Here are the updated Big 12 Power Rankings following Week 11:
1. Oklahoma State (previous ranking: 1): Are we sure they're Cowboys and not cats? Oklahoma State used up another life to survive and advance in Ames, Iowa. The Cowboys' 35-31 win over Iowa State means they're 10-0 with their final two regular-season games at home. Oklahoma State continues to find a way and now stands as the only unbeaten Big 12 team midway through November, after the season began with many expecting Baylor and TCU to dominate the conference. Baylor visits Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, which offers Mike Gundy's team another chance to impress the College Football Playoff committee.
2. Oklahoma (3): Last week we said, "No team in the Big 12 is playing better than Oklahoma." The Sooners proved it by going to McLane Stadium and handing Baylor its first loss at the stadium on the Brazos River. Oklahoma's offense showed the balance it lacked a year ago (241 rushing yards, 270 passing yards), while defensive coordinator Mike Stoops got redemption for last year's embarrassing showing against Baylor by holding the Bears' offense to 416 total yards and 5.9 yards per play while forcing five three-and-outs. After its 44-34 victory, Oklahoma is very much in the Big 12 title race and could be eyeing a College Football Playoff spot if the national landscape falls just right for Bob Stoops' team. It's difficult to believe this is the same team that lost to Texas.
3. Baylor (2): The Bears, quite simply, were beaten by a better team when the Sooners handed Baylor its first loss of the season. Baylor's running game struggled for the second straight week and rushed for 159 yards on 44 carries. The Bears' 262 combined rushing yards against Oklahoma and Kansas State in the past two weeks are fewer than the team's 308.8 per game average in 2015. Baylor's Big 12 title hopes are not down the drain, but a playoff spot is now a dream scenario, and Art Briles team will need help to win its third straight Big 12 title.
4. TCU (4): The Horned Frogs' "next man up" mentality has been tested in several ways this season, with quarterback Trevone Boykin's ankle injury the latest test. TCU used three quarterbacks in its 23-17 win over Kansas and leaned on running back Aaron Green and a solid defensive showing to survive. TCU's Big 12 title hopes remain intact, but the Horned Frogs will need help from Baylor or Oklahoma and a healthy Boykin under center throwing to a healthy Josh Doctson on the outside to get back into the mix.
5. West Virginia (5): The Mountaineers look like a good team that simply wasn't good enough to knock off the Big 12's best. West Virginia has rebounded from a winless October to knock off Texas and Texas Tech in back-to-back home games, which puts the Mountaineers within one game of bowl eligibility with Kansas, Iowa State and Kansas State remaining on the schedule. An 8-4 record is a legit possibility for Dana Holgorsen's team.
6. Texas Tech (6): That road win over Arkansas looks a little better now, right? Kliff Kingsbury's team has taken a roller coaster ride en route to a 6-5 record. The Red Raiders are clearly better than they were in 2014, after cementing bowl eligibility with a 59-44 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The Red Raiders just finished a stretch of 11 consecutive games to start the season and now have a bye week before facing Texas on Thanksgiving.
7. Iowa State (7): The Cyclones almost did it again. They just missed an upset of unbeaten Oklahoma State to match their 2011 triumph over the Cowboys. Iowa State has really improved since Joel Lanning took over under center and Todd Sturdy replaced Mark Mangino as offensive coordinator. The Cyclones pushed Oklahoma State (35-31) to the brink Saturday and knocked off Texas (24-0) on Oct. 31. Even so, the goal of six wins and a bowl game is out of reach for Paul Rhoads' squad.
8. Texas (8): The Longhorns couldn't stop shooting themselves in the foot in a 38-20 setback at West Virginia. Texas' five turnovers were a season high and one more than its four turnovers in its other five Big 12 games combined. Charlie Strong's team needs wins over Baylor and Texas Tech to finish .500 and gain bowl eligibility.
9. Kansas State (9): Things have gotten bleak in Manhattan, Kansas, with the Wildcats suffering their sixth conference loss and joining Kansas as the lone Big 12 teams without a conference win. For the first time since 2008, Kansas State has six conference losses, and with a record of 3-6 overall, its bowl hopes are on life support.
10. Kansas (10): The Jayhawks continue to show up and battle, despite setback after setback in David Beaty's first season. It would have been easy to mail in the rest of the season after a winless first two months, but the Jayhawks had TCU on its heels before eventually suffering a 23-17 loss. No wins yet, but a foundation for the future is being laid in Beaty's first season.