MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — The West Virginia Mountaineers moved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12 Conference with a big upset win over the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas. With that win, the Mountaineers continue to rise in our Big 12 Power Rankings.
1. Texas (5-0, 2-0) – The Longhorns have been terrific this season, beating Alabama in Tusacaloosa and easily handling Kansas yeseterday, 40-14. Texas, unfortunately, appears to finally be back.
2. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) – The Sooners continue to consistently move their schedule, beating a down Iowa State team 50-20 at home yesterday. Huge game next weekend against Texas in the Red River Rivalary.
3. West Virginia (4-1, 2-0) – Big wins over rival Pitt, Texas Tech and TCU on the road. Only loss is to a Top 10 team, Penn State.
4. Kansas (4-1, 1-1) – Only loss this season was yesterday on the road at Texas. Looks like a team that could sneak into the Big 12 Championship.
5. Kansas State (4-1, 1-1) – Quietly hanging around in the top half of the Big 12 Conference, defeated UCF 44-31 last week.
6. BYU (4-1, 1-1) – Has beaten Arkansas on the road and handled Cincinnati this week. Could be a contender or fizzle out during the tough Big 12 Conference schedule. Only time will tell.
7. TCU (3-2, 1-1) – Disappointing start for the Horned Frogs with losses at home to Colorado and West Virginia. Three wins are against unimpressive opponents.
8. UCF (3-2, 0-2) – Brutal loss to Baylor after being up big yesterday at home.
9. Texas Tech (2-3, 1-1) – Could be a competitive team as the season goes on, but has losses to Wyoming, Oregon and West Virginia early in the season. Beat Houston 49-28 yesterday at home.
10. Baylor (2-3, 1-1) – Huge come-from-behind victory at UCF yesterday and has only lost to Top 10 opponents (Utah and Texas). Don’t count the Bears out yet.
11. Iowa State (2-3, 1-1) – Really disappointing start to the season with losses against Iowa and Ohio.
12. Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1) – Lost badly (33-7) at home to South Alabama and has not beaten a quality team this season.
13. Cincinnati (2-3, 0-2) – Another disappointing start with wins only against Pitt and Eastern Kentucky this season.
14. Houston (2-3, 0-2) – Absolutely dreadful start for the Dana Holgorsen-led Cougars in the Big 12, who have only beaten USTA (17-14) and Sam Houston. Looks like they’ll remain at the bottom of the Big 12 all season.
UPDATED Big 12 POWER RANKINGS:
3. West Virginia
5. Kansas State
9. Texas Tech
11. Iowa State
12. Oklahoma State
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) October 1, 2023