Big 12 Power Rankings: Conference Charges Towards Wild Finish

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Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Jeff Woody (32) is stopped by Baylor Bears linebacker Eddie Lackey (5) during the second half at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

10. Iowa State Cyclones

Record: 1-5 (0-3)

Previous Ranking: 10

Last Week: Baylor 71, ISU 7

This Week: vs #19 Oklahoma State

Next Week: at Kansas State

Iowa State was down 64-0 until Grant Rohach threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to DeVondrick Nealy with 47 seconds left in the game. All the Cyclones had to do after that was kick the ball out-of-bounds and they would have been only the second team all season to hold Baylor to under 69 points.

So, of course, Corey Coleman returns the ensuing kickoff – that obviously did not go out-of-bounds – 97 yards for a touchdown.

Losing to Baylor at Waco should probably have been expected, but you’d like to avoid getting crushed by 64 points. Fortunately for the Cyclones the part of their schedule loaded with high scoring offenses is about to end after this week. None of their remaining opponents after OSU have explosive offenses, which should mean ISU has a shot to start pulling out some of these games.

Most notably, ISU still has Kansas, West Virginia, and TCU still left on their schedule. All of those are winnable games for the Cyclones and should allow them to end the season on a high note.

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  • jack griffith

    I don’t understand the comment that an undefeated B 12 team is not going to “jump” an undefeated Pac 12 team. In the present Coaches Poll rankings:
    Rankings W/L Rankings W/L
    Oregon 2 7/0 Baylor 5 7/0
    Stanford 8 6/1 Tex Tech 9 7/0
    UCLA 11 5/1 OU 14 6/1
    OK State 17 6/1
    Pac 12 has 3 ranked teams while Big 12 has 4 ranked teams. Interesting that UCLA is ranked lower than both Baylor and Tex. Tech.

    I believe the bias is built in by east coast reporters and commentators who simply favor east coast teams and would like to travel to the west coast. I would hope they would stay up later at night and actually see some west coast teams play ball.