Week 9 Hotel California Conference Power Rankings

The Power Rankings get a makeover this week thanks to a suggestion from GTcat.  We will have a special "Purgatory" division for teams that are in "limbo" in regards to conference membership.  This week West Virginia and TCU will be the only teams in those divisions, but if you guys think I should include Missouri and aTm there as well, let me know in the comments.  Sorry for the late posting this week, but I wanted to brush up on my TCU West Virginia knowledge so that I could give an informed update on their season.  That is a lot more time consuming than you would think.

Anyway, the rankings shake up a bunch this week thanks to a wild weekend.  I don't think this week's rankings are a true 1 through 10 ranking, but I have a problem with ranking teams higher than teams that just beat them.  Maybe for something like the Top 25 I can get, but the whole purpose of a Power Rankings is to rank teams given their current level of play, and so some teams get dropped considerably more than they probably deserve for that reason (sorry Tech).

And you can call me crazy but I thought we had a decent chance to win that game going in at halftime.

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Purgatory | Overall (Big 12 Conference) [Other Conference]

1. TCU | 6-2 (0-1) [3-0]

It is hard to decide where to rank these two teams, since nothing about either resume screams "superior".  If I knew as much about the MWC or Big East teams as I do about the Big 12, I might be more confident with this ordering, but I don't, so I'm not.

Still, I think TCU has the better resume so far.  Their two losses are by a combined 9 points, with one game a 2 point loss (at Baylor to start the year, when Baylor was still good) and the other game an overtime loss to an inspired SMU team.  Ask Oklahoma about that.

2. West Virginia | 6-2 (0-0) [2-1]

On the flip side, both of West Virginia's losses have been blow-out games that they were never in a position to win.  A 47-21 loss to #1 LSU is not so deplorable (and actually a little bit impressive), but a 49-23 loss to Syracuse is.  That game was 21-9 at half and Syracuse never looked back.  Yes, WVU has the #24 ranking next it's name, and TCU has none, but I think if these two teams played TCU would win more times than not.


Please feel free to correct me in the comments.


1. Oklahoma State | 8-0 (5-0)

They manhandled Baylor.  While the defense wasn't nearly as impressive as the scoring indicated, they still held the Bears to 3 points in the first three quarters.  This was textbook bend-but-don't-break. OSU surrendered 286 yards to Baylor in the first half, but did not let the Bears onto the scoreboard. As usual, the OSU offense was dominating, and the score was never close in this one.  I imagine it will be a similar story next week, though obviously I would prefer otherwise. Interesting factoid from David Ubben, though:

  • Kansas State has scored a touchdown on 19-of-20 (95 percent) goal-to-go situations, the highest percentage in the FBS.
  • In 10 goal-to-go situations, Oklahoma State has given up five touchdowns. That's the lowest percentage in the Big 12 and sixth-best nationally, tied with ... Alabama.

2. Thuglahoma | 7-1 (4-1)

No comment at this time due to the ongoing criminal investigations.

3. Texas | 5-2 (2-2)

Destroying the Jayhawks is about as impressive as destroying FAU. Still, there isn't really anyone else deserving to be here.  KSU is a better team, but they had a bad week I felt they needed to drop more than one.  Missouri had a good game, but they just haven't put together enough wins to warrant jumping them into the top three.  They get Tech at home this week, and I expect Tech to bounce back with another road victory.

4. Kansas State | 7-1 (4-1)

Well, this season is over.  I honestly do not think since this team lost to Oklahoma that there is still an opportunity to win more than 7 games this season.

5. Missouri | 4-4 (2-3)

I'm still mad as hell at you guys for stabbing us in the back"doing what's best for your university", but I'm starting to like you guys again.  If you do end up abandoning your long time friendsgoing to the SEC I'm beginning to think I would actually root for you and wish you the best.  Still, you're a bunch of dicks.


6. Texas A&M | 5-3 (3-2)

So, how does it feel to be the second best team joining the SEC?

7. Baylor | 4-3 (1-3)

There really is no shame in losing to Oklahoma State on the road, especially the manner in which they did it.  It could have been easy for them to fold it in during the second half but they kept fighting and eventually reduced the margin of defeat, unlike some teams I could think of.  Like Missouri, you are a team that is better than it's record.  Unlike Missouri, you don't have any excuses, since your schedule has been a fairly easy one.

8. Iowa State | 4-4 (1-4)

It's up to you to stop this chain of madness Cyclones.  It should be easy, since you get KU at home, but beware!  Ou lost to Tech, who then came out and lost to you.  You must break the chain.  On second thought, if KU can win maybe the don't fire Gill after this year, so go ahead and let the cycle continue!

9. Texas Tech | 5- 1 3 (2-3)

I told you I would be mad at you if you started losing to bad teams.  Seriously, what was the point of pissing Oklahoma off so they would take it out on us if you were just going to turn around and lose, at home, to Iowa State?

10. Kansas | 2- 5 6 (0-5)

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