1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (4-0)
This could be Lincoln Riley’s best Oklahoma team since taking over the head coaching job, which is scary considering the Sooners always win the Big 12 championship and replaced Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks in consecutive seasons. Quarterback Jalen Hurts could be the third in a row. This team looks like the class of the Big 12.
2. (2) Texas (3-1)
The open week came at a great time for the limping Longhorns. Texas can compete with Oklahoma at full-strength, but it’s unlikely that Tom Herman’s program gets to the Cotton Bowl with its full complement of players. The good news is that quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks like a Heisman candidate.
3. (3) Oklahoma State (4-1)
The Cowboys is clearly the third-best team in the Big 12 after Mike Gundy’s squad beat down Kansas State last week. It was an impressive performance because Oklahoma State won the game by winning the line of scrimmage. This is a dangerous team that’ll only improve as the season moves along.
4. (5) Baylor (4-0)
Matt Rhule’s program escaped with a win against Iowa State despite a poor performance in the fourth quarter. It’s clear that he needs another recruiting class or two before this team is deep enough to compete for a conference title, but the program is heading in the right direction and putting a dark part of its history in the rear-view mirror.
5. (6) TCU (3-1)
It looks like TCU head coach Gary Patterson is rolling with the two-quarterback system with Alex Delton and Max Duggan continuing to split series. The Horned Frogs scored in each first-half possession against Kansas and rolled past a Jayhawks team that beat TCU in 2018.
6. (4) Kansas State (3-1)
Kansas State expected more in a loss to Oklahoma State. It was the first loss for head coach Chris Kliemann in 694 days, dating back 24 games to his old job at North Dakota State. He was due.
7. (7) Iowa State (2-2)
The offense isn’t dynamic enough to beat the best teams in the conference without running back David Montgomery in the backfield. Too much responsibility is placed on quarterback Brock Purdy’s arm and legs.
8. (8) West Virginia (3-1)
Texas might send West Virginia to the bottom of this poll. This is the same team that lost to Missouri by 31 points.
9. (9) Texas Tech (2-2)
The state of Oklahoma continues its assault on Texas Tech with Mike Gundy’s crew heading to town a week after the Sooners pounded the Red Raiders. Who wins more games in 2019: Texas Tech or the Arizona Cardinals?
10. (10) Kansas (2-3)