Big 12 Football Rankings: Teams Ranked in AP Top 25
The Big 12’s only chance to be represented in the College Football Playoff came away with a win, receiving a lot of help from other squads, as a trio of playoff hopefuls took losses this weekend. Behind the Horned Frogs, the battle for second place intensified.
This weekly article will run down the Associated Press Top 25 poll, highlighting the Big 12 teams that stake their claim among the nation’s best.
4. TCU Horned Frogs – 9-0 (Last Week: No. 7)
Again, the TCU Horned Frogs found themselves trailing. They had been there before and did not panic. The offense found its footing, and TCU came back to beat the Texas Tech Red Raiders 34-24 to move to 9-0. For the first time this season, they have climbed into the top five and sit in playoff position at number four nationally. Next up, a mammoth battle at No. 18 Texas on Saturday.
18. Texas Longhorns – 6-3 (Last Week: Unranked)
After yo-yo-ing in and out of the rankings, the Texas Longhorns find themselves at No. 18, thanks to an impressive win at Kansas State. Bijan Robinson ran for 209 yards with a touchdown as Texas built a big lead to hang onto a 34-27 victory. Kansas State had a chance to tie the game late, but Texas stripped quarterback Adrian Martinez of possession and fell on the fumble to seal the victory. Texas now sits in an excellent spot to finish second in the conference, but they’ll need to upset TCU this Saturday.
23. Kansas State Wildcats – 6-3 (Last Week: Number 14)
One week after being the biggest climber in the polls, Kansas State is one of the biggest fallers. They dropped nine spots after losing at home to Texas, 34-27. The Wildcats could not stop Robinson and the Texas rushing attack and could not climb out of a huge deficit. They have Baylor, West Virginia, and Kansas to close the season and could still finish second in the league if they can run the table.
Others Receiving Votes
Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Kansas are all receiving votes, but none cracked the Top 25 this week.
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