1. Kansas (2-4, last week — lost to Oklahoma 44-17): Kansas unleashed its devastating fake-botched-fourth-down-option-pitch-for-touchdown play against OU. Alas, it was not enough.
2. Iowa State (3-3, last week — lost to Missouri 52-17): Iowa State isn’t on Kansas’ level of bad, but this three-game losing streak does not look good and doesn’t look to get a lot better.
3. Texas Tech (4-2, last week — lost to Kansas State 41-34): Tech’s record against cupcakes: 4-0. Record against everyone else: 0-2.
4. Texas (4-2, last week — lost to Oklahoma State 38-26): Longhorns need to establish a legitimate deep threat passing game if they’re going to compete in the Big 12 this year.
5. Missouri (3-3, last week — beat Iowa State 52-17): Missouri is awful close to being 5-1 at this point, and then even the one loss was a good effort at Norman.
6. Baylor (4-2, last week — lost to Texas A&M 55-28): New season, same old story at Baylor. Defense optional.
7. Texas A&M (4-2, last week — beat Baylor 55-28): What happened to A&M in the second halves against OSU and Arkansas? Imposters took over at the half? Coaches let the players call the game?
8. Kansas State (6-0, last week — beat Texas Tech 41-34): Kansas State still has to play OSU, OU, Texas and Texas A&M, and it’s quite possible they could end up losing all of those games. It’s also quite possible they could win three or four of those. Nobody knows. To me, this is still a mystery team at this point. But you can’t argue with 6-0.
9. Oklahoma State (6-0, last week — beat Texas 38-26): Seriously, what’s with the hate for Oklahoma State? They didn’t play that well against Texas, everyone agrees, yet still won by 12 on the road against one of the marquee programs in college football. That somehow spawned at least one national column saying OSU is not a legitimate contender and at least one national column that essentially said Mike Gundy is a total failure in life and OSU shouldn’t even consider winning the title this year because they’re a bunch of chokers. I’d hate to see what everyone would have wrote if OSU actually lost the game on Saturday.
10. Oklahoma (6-0, last week — beat Kansas 47-17): The Sooner overcame a sluggish — OK, extremely sluggish — first half to put the Jayhawks away. The lesson: OU’s defensive line can be pretty dominating when it wants to be.