Big 12 power rankings: Week 5

Shane Lewis

Baylor (5-0)
The Bears rallied to beat Iowa State 45-42 on Saturday, scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.  Senior running back Shock Linwood had a monster game, rushing for 237 yards in a contest in which Baylor amassed a whopping 469 yards on the ground. The Bears now enter a soft spot in their schedule, with two byes and a matchup against Kansas in the upcoming weeks.

West Virginia (4-0)
The Mountaineers erased a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to stun Kansas State 17-16. West Virginia is playing some of the best defensive football in the Big 12, and is emerging as a serious contender for the conference title. However, that defense will be put to the test with a matchup against high-scoring Texas Tech next weekend.

Oklahoma (2-2)
In one of the best games of the week, the Sooners held off a furious TCU rally to beat the Horned Frogs 52-46. Oklahoma put together their best offensive performance of the year, at one point scoring touchdowns on four straight drives.

Oklahoma State (3-2)
Junior quarterback Mason Rudolph put together his best game of the season, throwing for 392 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cowboys topple Texas 49-31. Oklahoma State has upcoming matchups against Iowa State and Kansas before hosting West Virginia in a huge matchup.

TCU (3-2)
The Horned Frog defense struggled against Oklahoma, giving up 534 yards in the loss.  Junior quarterback Kenny Hill and the offense continue to put up big numbers, but the team’s deficiencies on the other side of the football are proving too much to overcome.

Texas (2-2)
After starting the season 2-0, Texas has now dropped its last two.  Their opening season win against Notre Dame has lost its luster, as both the Irish and the Longhorns have struggled in recent weeks. The slumping Texas defense now must get ready for an Oklahoma team fresh off dropping 52 points on TCU.

Kansas State (2-2)
The Wildcats missed a great opportunity to open conference play with a win against West Virginia. But the conference’s top ranked defense faltered late, giving up 14 fourth quarter points after only allowing a field goal through three quarters.

 Texas Tech (3-1)
Another week, another huge outing for the Red Raider offense, which put up 621 yards in a 55-19 rout of Kansas. Texas Tech is averaging more than 55 points a game, but on the flip side, their defense is giving up 44 points per contest.

Iowa State (1-4)
The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker to Baylor, missing out on a huge upset.  The Iowa State offense looked unstoppable through three quarters, but faltered late with two three-and-outs in the final frame.

Kansas (1-3)
The Jayhawks were shredded by two different quarterbacks on Saturday, allowing Texas Tech juniors Patrick Mahomes II and Nic Shimonek to throw for four touchdowns apiece. Things don’t get much easier for Kansas, as they host TCU this weekend.