1. Kansas (2-5, lost to Texas A&M 45-10): On the bright side, 10 points is a high for points scored in a conference game this year.
2. Colorado (3-4, lost to Texas Tech 27-24): The Buffs slow and painful exit from the Big 12 continues.
3. Texas A&M (4-3, beat Kansas 45-10): A win over the Kansas University Community College football program provides little opportunity for A&M to climb in these rankings.
4. Kansas State (5-2, lost to Baylor 47-42): Kansas State only has two losses, but man did they give up a ton of points in both. Against Nebraska? That happens. Against Baylor? That’s a little more problematic.
5. Texas (4-3, lost to Iowa State 28-21): What in the name of burnt orange is going on here? Losing to UCLA at home was bad; losing at home to Iowa State is inexcusable.
6. Iowa State (4-4, beat Texas 28-21): That’s right. I ranked Iowa State less lacking in power than Texas. I mean, how bad does Texas have to play before people start dropping them in their conference rankings? Well, Saturday was bad enough for me.
7. Baylor (6-2, beat Kansas State 47-42): Fine. I’ll give Baylor some credit. They’re bowl eligible. Way to go, guys. Did I mention that three of their last four games are: on the road at a seriously pissed Texas, at Oklahoma State and vs. OU?
8. Texas Tech (4-3, beat Colorado 27-24): I gave Texas Tech the edge over Baylor based on the head-to-head win and Tech winning a conference road game on Saturday. Either, way, there’s not a lot separating these teams — and Texas Tech has had the misfortune of already playing Texas and OSU.
9. Oklahoma State (6-1, lost to Nebraska 51-41): Give OSU’s offense credit: They had a few unfortunate three-and-outs, but still, scoring 41 against a team that hadn’t allowed more than 21 all year was pretty good. Too bad the defense made Taylor Martinez look like a golden-armed Johnny Unitas.
10. Nebraska (6-1, beat Oklahoma State 51-41): Give the Huskers credit: OSU dared them to pass, and pass they did. Quite well, actually.
11. Oklahoma (6-1, lost to Missouri 36-27): I just spoke to an OU fan who told me Bob Stoops was a terrible coach (“They should bring back Barry Switzer”) and Demarco Murray hasn’t proven anything (“That Finch kid should be out there a lot more”). Clearly OU fans are not bitter about that loss.
12. Missouri (7-0, beat Oklahoma 36-27): Gotta hand it to the conference’s lone unbeaten team — the Tigers got a huge win Saturday and hold the keys to a date with a BCS game.