Big 12 power rankings after Week 9 action

Through nine weeks of play, the frontrunner for the Big 12 title is clear after the TCU Horned Frogs remained undefeated in their victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Even if it was just West Virginia, this is the same team that blew the Baylor Bears by 43 points two weeks ago before falling to Texas Tech last week.

While TCU stayed the course, Oklahoma State was crushed by Kansas State, which bounced back nicely from its first Big 12 loss a week ago to TCU. Will Howard was in complete control and the Wildcats defense played its best game of the season, shutting out Spencer Sanders and the explosive Oklahoma State offense.

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The Big 12 has been a fun league through the first nine weeks of the season, and the final stretch will provide plenty of drama for the conference on the road to Arlington. Let’s take a look at this week’s Big 12 power rankings.

October 29, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Kendre Miller (33) runs for a touchdown during the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Previous order: 1

This week: Beat West Virginia 41-31

And the points keep rolling in for TCU. Max Duggan was once again phenomenal, throwing for 341 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Horned Frogs. Kendre Miller had another big day, passing for 120 yards and a touchdown. TCU makes a case for the College Football Playoff while Max Duggan makes a case for the Heisman.

Next week: vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

October 29, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (18) fumbles during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 3rd

This week: Beat Oklahoma State 48-0

Adrian Martinez came through the warm up, but it was the Will Howard show for the Kansas State Wildcats tonight and he stole the show. Howard was 21 of 37 for 296 yards and four touchdowns, his second four-touchdown performance in as many weeks. Deuce Vaughn continues to emerge as one of the top running backs in the nation after another big day, rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown and catching four passes for 18 yards for another score.

The biggest difference this week was the play of the defense. They held Oklahoma State to 5 of 15 on third down and 1 of 4 on fourth down and just 217 total yards.

Next week: vs. Texas Longhorns

October 29, 2022; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) is sacked by Kansas State Wildcats defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah (91) during the fourth quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 2nd

This week: lost to Kansas State 48-0

What on earth was that? Had they not beaten Texas last week, the Oklahoma State Cowboys would have fallen much further than three after totaling just 217 yards against a Kansas State defense that allowed 374.6 yards per game, which was 56th in the nation coming in.

Next week: at Kansas Jayhawks

October 15, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) calls a play from scrimmage during the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 4th

This week: Hello

Can Texas bounce back from a loss to Oklahoma State before the bye?

Next week: at Kansas State

October 29, 2022; Lubbock, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Shapen (12) passes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium and Cody Campbell Field. Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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This week: beat Texas Tech 45-17

In their last six games, the Baylor Bears have gone 4-2 and combined a two-game losing streak with multiple two-game winning streaks. This was an impressive win over Texas Tech last night in Lubbock. Richard Reese led the way for a Baylor offensive attack that has found its stride lately. Reese ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Baylor will look to keep their winning streak alive when they hit the road against Oklahoma.

Next week: at Oklahoma Sooners

AMES, IA – OCTOBER 29: Wide receiver Jalil Farooq #3 of the Oklahoma Sooners is tackled by defensive end Joey Petersen #52 and defensive back Jeremiah Cooper #19 of the Iowa State Cyclones as he rushes for yards in the first half of the game. at Jack Trice Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo: David Purdy/Getty Images)

Previous ranking: 7th

This Week: Defeat Iowa State Cyclones 27-13

Two straight wins and another sign that the defense is turning away the Oklahoma Sooners. They held the Cyclones to just 66 yards and hit Hunter Dekkers three times for the win. There’s still a lot of season left and room for improvement, but things are looking up for Oklahoma.

Next week: vs. Baylor Bears

LUBBOCK, TEXAS – OCTOBER 29: An airplane flies over Jones AT&T Stadium during the national anthem before the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Baylor Bears on October 29, 2022 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Previous ranking: 6th

This week: They lost to Baylor 45-17

The highlight of the game for Texas Tech was the presence of Patrick Mahomes. Unfortunately, Baylor’s defense reverted back to the Mahomes-era defense in Lubbock, struggling to stop Richard Reese and the Bears’ rushing attack. Sadly for the Red Raiders, Mahomes couldn’t suit up to help their offense keep up.

Next week: at TCU Horned Frogs

October 22, 2022; Waco, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Devin Neal (4) scores a touchdown against the Baylor Bears in the second half at McLane Stadium. Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 8th

This week: Hello

A chance to regroup during a bye after three straight losses could be just what the doctor ordered for Lance Leipold and his crew as they prepare to welcome an Oklahoma State team hungry to erase a 48-0 loss to Kansas State. Will this trip to Kansas play out differently?

Next week: vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

October 29, 2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; The West Virginia Mountaineers mascot leads the team on the Man Trip as they arrive before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskár Stadium. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Previous ranking: 9th

This Week: Lost to TCU 41-31

West Virginia can only score in Morgantown, it seems. They’ve averaged 36 points in their last two home games, one over Baylor, but their 31 points Saturday weren’t enough to beat the undefeated Horned Frogs.

Next week: Bye week

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