Big 12 power rankings

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Oklahoma St. had to plummet, right? Perhaps ...

With five, glorious Big 12 conference games on tap this week, here's your eye-crossing stat to consider: In three games, Baylor scored a Big-12 best 209 points. In the exact same amount of time, Kansas scored 58. Yep.

On to the rankings ...

1. Oklahoma Sooners (4-0, 1-0) — Yep, OU belongs here until it proves otherwise. Notre Dame isn't what it was even a year ago, but Blake Bell has taken huge steps forward. And, that Sooners defense, man ...

2. Baylor Bears (3-0, 0-0) — Finally, the Bears have a legit opponent in hosting West Virginia, which probably hasn't stopped the celebration moonshine since last weekend. Advantage: church school.

3. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (3-1, 0-1) — The national Top 25's weren't kind to OSU, nor should they have been. They stay here in this ranking because, well, I still think it was just a really terrible day in Morgantown, and I truly think Mike Gundy's group is still easily in the top third of this conference, despite last week's debacle.

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0, 1-0) — First road test for the young guns out of Lubbock. Playing at Kansas, though, makes this more of the open-book, midweek variety than a semester final.

5. Texas Longhorns (2-2, 1-0) — DeLoss Dodds' era end is officially inked on the calendar. No word if the Longhorn Network will cover that in 2014 as its final broadcast event.

6. Kansas St. Wildcats (2-2, 0-1) — Speaking of clocks, time is fast running out on this season for K-State before it officially becomes a waste. KSU is staring at a real possibility of being 2-4, 0-3 with tilts versus the Cowboys and then Baylor beginning this weekend.

7. West Virginia Mountaineers (3-2, 1-1) — Well hell's bells and fiery couches, where did THAT come from!?! What a way to kick off three straight games against Top 25 opponents. Now, can the Mountaineers play anywhere near that level in Waco?

8. TCU Horned Frogs (2-2, 0-1) — Texas Christian is dinged up (again), sort of listless and needs a miracle or five to get a win against revved up Oklahoma in Norman.

9. Kansas Jayhawks (2-1, 0-0) — Between now and six weeks from now, just remember that one good time you had against Louisiana Tech, KU. Why six weeks? Well ... vs. Texas Tech; @TCU; vs. OU; vs. BU, @Texas; and @OSU just looks terrifying. After those games, the record easily could be 2-7, 0-6. Yuck.

10. Iowa St. Cyclones (1-2, 0-0) — The Cyclones finally showed some signs of life last week on the road at Tulsa. If ISU builds on that, Paul Rhoads' group might take down Texas in Ames. That would be enough to get Iowa St. out of the bottom of these here rankings. The suspense is maddening.

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