Oklahoma climbs updated Big 12 power rankings after big Bedlam win < Oklahoma

Make no mistake, the Oklahoma Sooners dominated a pretty good Oklahoma State team. The Cowboys might have faltered lately, but they had their starting quarterback, and he seemed good enough for the pokes to drop him back to 80 passes and throwing 67 passes.

The Cowboys should have no excuses for their quarterback’s health. He played well but not well enough, throwing for 381 yards but also throwing four interceptions.

Oklahoma State has defeated Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas this year. They are close to winning eight games in their fourth straight season and in 13 of the last 15 years.

Oklahoma haven’t played well all year, but that was as good a performance as we’ve seen, especially from the defensive side of the ball. They pressured Sanders on 40% of his dropbacks and could have doubled the four interceptions as they forced Sanders to make some bad decisions.

While the offense fell short in the second half, the Oklahoma defense offered a glimpse of what’s to come from a Brent Venables defense. After a season of ups and downs, they have a chance to end 2022 on a high.

TCU Horned Frogs (11-0, 7-0 Big 12)

11/19/2022; Waco, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs seeding kicker Griffin Kell (39) and punter Jordy Sandy (31) and tight end Alex Honig (82) celebrate defeating the Baylor Bears after Kell kicked the game-winning field goal against the Bears while at McLane stage expires. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 1st

This week: Beat Baylor, 29-28

The TCU Horned Frogs are simply finding ways to win in 2022. They overcame a missed extra point attempt and a failed two-point conversion to level an eight-point deficit with six minutes to go. Max Duggan may have entered the Heisman conversation with his performance. TCU is now just two wins away from a place in the college football playoffs, but must face the toughest defenses they’ll face all year at Iowa State and the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big 12 title game.

Next week: vs. Iowa State

Kansas State Wildcats (8-3, 6-2)

11/19/2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, United States; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Will Howard (18) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ben Queen USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 2nd

This week: Beat West Virginia, 48-31

Will Howard continues to prove the Wildcats can win without Adrian Martinez. Howard plays like the best quarterback in the Big 12 across the board and should be considered for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing score to the win.

Next week: against Kansas

Texas Longhorns (7-4, 5-3)

11/19/2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Jonathon Brooks (24) runs for a touchdown Kansas Jayhawks safety Marvin Grant (4) and linebacker Lorenzo McCaskill (7) in the second half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 3rd

This week: Beat Kansas, 55-14

Texas banished the demons of last year’s home loss to Kansas with a huge away win. Bijan Robinson had a career day, rushing for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

Next week: against Baylor

Texsa Tech Red Raiders (6-5, 4-4)

November 19, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Tyler Shough (12) runs with the ball around Iowa State Cyclones defensive lineman MJ Anderson (3) and defensive end Will McDonald IV (9) in the first quarter of the Senior Day Big-12 Showdown at Jack Trice Stadium. Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Network

Previous rank: 5th

This week: Beat Iowa State, 14-10

Texas Tech earned bowl eligibility with their win over Iowa State and is in for a second winning season since 2015.

Next week: against Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-4, 4-4)

11/19/2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) slides down as Oklahoma Sooners defenseman Justin Broiles (25) approaches during a game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 4th

This week: Loss to Oklahoma, 28-13

Spencer Sanders played like a warrior in this game, but a 28-0 hole early in the game was too much to overcome. He was pressured on 40% of his dropbacks on Saturday, got sacked six times and threw four interceptions.

Next week: against West Virginia

Baylor Bears (6-5, 4-4)

11/19/2022; Waco, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan (15) is brought down by Baylor Bears defenseman Siaki Ika (62) in the second half at McLane Stadium. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 6th

This week: Lost to TCU, 29-28

Baylor was eight ahead with just over six minutes left, allowing TCU to score a touchdown with two minutes remaining, get the ball back and score a field goal that won the game. A disappointing ending for the bears.

Next week: in Texas

Oklahoma Sooners (6-5, 3-5)

11/19/2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defenseman Jonah Laulu (8) celebrates with defenseman Marcus Stripling (33) and defenseman Jalen Redmond (31) after intercepting a pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a game at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 9th

This week: Beat Oklahoma State, 28-13

The Oklahoma Sooners clinched the bounce back victory with a quick start on offense and the best defensive play of the season.

Next week: at the Texas Tech Red Raiders

Kansas Jayhawks (6-5, 3-5)

11/19/2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) falls back to pass while Ovie Oghoufo (18) defends the Texas Longhorns defensive end in the first half at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 7th

This week: Lost to Texas, 55-14

Well, that didn’t go as planned for anyone. Kansas couldn’t slow down Bijan Robinson and, after a promising 5-0 start, is in danger of ending the season with .500. Sure, it’s an improvement, but losing five of the last six with a date in Manhattan next week must be frustrating.

Next week: in the state of Kansas

Iowa hurricanes (4-7, 1-7)

November 19, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers (12) is tackled by Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive line Tony Bradford Jr. (97) during the third quarter of the Big 12 showdown on Senior Day at Jack Trice Stadium. Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Network

Previous rank: 10th

This week: Lost to Texas Tech, 14-10

Defending the state of Iowa is also a bright spot for the Cyclones in 2022. Unfortunately, the offensive casts a shadow.

Next week: at TCU

West Virginia Mountaineers (4-7, 2-6)

11/19/2022; Morgantown, West Virginia, United States; West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown speaks with Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman after the game at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ben Queen USA TODAY Sports

Previous rank: 8th

This week: Lost to Kansas State, 48-31

A week after defeating Oklahoma, the West Virginia Mountaineers couldn’t stop Kansas State, who scored 41 points in the first half and drove to the win.

Next week: in the state of Oklahoma

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