Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Big 12 Football Power Rankings

The Texas Longhorns are currently in first place by virtue of a tie breaker over the Oklahoma Sooners. However, the Sooners are the top team in the power-rankings thanks to their current six game winning streak.

With Texas A&M playing at Texas and Oklahoma playing at Oklahoma State the Big 12 South title is still up for grabs. The Longhorns just have to win while the Sooners need help from the Aggies and a win over Oklahoma State. It will be interesting to see who is where after the dust settles this weekend.

1. Oklahoma 9-2, 6-1 – Owning the longest winning streak in the conference has propelled the Sooners to the top of the rankings and has left them there. Potentially Dangerous Games: November 25th at Oklahoma State. Last Week’s Ranking #1

2. Texas 9-2, 6-1 – Texas had the weekend off allowing Colt McCoy to heal and giving Mack Brown extra time to prepare the troops for the Aggies. Potentially Dangerous Games: November 24 Texas A&M. Last Week’s Ranking #2

3. Nebraska 8-3, 5-2 – The Huskers finish up the regular season at home against Colorado before taking on Texas or Oklahoma for the conference championship. Potentially Dangerous Games: None! Last Week’s Ranking #3

4. Texas Tech 7-5, 4-4 - .500 in conference isn’t really what the fans in Lubbick were hoping for but is is respectable considering they were playing with a young first year quarterback. Potentially Dangerous Games: Bowl Game. Last Week’s Ranking #7

5. Texas A&M 8-3, 4-3 – Franchione had to deal with a lot of talk and a lot of heat over the off-week. If the Aggies lose to the Longhorns on Friday the pressure and will increase greatly. Potentially Dangerous Games: November 24th at Texas. Last Week’s Ranking #8

6. Kansas 6-5, 3-4 – The Jayhawks are the turnaround team of the conference. A three game winning streak has the Jayhawks bowl eligible but like Oklahoma State, Kansas has to win their final game to lock-in a bowl bid.
Potentially Dangerous Games: November 25 at Missouri. Last Week’s Ranking # 9

7. Missouri 7-4, 3-4 – What happened to the Tigers? Their hype machine just died after they got into conference play. I know they were victims of a horrible holding call late against the Cyclones but dang! Potentially Dangerous Games: November 25th Kansas. Last Week's Ranking #5

8. Kansas State 7-5, 4-4 – The Wildcats finished up their biggest win of the season with a loss to in-state rival Kansas. Not the way you would like to see it go down if you are a Wildcats fan. Potentially Dangerous Games: Bowl Game. Last Week’s Ranking #4

9. Oklahoma State 6-5, 3-4 – The Cowboys started out like gang busters against Texas Tech but then seemed to lull themselves to sleep allowing the Red Raiders to outscore them 30-7 over the last two and a half quarters.

If they lose to Oklahoma on Saturday then the Cowboys could actually find themselves staying home during the bowl season. Potentially Dangerous Games: Oklahoma November 25th. Last Week’s Ranking #6

10. Colorado 2-9, 2-5 – After a week off the Buffaloes play Nebraska on Friday in what will be their bowl game. Potentially Dangerous Games: November 24th at Nebraska. Last Week’s Ranking #10

11. Iowa State 4-8, 1-7 – The Cyclones ended their season and Dan McCarney’s tenure as head coach with an upset win over the Missouri Tigers thanks to a blown call by the officials. Hey, when you’ve had the season that Iowa State has had you’ll take whatever help you can get. is a lame duck coach and you get the feeling that the Cyclones are just going through the motions in order to get the season over. Potentially Dangerous Games: Season is over. Last Week’s Ranking #12

12. Baylor 4-8, 3-5 – Oklahoma tried to gift wrap points for the Bears all afternoon. Unfortunately Baylor could only take advantage twice for 10 points. Potentially Dangerous Games: Season is over. Last Week’s Ranking #11

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