With the Big 12 regular season concluding and with me being completely devastated by Saturday’s Bedlam game, I’m making this the final Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll of the year. It’s just too painful to go on.
1. Kansas (3-9, lost to Missouri 35-7): A couple weeks after Nebraska held the Jayhawks to a measly 87 total yards of offense and 3 points, Missouri locked Kansas down for an only-slightly-better 141 yards and 7 points. When you’re Kansas Jayhawks Football 2010, you gotta like that kind of improvement.
2. Texas (5-7, lost to Texas A&M 24-17): With their bowl eligibility on the line, the home crowd behind them, and their hated in-state rival on the other side of the field, the Longhorns… looked pretty much like they did all year.
3. Colorado (5-7, lost to Nebraska 45-17): The Buffaloes salvaged an ounce of pride by winning two of their final three games, but the historic loss the Kansas haunts them.
4. Iowa State (5-7, idle): Things looked so promising for the scrappy Cyclones at 5-4. Nothing a three-game losing streak couldn’t cure.
5. Texas Tech (7-5, beat Houston 35-20): Going from an 11-win season and a share of the Big 12 South crown in 2008 to a fifth-place finish in the south this year is most definitely a big disappointment.
6. Kansas State (7-5, beat North Texas 49-41): Pulling out a nail biter against the Mean Green isn’t necessarily the best way to build confidence for your bowl game.
7. Baylor (7-5, idle): The Bears season came off the tracks a little at the end thanks to the two Oklahoma schools, but a 4-4 conference record is really pretty huge for this program, historically speaking.
8. Missouri (10-2, beat Kansas 35-7): The Tigers quietly make it to 10-2, although somehow with a lot less fanfare than OSU, OU or Nebraska. They’re probably kicking themselves for the loss to a very average Texas Tech team, which in the end kept them out of the Big 12 title game.
9. Oklahoma State (10-2, lost to Oklahoma 47-41): How do you go from riding a wave of football ecstasy to feeling like you had the worst season ever in one night?
10. Nebraska (10-2, beat Colorado 45-17): Nebraska bounced back into form with Friday’s rout, but it was against a Colorado team that now stands at 5-7. Things won’t come so easy in the Big 12 title game.
11. Texas A&M (9-3, beat Texas 24-17): Texas A&M is hot after winning six in a row to close the season. Is it safe to say Jerrod Johnson’s errant heaves against OSU cost the Aggies the south division crown?
12. Oklahoma (10-2, beat Oklahoma State 47-41): I’m pretty sure if OSU and OU played 100 times, that OU would only win once, and that just happened to be Saturday night. That’s a true statement right there. And there’s no way OU’s defense or third-down proficiency had anything to do with the outcome.