Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer 12d

Big 12 Week 10 power rankings: Oklahoma back on top



Our Big 12 Week 10 power rankings (previous rankings in parentheses):

1. Oklahoma (2): The Sooners are back in the driver's seat in the Big 12 title race after a big 62-52 victory over Oklahoma State in Bedlam. They now sit tied with TCU atop the league at 5-1 in conference play. Oklahoma hosts the Horned Frogs in Week 11 in a crucial game for both squads. The Bedlam win also helped Oklahoma's College Football Playoff hopes (the Sooners are currently ranked fifth).

2. TCU (3): The Horned Frogs rebounded from their loss at Iowa State with a 24-7 home win over Texas. They once again control their own destiny as one of only two teams in the league with one conference loss. Win out, and they're in the conference title game. They should still be in playoff contention, having entered Saturday at No. 8 and seen both teams immediately above them, Ohio State and Penn State, lose. A win over Oklahoma would certainly boost TCU's chances.

3. Oklahoma State (4): The Cowboys' playoff hopes and probably their Big 12 title hopes came crashing down in their loss to Oklahoma on Saturday in Bedlam. Their only two conference losses are to the two teams ahead of them in the standings -- Oklahoma and TCU -- which makes their primary goals that much more unlikely.

4. West Virginia (5): A big win for the Mountaineers came Saturday, as they toppled No. 15 Iowa State 20-16 in Morgantown, with a respectable defensive effort (350 yards allowed) included. A Big 12 title-game berth still seems unlikely but not impossible: West Virginia sits in a three-way tie at 4-2 in league play behind Oklahoma and TCU, which are 5-1.

5. Iowa State (1): The Cyclones saw a four-game win streak end at West Virginia, a loss that struck a significant blow to their Big 12 championship game hopes. At 4-2 in the conference, they'll need help down the stretch and must score some key victories, starting with a big game against Oklahoma State in Week 11.

6. Texas (6): The Longhorns have now lost three of their past four (all to ranked Big 12 teams) and dropped below .500 overall after their loss to TCU. The defense continues to play well, but in recent losses to Oklahoma State and TCU, Texas generated only 17 total points. A bowl game is still in reach but not guaranteed with Kansas, West Virginia and Texas Tech left on the schedule.

7. Kansas State (7): The Wildcats pulled out a hard-fought 42-35 win in overtime on the road at Texas Tech. It was one that required Kansas State to turn to its third quarterback, redshirt freshman Skylar Thompson, in the second half after Alex Delton was injured. Thompson showed why some are excited about him, as he led three late scoring drives to lift the Wildcats to victory.

8. Texas Tech (8): After a 4-1 start, the Red Raiders have lost four in a row and are under .500, with the latest defeat coming in overtime at home to Kansas State. If they don't win two of their final three (Baylor, TCU and a road game at Texas remain), they'll finish under .500 for the third time in four seasons, which doesn't bode well for coach Kliff Kingsbury.

9. Baylor (9): The Bears notched their first win of the season 38-9 over Kansas. It was a long time coming for Matt Rhule's crew, which flirted with victory on several other occasions. With a struggling Texas Tech team upcoming, could Baylor string together two in a row?

10. Kansas (10): A week after hanging tough against Kansas State, the Jayhawks were blown out by Baylor. It was likely the team's best shot at a victory in conference play unless Kansas can find a way to repeat its 2016 fortunes at Texas on Saturday. That currently seems unlikely.

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