The updated Big 12 Power Rankings following Week 10:
1. Oklahoma State (previous ranking: 3): Quite simply, Oklahoma State has the best win in the Big 12. Thus, the Cowboys sit atop the power rankings after a 49-29 win over a TCU team that had won 16 straight games. Mike Gundy’s team looked solid and got strong showings from its offense and defense, and the Cowboys removed doubts about their contender status. With Oklahoma and Baylor still set to visit Stillwater, the road to a Big 12 title goes through Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma State faces a potential trap game with their last road game of the season Saturday at Iowa State.
2. Baylor (2): Baylor didn’t do anything to deserve to get jumped, but they simply don’t have a win that can compare with the Cowboys’ 20-point triumph over the nation’s No. 8 team. Jarrett Stidham erased any unease at quarterback with a stellar debut as a starter, with 419 passing yards and four total touchdowns in a 31-24 win at Kansas State. Oklahoma (and GameDay) come to Waco on Saturday, which gives Baylor a prime opportunity to secure a quality win and silence doubters.
3. Oklahoma (4): No team in the Big 12 is playing better than Oklahoma. The Sooners are averaging 58 points per game, 4.09 points per drive and 8.14 yards per play, while the defense is allowing 12.5 points per game, 0.89 points per drive and 3.79 yards per play since losing to Texas on Oct. 10. With Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU the remaining teams on Oklahoma’s schedule, the Sooners have plenty of chances to prove their worth as a College Football Playoff-contender. They hold their Big 12 destiny in their hands.
4. TCU (1): It’s hard to imagine Saturday going much worse for Gary Patterson’s team. Quarterback Trevone Boykin watched his Heisman hopes fade away after a four-interception performance, and receiver Josh Doctson suffered a wrist injury -- his status remains unclear -- in a 49-29 loss to Oklahoma State. However, Oklahoma and Baylor remain on the schedule, with Kansas next weekend providing an opportunity to get some confidence back. It was a disappointing loss, but it's still one loss, with the Big 12’s best still to play each other in the remaining weeks. It’s not time to count TCU completely out of the Big 12 title race.
5. West Virginia (6): The Mountaineers got things back on track with a 31-26 triumph over Texas Tech. Four straight losses to start Big 12 play could have lingered into November, but Dana Holgorsen’s team rode Rushel Shell (111 rushing yards) and Wendell Smallwood (163 rushing yards) to its first Big 12 win of the season. The win over Tech means West Virginia looks like the favorite to join the top four in the top half of the final Big 12 standings, with Texas, Kansas, Iowa State and Kansas State its final four games.
6. Texas Tech (5): Kliff Kingsbury’s team is 2-5 since its 35-24 win at Arkansas on Sept. 19, with wins over Kansas and Iowa State. Bowl eligibility is in real jeopardy, with the Red Raiders at 5-5 with Texas and Kansas State as their final two games. Saturday’s home tilt with the Wildcats will be Tech’s 11th straight game without a bye.
7. Iowa State (7): The Cyclones were pulled back to earth by a 52-16 shellacking at the hands of Oklahoma. Their momentum from the win over Texas did not follow them to Norman, but the Cyclones can still finish strong with Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State as their final three games. Getting Mike Warren back on track could be the key, as his 43 rushing yards against Oklahoma were his lowest rushing output in conference play.
8. Texas (8): An opportunistic defense, which forced four turnovers and recorded six sacks, sparked Charlie Strong’s team to a 59-20 win over Kansas, but angst remains the norm in Austin. The Longhorns have been incredibly inconsistent, but a bowl remains a possibility if Texas can win two of its last three games against West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor. The Longhorns' trip to Morgantown, West Virginia, this weekend could decide their bowl fate.
9. Kansas State (9): Even though it was a 31-24 loss, the Wildcats' showing against Baylor makes it easy to believe Bill Snyder’s team could finish strong, despite an 0-5 start to conference play. K-State travels to Texas Tech on Nov. 14, which could be its toughest remaining game, so a six-win season could still be within reach with Iowa State, Kansas and West Virginia rounding out the remaining schedule.
10. Kansas (10): David Beaty’s team remains winless, and things aren’t looking good for a Jayhawks squad still searching for win No. 1 under the former Texas A&M assistant. The good news is true freshman quarterback Ryan Willis is getting valuable experience that could pay off in 2016. Next up for Kansas is a TCU squad sure to be in a nasty mood after its devastating loss to Oklahoma State.