Big 12 Football Rankings: Teams Ranked in AP Top 25

It was an excellent weekend for the Big 12’s playoff hopes. The lone unbeaten squad in the conference won a critical road contest in primetime, and a key challenger suffered a loss that would eliminate it from contention. With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, the underdog Horned Frogs must be taken as a serious threat to crash the playoff party.

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 – 10-0 (Last Week: No. 4)

TCU entered Saturday’s primetime clash in Austin as a 7.5-point underdog to the Texas Longhorns. The game was a surprising slog as the Horned Frogs’ high-powered offense could not get on track, but they held Texas without an offensive touchdown and to only 199 yards on the night. They rushed for 159 yards and did just enough on offense to get the 17-10 victory and move to 10-0. Games against struggling Baylor and Iowa State stand between the Horned Frogs and a perfect regular season. If they win out, they’ll have a spot in the playoff, and the season has been an indisputable success for Sonny Dykes in year one.

19. Kansas State Wildcats – 7-3 (Last Week: 23)

A week after sliding down to number 23 with a loss to Texas, the Kansas State Wildcats pounded the Baylor Bears 31-3 and moved back to number 19. Will Howard started at quarterback and was solid, while K-State ran for 184 yards and held Baylor to 306 yards of total offense while forcing two turnovers. The Wildcats sit alone at 5-2 and are second in the conference.

24. Oklahoma State Cowboys – 7-3 (Last Week: Unranked)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are back in the rankings. After being somewhere in the top 25 all season, they fell out last week after dropping to 6-3. The Cowboys downed Iowa State and moved back in at the bottom of the pole, ranked 24th. They are 4-3 in the Big 12, tied with Baylor and Texas in third place in the Big 12. They have the annual Bedlam rivalry game against Oklahoma this Saturday, followed by the season-finale against West Virginia.

Others Receiving Votes

Texas is the only Big 12 team receiving votes but sitting outside the Top 25 poll.