Big 12 power rankings, Week 7: Oklahoma loses, TCU takes over

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

This list is pretty fluid, beginning with this upcoming weekend where both TCU and Oklahoma could post Ls and effectively change the balance of the importance of other games, but with the Horned Frogs as the only unbeaten now in the league, every game they play gets more important per every week they win. Meanwhile, Kansas State is coming off a double-overtime road loss to the Texas Longhorns last week.

TCU has gone from unranked to No. 6 in the AP Top 25 rankings through five games this season.

Kellis Robinett's prediction: Kansas State 28, TCU 27. That streak ended last week in Austin.

Ertz was expected to be a game-time decision for Saturday's contest against TCU, but it appears the Wildcats will be without their starting quarterback for an extended time.

Hill is 15-of-23 for 194 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions on third down. He throws the ball well. His overall completion percentage of 69 percent ranks 10th in the nation. Don't expect a game plan like that with Delton.

Kansas State: Whomever plays QB. The middle is sort of a hodge-podge of something betwixt decent and totally average, meaning that all games involving TCU, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State will take center stage from here on out.


When the Frogs were still in the Mountain West Conference, they became only the third NCAA team ever to lead the nation in total defense three consecutive years (2008-10), allowing minuscule totals of 217.8 yards a game in 2008, 239.7 yards in 2009 and 228.5 yards in 2010 - giving up between 11.3 and 12.8 points per game over that span. When asked if he's thinking about his Horned Frogs potentially playing in the playoffs in January, Hill wouldn't allow himself to think that far ahead. Although they did not cover the 12.5 point spread, they did find enough offense to hold off a feisty West Virginia club.

They're leading the conference in sacks with 13, which have come from seven different players. What's going to give? If the Wildcats want to pull off the upset at home, they'll have to give their quarterback, either Ertz or Delton, plenty of time to operate. They will line up and try to spread the field and move fast, much like the rest of the teams in the Big 12 conference.

Patterson is in his 17th season as TCU's head coach, and still calls defenses like he did in the three years before that as the Frogs' defensive coordinator under Dennis Franchione.

Experience has bolstered the defense, as eight of TCU's eleven starters are upperclassmen. If any team can handle it, it's TCU. Still, Kansas State's numbers on the season are pretty good. They've found spectacularly inconsistent ways to lose games, whether it's letting Liberty (?!?) hang almost 50 on them, then the next week losing 17-10 to UTSA. "It's one of the two". Balance is something that Kansas State's offense has been lacking over the past five years.

- Written by Pete Mundo, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network as well as owner and operator of HeartlandCollegeSports.com, a site for Big 12 fans.

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