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Big 12 football power poll: OU, Texas set to battle for top spot; 5-0 Baylor up to No. 3

Posted October 8th, 2019

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1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (5-0)

Oklahoma receives its first true test of the season on Saturday when Lincoln Riley’s squad faces off with Texas. The Sooners are destroying opponents and look even better with Jalen Hurts at quarterback, which is scary considering Oklahoma graduated two Heisman trophy winners after the past two seasons.

2. (2) Texas (4-1)

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The Longhorns can erase the memory of the LSU loss and jump back into the College Football Playoff discussion with an upset win over Oklahoma. Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense looks great. The defense is banged up heading into the Red River Rivalry.

3. (4) Baylor (5-0)

So it is possible to win in Waco without breaking every rule and trading your soul to the devil? Someone go tell Art Briles. It’s great to see what head coach Matt Rhule is doing at Baylor considering what he inherited. Lake Travis native Charlie Brewer is the third-best quarterback in the Big 12.

4. (7) Iowa State (3-2)

We all expected more from the Cyclones in 2019, but two one-possession losses to Iowa and Baylor dampened the outlook for Iowa State. Still, Matt Cambell’s team remains one of the most talented in the Big 12 and the offense finally looked on track in a win over TCU.

Texas Tech’s Jett Duffey (7) passes the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma State, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

5. (9) Texas Tech (3-2)

The Red Raiders looked like a dangerous and complete football team in the win over Oklahoma State. The loss at Arizona is the only bad one of the season for Texas Tech since Oklahoma looks like a machine heading toward another Big 12 championship. Quarterback Jett Duffey is a winner.

6. (3) Oklahoma State (4-2)

Mike Gundy’s squad is always good for one dud in each conference campaign and Oklahoma State decided to lay its 2019 egg against Texas Tech in Lubbock. Quarterback Spencer Sanders looked like an underclassman and the running game never worked against a usually shaky Texas Tech defense.

7. (5) TCU (3-2)

Does this feel like the end of Mack Brown’s era at Texas to anyone else? Gary Patterson’s program doesn’t look right. Finding a competent quarterback would solve a few of the problems. Bowl eligibility appears to be the best the Horned Frogs can hope for in 2019.

8. (6) Kansas State (3-2)

Kansas State is on a two-game losing streak after starting the season undefeated with a win over Mississippi State. The Wildcats came back to earth and look like a team without an identity without Bill Snyder roaming the sidelines.

9. (8) West Virginia (3-2)

Oklahoma reject Austin Kendall threw four interceptions against Texas. Head coach Neal Brown is sticking by the transfer, for now.

10. (10) Kansas (2-4)

Les Miles already fired his offensive coordinator if you’re wondering how things are going in Lawrence.

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