Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 5

Still a heck of a weekend for the Big 12, which has lost just two nonconference games so far. There's an interesting showdown with the SEC this weekend for the first and only time all season until the Cotton Bowl (or national championship?). Here's where the Big 12 sits for now.

1. Oklahoma (3-0, last week: 1): The Sooners didn't look as bad as they say they did. Oklahoma wasn't great, but the excellence of LSU and Alabama might make it seem true. Sooners get the equivalent of a bye week next week against Ball State at home before Red River on Oct. 8.

2. Oklahoma State (4-0, LW: 2): Oklahoma State got one of the biggest wins in school history, and this year's team looks every bit as good as last year's if not better. OSU has emerged as the chief contender to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title race, but for now, some well-deserved time off with a bye week.

3. Texas A&M (2-1, LW: 3): The Aggies let the inside track to a Big 12 title get away from them in the second half, but this is still a good team. The line between the Aggies and Baylor is wider than it looks on this week's polls, but they'll settle it on the field on Oct. 15.

4. Baylor (3-0, LW: 4): Robert Griffin III has been unbelievable and now has Baylor in the top 15. Yes, nobody cares that the Bears beat Rice. But when you do it with the kind of efficiency Griffin is doing it, people take notice. If he's not on your Heisman ballot right now, you're not paying attention.

5. Texas (3-0, LW: 5): Texas' trip to Ames on Saturday is suddenly huge. The crowd at Jack Trice should be an all-timer, but this will be another tough test for a very young team. Both teams' seasons may hinge on this game, as odd as that is to say.

6. Kansas State (3-0, LW: 9): Kansas State is our biggest jumper this week. The difference between them and Iowa State is razor-thin and will be decided on the field. For now, though, the defense looks solid and Saturday's road win over Miami is better than anything Iowa State has done.

7. Iowa State (3-0, LW: 7): Iowa State has to start better against Texas than it did in its first two games this week. Texas' running game can wear down the Cyclones' defensive line, but the Legend of Steele Jantz will grow if Iowa State beats Texas in two consecutive years after having no wins in school history before last year.

8. Missouri (2-2, LW: 6): Missouri is probably better than this, but 2-2 is 2-2, even if both losses are on the road to ranked teams. The fact is, the Big 12 is incredibly deep this year, and has just two nonconference losses. The Tigers will try to get the train rolling again now that the schedule eases up a bit.

9. Texas Tech (3-0, LW: 8): Tech struggled to beat an underwhelming Nevada team, which doesn't bode well for their future in conference play. Losing Darrin Moore is major cause for concern, but Texas Tech is still undefeated, and should be favored on the road against Kansas next week.

10. Kansas (2-1, LW: 9): There's no excuse for getting 60 points hung on you, but Georgia Tech is looking good. Kansas is much better than it was last year, but we'll see how easily the Jayhawks flushed the embarrassing loss to the Yellowjackets when they host Texas Tech next week.