas and Oklahoma State, I'm not going to complain too loudly. Just as long as the Aggies realize that if the passing game struggles in the coming weeks like it did against Iowa State on Saturday, it won't be this high for very long.
19/22. Texas Tech
Funny things happen when you beat Oklahoma. Though Texas Tech totally deserves this ranking, as its two losses on the year came against Kansas State and Texas A&M, and those losses were by a combined 12 points. So the Red Raiders have been a better team than they've been given credit for all season, and if you don't believe me, just remember that Tech was a 28-point underdog going into Norman on Saturday. That's right, a team that was averaging over 40 points per game was a 28-point underdog. I guess people were expecting Oklahoma to score 70.
Others Receiving Votes
Texas (26 AP/49 Coaches votes), Baylor (47 AP/29 Coaches)