Jake Trotter, ESPN Staff Writer 378d

Big 12 Week 5 power rankings: Thanks to defense, Texas making move up

Our Big 12 Week 5 power rankings:

1. Oklahoma (previous ranking: 1): The Sooners had the week to heal up after a successful first month of the season. Next is a tune-up against Iowa State before the clash in Dallas with Tom Herman and Texas.

2. TCU (2): The Horned Frogs have a difficult two-game stretch coming up against West Virginia at home and Kansas State in Manhattan. If TCU can get past that, it's relatively calm waters until a showdown at Oklahoma on Nov. 11.

3. Oklahoma State (3): The Cowboys squandered several opportunities in Texas Tech's red zone but found a way to win in Lubbock. Oklahoma State has a much-needed bye week coming up next.

4. West Virginia (4): The Mountaineers can announce their arrival into the Big 12 title conversation with a victory this weekend at TCU. This will be a big test for Tony Gibson's young defense, as Kenny Hill has been terrific at quarterback for the Frogs.

5. Texas (8): The Longhorns can't run the ball, and the offensive line without Connor Williams is a mess. But led by DeShon Elliott and Malik Jefferson, the defense is starting to look legit, despite the disastrous Week 1 showing.

6. Texas Tech (5): Texas Tech hung tough against Oklahoma State but couldn't overcome being outgained 597 yards to 384. Even in a loss, Tech can take a lot out of this game. If the Red Raiders play the rest of the way like they have the first month of the season, they'll be bowling.

7. Kansas State (6): The Wildcats have been underwhelming so far, but they'll have a chance to redeem themselves in the next three weeks, with Texas, TCU and Oklahoma all up next.

8. Iowa State (7): After a solid three-game start, Cyclones quarterback Jacob Park struggled against Texas, throwing three interceptions while looking jittery for most of the night. Iowa State has always had problems finding long-term solutions at QB. Parks' performance probably gave many Iowa State fans flashbacks.

9. Baylor (9): Once again, Baylor took a quality opponent to the fourth quarter. The Bears are gradually getting better. They're also 0-5 for the first time since 1978.

10. Kansas (10): The Jayhawks have traditionally played this week's opponent, Texas Tech, well. They'll be catching the Red Raiders in Lawrence off an emotional loss, too.

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