Big 12 rankings, Week 14: Cowboy Up


Oklahoma State throttled Oklahoma, but was it enough to sway the voters and computers?

Oklahoma State ended years of frustration against Oklahoma in Bedlam, demolishing its rival in a statement game that may vault the Cowboys into the national championship tilt. Even Nick Saban agrees … in 2003, the then-LSU coach said no team that didn’t win its conference should play for a national title. His Alabama team didn’t even win its division this season and may play for it all.

1. OKLAHOMA STATE (11-1, 8-1) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Oklahoma 44-10 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: We heard you loud and clear, Cowboys. Now, tell us again how in the world you lost to Iowa State?

2. OKLAHOMA (9-3, 6-3) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Oklahoma State 44-10 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: Isn’t it about time we drop that “Big Game Bob” garbage? He seems to be taking a lot of beatings lately in games that matter.

3. KANSAS STATE (10-2, 7-2) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Iowa State 30-23 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: Ho hum, another week, another close win. Why do I have the Wildcats below Oklahoma, you ask? Because they lost by six touchdowns to OU on their home field. Nonetheless, great season.

4. BAYLOR (9-3, 6-3) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Texas 48-24 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: Memo to Kansas City GM Scott Pioli: You might want to draft Robert Griffin III. The Bears beat Oklahoma and Texas this season. Not long ago, that seemed impossible.

5. MISSOURI (7-5, 5-4) | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: The Big 12 has worked the Tigers over in three of the last four bowls. Now that Mizzou is going to the SEC, will the conference do it again?

6. TEXAS (7-5, 4-5) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Baylor 48-24 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: How does a school with the recruiting base Texas has not have a decent quarterback?

7. TEXAS A&M (6-6, 4-5) | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: New conference, and now a new coach. Mike Sherman looked in over his head from the beginning.

8. IOWA STATE (6-6, 3-6) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Kansas State 30-23 | NEXT: Bowl

THE RUB: The Cyclones had their chances Saturday and nearly ended up with wins over two of the top three teams in the league.

9. TEXAS TECH (5-7, 2-7) | LAST WEEK: Season over

THE RUB: How much longer before Sonny Dykes takes over for Tommy Tuberville?

10. KANSAS (2-10, 0-9) | LAST WEEK: Season over

THE RUB: The Jayhawks are running out of coaching options. I expect a call any day.


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