From: The Ghost of Al Davis
Message: Just win, baby!
Now on to the weekly Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll.
1. Kansas (2-5, last week — lost to Kansas State 59-21): Kansas has lost five straight and has allowed at least 45 points in all those games — in addition to allowing 42 points in its last win — including 59 or more in three of those losses. During that five-game losing streak, Kansas’ average points allowed is 57.4 points. Yikes.
2. Iowa State (3-4, last week — lost to Texas A&M 33-17): While 33-17 is generally a respectable score, Iowa State is now 0-4 in conference. With games against OU, OSU and Kansas State remaining, a bowl game for the Cyclones is pretty much right out of the question.
3. Missouri (3-4, last week — lost to Oklahoma State 45-24): The rallying cry for Missouri this year has been that they are better than their record. At some point, you’re only as good as your record, and I think we’re getting awfully close to that point — if we haven’t arrived there already.
4. Texas (4-2, last week — bye): So this is what it feels like or Texas to be largely irrelevant on the national football scene.
5. Baylor (4-2, last week — bye): It seems pretty clear that Baylor’s woeful defense will be severely tested by Oklahoma State this weekend. I’m thinking we’ll see a 60-35 type of score.
6. Texas Tech (5-2, last week — beat Oklahoma 41-38): For however poorly OU played, and however well Tech played, the Red Raiders were essentially gifted a win by OU’s kicking game. Still, I can’t scoff too much at a road conference win. You take ‘em any way you can get ‘em.
7. Texas A&M (5-2, last week — beat Iowa State 33-17): A&M has bounced back with three straight wins after the OSU and Arkansas debacles. Maybe in the SEC they can get Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Mississippi in consecutive weeks so they can have a three-game win streak there as well.
8. Oklahoma (6-1, last week — lost to Texas Tech 41-38): Has anyone told Gabe Lynn that the game was not canceled due to the rain delay?
9. Kansas State (7-0, last week — beat Kansas 59-21): The Wildcats next four games? Oklahoma, at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and at Texas. I would argue we don’t really know that much about Kansas State, but we’re about to find something out.
10. Oklahoma State (7-0, last week — beat Missouri 45-24): Welcome aboard the OSU bandwagon. There’s plenty of unused seats available, but they may go fast.