Week Four Power Rankings


Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine (32) carries during an NCAA college football game between Louisiana Monroe and Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
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  • 1: Baylor (4-0)
  • The Baylor defense stepped up and forced four turnovers against Oklahoma State, helping the Bears pull out a 35-24 victory. Senior quarterback Seth Russell had another impressive outing, throwing for four touchdowns and 387 yards. With upcoming games against Iowa State and Kansas, the Bears have a great chance to get through the first half of their schedule undefeated. 
  • 2: West Virginia (3-0)
  • For the second straight season, the Mountaineers will go into Big 12 play with an undefeated record. The team was almost upended by BYU on Saturday, but a clutch interception in the closing minutes by senior cornerback Maurice Fleming helped preserve a 35-32 victory.
  • 3: Texas (2-1)
  • The Longhorns are coming off of a bye after dropping a 50-43 shootout at California. The team travels to Stillwater this weekend to take on Oklahoma State.
  • 4: TCU (3-1)
  • The Horned Frogs put forth their most complete effort of the season, stifling SMU in a 33-3 win. Junior quarterback Kenny Hill had another 400 yard game, and has already amassed more than 1,500 passing yards. The defense has shown signs of improvement, a trend that bodes well for a team that has had its share of defensive struggles. 
  • 5: Oklahoma (1-2)
  • With two losses during nonconference play, the Sooners were all but eliminated from playoff contention. Oklahoma still has the talent to compete for a second consecutive Big 12 championship, and will look to start conference play on the right track when they face TCU this weekend. 
  • 6: Oklahoma State (2-2)
  • The Cowboys were unable to overcome costly mistakes against Baylor on Saturday and suffered their second loss of the season. The team amassed nearly 500 yards of total offense but turned the ball over four times, including a fumble on Baylor’s one yard line. The Cowboys could easily be 4-0 right now, and will still be major players in the conference. 
  • 7: Kansas State (2-1)
  • Lightning was the only thing that could stop the Wildcats on Saturday. Kansas State beat Missouri State 35-0 in a game that was cancelled at halftime due to lightning flashes and heavy rain. Junior quarterback Jesse Ertz was nearly flawless, throwing for 94 yards on seven of eight passing, while adding 85 yards on the ground. 
  • 8: Texas Tech (2-1)
  • The Red Raiders continue to put points on the board with ease. Texas Tech toppled Louisiana Tech 59-45, and junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes recorded his third consecutive game with over 450 yards and four touchdowns. The defense however, continued to struggle, surrendering almost 600 total yards.
  • 9: Iowa State (1-3)
  • The Cyclones notched their first win of the season this past weekend, beating San Jose State 44-10. Iowa State might not record another win for awhile, as their upcoming schedule includes a home game against Baylor and away contests at Oklahoma State and Texas.
  • 10: Kansas (1-2)
  • The Jayhawks had a bye this past week and will travel to Texas Tech this weekend. After a win against Rhode Island to open their season, the Jayhawks have been outscored 80-28 and have turned the ball over nine times.