Big 12 power rankings: Baylor & Festivus

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Oh, Baylor. The end.

On to the ranks ...

1. Oklahoma St. Cowboys (10-1, 7-1) — The 'Pokes were my Big 12 pick at the beginning of the year. I wavered when I shouldn't have. OSU has won seven straight since the WVU debacle and is still just No. 7 in the BCS, showing that only one-loss SEC teams (No. 4 Auburn Tigers, No. 5 Missouri Tigers) really ever get serious second-chance consideration.

2. Baylor Bears (9-1, 6-1) — Hey look, over there, more OSU points! At least you know you can send gifts to Art Briles' Bears for Festivus because his team is now BCS irrelevant like the rest of us.

3. Oklahoma Sooners (9-2, 6-2) — Too little, too late. OU is awake again, and nobody cares. Meanwhile, mean ol' Bob Stoops is suspending seniors and kicking them off the team (Damien Williams) in a show of ... well ... who knows, but he's the boss. Never mind Stoops has a history of putting his foot down with guys ... after he's gotten what he needs.

4. Texas Longhorns (7-3, 6-1)David Ash is officially done for the year. A couple of other injuries have cropped up as well, and this team no longer holds its destiny in its own hands (if you don't believe in that co-championship/tie thing). Still, I think the Longhorns will have plenty of spirit when they host Tech on Thursday.

5. Kansas St. Wildcats (6-5, 4-4) — Well, wasn't that a humbling kick to Willie's Wildcat? OU needed about five minutes (and a couple of KSU bad plays) to blow open a seemingly competitive game, and overall show K-State, again, that it really can't spell defense without Ty Zimmerman.

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-4, 4-4) — Kliff's offense is still fun-and-gunnin' all over the field, leading the nation in passing at 400.2 ypg. Those four straight losses, and staring at a potential fifth to end the regular season? That's not so fun.

7. TCU Horned Frogs (4-7, 2-6) — Officially, this week's game against Baylor is a sellout. After Baylor crumbled, no word if seats are magically coming up available. The all-time series between the two schools is 51-50-7.

8. West Virginia Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6) — With a hat tip to the Big 12 Conference's notes, this will be the first time in his 14 years of involvement with an FBS program that Dana Holgorsen will not coach in a bowl game. The conference is so proud.

9. Iowa St. Cyclones (2-9, 1-7) — If ISU/KU was the toilet bowl, the Cyclones flushed away any doubts who the absolute worst team in the league is in 2013. It was a two-ply effort as the offense amassed more than 500 yards of offense and the defense earned its first shutout in Big 12 play since 9/29/01 (41-0 against Baylor) as KU floated away.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7) — One devoted KU supporter, for weeks, has begged me to put KU in the tenth spot. I said KU had earned its way up the ladder. Well, slap me and call me Shirley; it's all yours, Jayhawks. 34 to stinkin' nothin'? To a then 1-9 opponent? I mean, day-um.

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