Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Week 12 Big 12 Rankings
1. Oklahoma Sooners- The Sooners are undefeated (7-0) in conference play and have greatly improved as the weeks go by. QB Baker Mayfield has rediscovered his Heisman-caliber passing strength and will continue utilizing the talents of RB Samaje Perine and WR Dede Westbrook (this guy is so good it makes me sick). They're the clear breadwinner of the Big 12 and are the frontrunners for the conference title.
2. Oklahoma State Cowboys- Mike Gundy's mullet has obviously given his Mason Rudolph-led team an edge this season (just kidding). The Cowboys should only have one loss but an unfortunate referee mistake hurt the team's future standings. My favorite part of their season was when they blocked three UT PATs.
3. West Virginia Mountaineers- WVU is currently one of the most talented teams in the nation with a monster unleashed in QB Skyler Howard. Their receivers' hands are probably magnets since they never seem to drop or miss a pass. If OU loses in the next two weeks, look to Holgo's guys as the next top contender.
4. Kansas State Wildcats- I just love Bill Snyder; I don't think I say that enough. Coach Snyder always seems to achieve great heights with the talent he's given and his team will look to achieve bowl eligibility within the next few weeks. KSU's ability to control the clock is terrifying if you're running a high-tempo offense and can't convert.
5. Baylor Bears- Here we are! Although I have high hopes for new QB Zach Smith, I'm worried about his connection with our receivers. As long as Zach communicates with his targets and the defense finds their spark, we have a chance to win a few more games.
6. TCU Horned Frogs- Gary Patterson's team has had a rough ride this season and the next three games aren't going to get any easier. Utilizing WR Kavontae Turpin should be at the top of Gary's playbook.
7. Texas Longhorns- Texas is 3-4 in Big 12 play even with the strongest running back in the conference. D'Onta Foreman is an absolute monster on the field and can crush and defensive lineman who attempts to stop his running game. QB Shane Buechele has a hell of an arm and, with proper O-line protection, could be a lot more successful than he is now.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders- Man, Patrick Mahomes has had the worst luck. Mahomes recorded 819 yards of total offense against OU in a game they lost. With a 2-5 conference record, the sun isn't shining for Kliff Kingsbury (I still love you Pat!).
9. Iowa State Cyclones- Matt Campbell found a spark in his first year at ISU and will accomplish greater feats in the future. They Cyclones will be scary with a more experienced team and developed playbook.
10. Kansas Jayhawks- Kansas' one bright spot of their season was the almost-defeat of TCU a few weeks back. I don't know how coaches give a primarily-losing team any sort of motivation, but I hope David Beaty finds a better pep talk soon.