2022 Big 12 Power Ratings - Week 12

2022 Big 12 Power Ratings – Week 12

With just one recreation to play within the common season, we nonetheless have so much to play for. A lot of our ranked groups will play for locations within the title matches, and all however two of our groups have secured eligibility to play. And people two that have not occurred but? Nicely, with seven losses, they’re now excluded from consideration apart from no qualifying groups.

We had one group in our rankings with a stunning loss, and one other that managed to keep away from a serious upset. However actually it was a fairly regular week and we did not have any large drive apart from UCF taking place.

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The Horned Frogs managed to tug off one other victory from their caps, shouted by Baylor 29-28 due to a last-second subject aim. However that is what the Frogs have been doing all yr, they discover methods to win even when issues do not at all times go their approach. At 11-0 heading into the ultimate recreation of the common season, the Frogs are very properly positioned for a berth within the School Soccer Playoff. Though to maintain that dream alive, they will must get previous a pesky Iowa State group that has nothing to play with however destroy TCU goals (and pay a possible large day for the convention if TCU makes a CFP). Luckily, this recreation is in Fort Value, as a result of horrible issues occur in Ames, and an undefeated TCU is healthier for everybody right here.
(3:00 p.m. native time, Fox)

Since TCU’s undefeated group implies that if Ok-State makes the Large 12 Championship Recreation, they’re mainly assured a visit to the Sugar Bowl, win or lose.

However that is not one thing the Wildcats needs to be involved about proper now. They did their half to keep up their maintain on second place within the title recreation with a 48-31 win over West Virginia in Morgantown, however bought no assist from the Jayhawks, so that they headed to the Sunflower Showdown needing to beat KU to a lock in that final spot. Possibly write that with a Sharpie, proper? Nicely, not so quick. Ok-State is sweet, and will win this recreation and prolong the streak to 14, however KU will not go away with out a struggle this yr, particularly when it is lastly capable of play spoiler for an amazing season in Manhattan. There probably wasn’t a lot at stake by both group heading into this rivalry recreation.
(7:00 p.m. Cairo time, Fox)

3. Tulane

The Inexperienced Wave are nonetheless in command of their very own future after defeating a good SMU group final Thursday, 59-24. However they can not hand over the season finale to Cincinnati in the event that they need to declare their spot within the AAC Championship Recreation. Technically, they might nonetheless lose, however it might take a foul USF group to beat UCF. Which would be the begin of the season. So actually it is successful as you are in, shedding as you are out of the inexperienced wave. However even with ultimate recreation stress, it has been an simply stellar season for Tulane, who will end with a minimum of 9 wins and this system’s finest report since Tommy Bowden’s group went 12-0 in 1998. It is the form of season that may see Willie Fritz on the radar for vacancies in Energy 5 capabilities.
(11:00 p.m. CT, ABC)

4. Cincinnati

At 9-2 and on the cusp of their fourth straight look within the AAC title recreation, oddly sufficient, this season gave the impression to be a disappointment for the Bearcats. Certain, all of us anticipated that they would not be capable of repeat their run to the CFP from final season, however on the identical time, the 9-2 report felt horrible. Their finest wins are over 6-5 ECU and 6-5 SMU, and their largest margin of victory in an AAC recreation got here final weekend once they beat Temple 23-3 in Philly. However they’d truly must defeat somebody actually good to get again within the AAC title recreation, and Tulane would have a struggle on the street. The winner of this recreation finishes the common season with a rating of 10-2 and hosts the AAC Championship match. The loser shall be 9-3 and should hope the UCF Face Vegetation are robust in Tampa.

After shedding 17-10 to TCU which actually wasn’t that a lot, it appeared just like the Longhorns would possibly lastly be able to get themselves out of the image within the Large 12 Championship recreation. However then they determined they weren’t going to lose to Kansas repeatedly, and did plenty of issues that actually meant the Jayhawks on their approach to a 55-14 blowout victory in Lawrence. With the win, they’re nonetheless alive for second place within the Large 12 title recreation, however want a win over Baylor and a Ok-State loss to KU in Manhattan on Senior Day. The primary a part of that should not be that tough, although, because the Bears do have the third-best speeding protection within the convention behind Iowa and Utah. However the Bears have a greater offense than the Hurricane, which practically knocked out the Longhorns again in October.

Knights are bizarre. They beat Cincinnati and Tulane, however dropped a recreation to Navy at house, 17-14 this previous weekend. The 8-4 Knights, although, are nonetheless a necessary lock of the AAC match, needing solely to beat the hapless Bulls from USF to earn the runner-up spot within the title recreation. In fact, in the event that they play like they did towards Navy, something is feasible, particularly on the street in Tampa, however anticipate the Knights to roll their toes and return to the championship for the primary time since 2018.
(6:00 p.m. native time, ESPN2)

7. Houston

The Cougars opened the season shedding three of their first 5, and we critically questioned if Houston would win as many groups this season. However then they hit three straight wins, 5 of their final six to get to 7-5 and someway, technically, have an opportunity at taking part in within the AAC Championship Recreation. I imply they want plenty of assist, however it’s attainable. That they had a season-best efficiency this previous weekend going 42-3 on ECU, and shall be in search of the same efficiency towards Tulsa this weekend to allow them to attempt to enhance their standings.
(6:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Congratulations to the Pink Raiders for bouncing again from a skid shedding 4 of 5 to choose up two straight wins to earn bowl eligibility for the second straight season. It did not go properly, which is okay as a result of most video games towards Iowa have been fairly ugly this season, however the Pink Raiders managed to carry off a Cyclones who could not rating, regardless of placing in loads of yardage. ISU managed to take the lead early within the fourth, however the Cyclones’ vaunted protection could not cease the Pink Raiders on the subsequent drive as Tech drove 77 yards to retake the lead. They will have shot at successful once more in Joey McGuire’s senior season in Lubbock, because the Sooners are on the town for Senior Day.
(6:30 p.m. CT, FS1)

The Bears opened the season as favorites to repeat as Large 12 champions. However regardless of their three-game successful streak from late October to early November, the Bears are able the place they should beat a instantly resurgent Texas group solely to complete with a greater than . 500 report. To their credit score, they practically pulled off the large meltdown on rival TCU, however that raises the prospect of draining them emotionally on the best way to the ultimate in Austin. A win over Texas is sweet for the Large 12 and Ok-State, however at this level it is unlikely that the Bears can pull off one other common season victory.
(11:00 a.m. native time, ESPN)

10. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys shall be limping to the end line this season, and Mike Gundy needs to be comfortable his group finally ends up with West Virginia in Stillwater the place they will nonetheless have a shot at 8 wins. The Sooners took a giant early lead at Bedlam, thanks largely to Spencer Sanders throwing two interceptions within the first interval and 4 within the recreation. It ended up being only a two end result recreation, however it by no means felt this shut. And after beginning the season 6-1, and with an opportunity on the Large 12 title recreation nonetheless technically on the desk and towards a meh OU group, the Cowboys’ fourth lack of the season needed to damage a bit. However the Pokes’ 8-win squad remains to be good for the convention, so hopefully they’ll put it collectively once more this weekend earlier than they get a protracted relaxation earlier than the bowl recreation.
(11:00 a.m. native time, ESPN2)

A lot to assist, Jayhawks. If KU may have come out of Texas, the Wildcats would have already secured their spot within the Large 12 CCG. As a substitute, the Longhorns shook them off, and so the Wildcats are going to should do it themselves by doing one thing they’ve accomplished 13 occasions in a row: beat KU. However for the primary time for the reason that present collection started, this recreation has some actual intrigue. This recreation may have meant one thing in 2018, however David Beatty was fired earlier than the sport, a recreation KU virtually gained anyway, earlier than a win over Ok-State saved his job. The Sunflower Showdown would not appear like the one KU misplaced 21-17 in Manhattan, and even the 17-10 recreation in 2009 that began the present streak. But it surely’s additionally more likely to be a lot nearer than the ultimate three of the collection because the Wildcats gained by a median margin of 31 factors.

It took them to the eleventh recreation of the season, however they quickly lastly turned eligible after a 28-13 win over an Oklahoma State group that gave the impression to be held with medical tape. It wasn’t an amazing begin to Brent Venables’ tenure at Norman, however a minimum of now he’ll get all the additional apply time earlier than a bowl recreation. Regardless of being tournament-eligible, the Sooners are locked in to submit their first convention season since John Blake went 3-5 in his ultimate season at Norman (1998 in case you do not do not forget that far). They might go 4-5 and 7-5 total this weekend, matching Bob Staub’s total report from his senior season, however Texas Tech will not be far behind the Sooners in Lubbock. The Sooners will very probably end the common season 6-6.

Like Oklahoma, it took some time, however the Cougars lastly closed out bowl eligibility final weekend, hurling FCS Utah Tech 52-26 in Provo to enhance to 6-5 on the season. BYU’s junior QB Jaren Corridor threw 5 landing passes and ran in one other within the defeat because the Cougars had their finest offensive recreation since they beat USF 50-21 to open the season. They’ve shot at seven wins as they head to the West Coast to face Stanford 3-8.
(10:0 p.m. axial time, FS1)

14. East Carolina

After going via a stretch the place they beat Memphis, UCF, and BYU in back-to-back weeks, the Pirates fell twice in a row, most not too long ago by a 42-3 paste by the hands of Houston. Luckily, they earned play-by-play eligibility with a win over BYU, however they will have shot at successful seventh and ending with . 500 in AAC play once they go to 3-8 Temple this weekend to complete out the common season.
(12:00 p.m. Cairo time, ESPN +)

*The next two groups have been eradicated from bowl eligibility – the one two groups on this checklist with that destiny. We’ll preserve ranking them, however they have been dangerous this yr they usually realize it.

It appeared prefer it was going downhill rapidly in Morgantown after the Mountaineers gave up two speeding touchdowns to the Wildcats. However then, two fast touchdowns and an total insane first quarter gave them indicators of life. However in reality, it solely extended the inevitable because the ‘Eers lastly resigned themselves to their destiny, slumping to Ok-State to fall to 4-7 on the season and formally out of bowl competition. This would be the second time in his 4 seasons that Neil Brown has missed the postseason, and his groups have but to report higher than 6 wins. At this level, the one factor saving Brown’s job is WVU’s weird insistence on ready till a brand new advert is known as. Oh, okay. The Mountaineers finish issues with a visit to Stillwater to confront the injured Cowboys. They may get a fifth win, however that will not imply a lot within the grand scheme.

Goat to goat, Matt Campbell’s famous person fell rapidly this season because the Hurricanes have been about to enter Campbell’s worst season at Ames since his debut, when Iowa completed 3-9 recovering from a multitude Paul Rhodes left at Ames. Regardless of a loss to Texas Tech that dropped them from bowl competition, Campbell wasn’t within the sizzling seat, although he may probably really feel a bit of overheated. Hurricanes can nonetheless make noise earlier than the season is over, although, they usually could cause disruption like they did in 2011. Fortunately, this recreation is not in Ames.

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