Big 12 Rankings, Week 12

By at November 23, 2010 | 4:43 PM | Print

No. 1 Texas A&M(8-3, 5-2)
Last Game: Beat Nebraska 9-6
Summary: Applause to Mike Sherman's lack of bravado after winning the game. He knew, I suspect, the magnitude of the win – that the Aggies had just stood toe-to-toe with the Big 12's most physical, nastiest team and given as good as it got. While the game will be remembered one way in Nebraska, it could be remembered as the night A&M got its macho back. Let's face it: The Aggies might have been lucky, but they were indisputably tough. The best team in the Big 12 right now.
Next Game: vs. Texas. Big one. All the eyes of Texas

No. 2 Nebraska (9-2, 5-2)
Last Game: Lost to Texas A&M 9-6
Summary: Burned the tape yet? Perhaps the single most frustrating loss – from a variety of perspectives – of the Bo Pelini era – aside from that 9-7 debacle to Iowa State. NU has a short week to put its emotions back in place. But, think about it: Given everything that went against the Huskers in College Station – including their coach – the defense still held one of hottest offenses in college football to all of 9 points, 3 of which were a gift.
Next Game: vs. Colorado. The Buffaloes are tougher than their record appears – especially on offense. CU has much overall talent as A&M. Yes, you read it, and it's true. The Huskers need their crowd.

No. 3 Oklahoma State (10-1, 6-1)
Last Game: Beat Kansas 48-14
Summary: Hats off to head coach Mike Gundy, who gambled his career on a new offensive coordinator, a 27-year-old former baseball player at quarterback, a running back who couldn't stay healthy, and a wide receiver still battling maturity issues. Sometimes, it all falls into place. Now OSU has the chance it always wanted: To beat Oklahoma, on its home field, for the Big 12 South title. Win there, and Gundy should win the National Coach of the Year.
Next Game: vs. OU in Bedlam. Heck, I'm even excited for that.

No. 4 Missouri (9-2, 5-2)
Last Game: Beat Iowa State 14-0
Summary: This is a game that, three or four years ago, the Tigers can't pull out. The difference now: Defense. Mizzou is, at long last, defining itself with speed on the defensive side of the ball, not skill on the offensive side. The Tigers have set themselves up to compete in the new Big 12. Their defense doesn't look much different than any of the best bunches in the Big 12 South, and it's still relatively young.
Next Game: vs. Kansas in Kansas City. I don't suspect Gary Pinkel shows an ounce of mercy.

No. 5 Oklahoma (9-2, 5-2)
Last Game: Beat Baylor 53-24
Summary: Nobody – I mean nobody – blows out a team in the first half quite like OU does. The Sooners' no-huddle offense staked them to a 21-0 first quarter lead and the Bears couldn't make first downs against OU's opportunistic defense. Landry Jones exited the the Big 12 Player of the Year conversation a few weeks back, and it's probably a good thing for him. He's still a plenty dangerous QB when he starts hot. Man, is this team streaky.
Next Game: at Oklahoma State. Bedlam Baby! OU has a gigantic advantage in psychology – but nobody has been able to slow down OSU's offense with Justin Blackmon in the lineup.

No. 6 Baylor (7-5, 4-4)
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma 53-24
Summary: BU just got a three-week lesson in big-boy football, and the results are thus: Four or five great skill players won't get it done when you have penalties, turnovers, no defense, special teams mistakes and lame crowd support. The Bears will have pay Art Briles a lot of money to keep him around after Robert Griffin graduates. Briles in a top 20 offensive mind.
Next Game: Bowl Game.

No. 7 Texas Tech (6-5, 3-5)
Last Game: Beat Weber State 64-21
Summary: The Red Raiders extended their bowl streak with a freebie win here. Texas Tech had more talent than its record suggests, but injuries rendered the defense FUBAR.
Next Game: vs. Houston.

No. 8 Kansas State (6-5, 3-5)
Last Game: Lost to Colorado 44-36
Summary: KSU's sheer lack of athletes on defense is finally costing the Wildcats. CU ran the ball, passed it, did whatever it pleased. In the fourth quarter, Kansas State couldn't get a stop when it counted. Of all the teams left in the Big 12, KSU will look the most different next year. The Cats will be faster, tougher and more oriented around its defense.
Next Game: at North Texas. The Mean Green averages nearly 200 rushing yards per game. Could be an interesting tilt.

No. 9 Texas (5-6, 2-5)
Last Game: Beat Florida Atlantic 51-17
Summary: Emmanuel Acho broke open a reasonably close game with a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown and UT won for the first time in the month. The Horns racked up more than 500 yards but the real key was just one turnover.
Next Game: vs. Texas A&M. UT needs an upset here to make a bowl; some think a bowl game would be a bad idea for a team that just needs to end its season.

No. 10 Colorado (5-6, 2-5)
Last Game:
Beat Kansas State 44-36
Summary: In its last six games, CU is averaging 30 points per contest. Does that surprise you? The Buffaloes have a better offense than you think, and its defense has talent, if not always execution. And quarterback Cody Hawkins is actually playing quite well to end his career. Odd.

No. 11 Iowa State (5-7, 3-5)
Last Game: Lost to Missouri 14-0
Summary: The grind finally wore out these Cyclones in the final weeks. Next time, Paul Rhoads needs to orchestrate a bye week for his team during the year. ISU played 12 straight games without a break, and considering that brutal schedule, it was just too much to handle. Still – Iowa State looks to be in good hands with Rhoads, a true believer who has a pretty good option at QB next year in Jerome Tiller.
Next game: End of season.

No. 12 Kansas (3-8, 1-6)
Last Game: Lost to Oklahoma State 48-14
Summary: The Jayhawks just don't have the horses yet. It may take several years, in fact, to get them. Next year isn't bound to be much prettier, and it won't be Turner Gill's fault.
Next: vs. Missouri in Kansas City. Expect it to get ugly quick.

Next Game: at Nebraska

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