I received so much hate from Tech fans about dropping Tech down last week you would have thought I wrote an article about Davis Webb. As far as this week goes, will the Red Raiders drop again?
1. Baylor Bears (14-2) Last Week: 2
Baylor took two of three from Houston (Game 2 was postponed) and it was enough to jump up to #1 in the rankings with TCU faltering. The Bears have a traditionally strong Dallas Baptist group coming in mid-week before welcoming West Virginia this weekend. Once conference play starts, these rankings should get more and more interesting.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (17-2) Last Week: 4
What is going on in Norman? Everyone says, “They haven’t played anybody”. Heck, I’ve even said that. But they are doing what you’re supposed to do when playing nobodies... WIN. Oklahoma looks good with Big 12 play just around the corner. Will it last? I doubt it. But for now they are #2 in our power rankings.
3. TCU Horned Frogs (12-3) Last Week: 1
TCU dropped two of three to UC Irvine over the weekend. Anytime you lose a series expect to be dropped a few spots. TCU fans shouldn’t fear too much, the Horned Frogs will be back in the top spots before too long with a mid week game aginst Long Beach State before opening conference play against last place Kansas this weekend.
4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-3) Last Week: 3
Everyone and I mean everyone got on me last week for dropping the Red Raiders down a spot. Well, here we go again as they drop down to #4 this week. Before everyone points out to me that Arizona was a Top 10 team and Tech beat them 13-1, let me remind you that those same people said Tech getting drummed by A&M didn’t mean anything. So I’ll take the Arizona win with a grain of salt and amplify the fact that UTSA gave Tech a lot to deal with over the weekend including stealing a victory in come from behind fashion. This Tech team is good, but in the power rankings they are fourth.
5. Kansas State Wildcats (12-4) Last Week: 5
Kansas State stays at #5 this week despite dropping two of three to UC Riverside. Why? Look no further than West Virginia tumbling out of the middle-tier of the rankings. Kansas State is still 12-4 with winnable games upcoming mid-week before tangling with Iowa at home this weekend.
6. Texas Longhorns (12-6) Last Week: 8
Here come the Longhorns. I mentioned they maybe able to scare a few of the top teams before they year is done and after sweeping UCLA this weekend, maybe sooner rather than later. Texas welcomes #6 Texas Tech to town this weekend and they can make some serious noise by winning the series against the Red Raiders.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-6) Last Week: 7
The Cowboys took two of three from South Dakota State over the weekend. Doesn’t sound like much, but it was enough to keep them at 7 with the Longhorns leapfrogging them in the standings, ahead of West Virginia. Oklahoma St should still make their way into the middle of the standings before too long, but for now, we just have to wait for them to get there.
8. West Virginia Mountaineers (8-7) Last Week: 6
West Virginia was at one time as high as #3 in our rankings, after taking two games from defending National Champion Coastal Carolina, but those wins seem to be fading into distance memory (Coastal Carolina is 11-7 this year). Dropping two of three to Old Dominion and losing 3 of their last 4 hasn’t helped matters. They could make some rumblings this weekend going into Waco, or they could find themselves firmly planted just above Kansas.
9. Kansas Jayhawks (7-8) Last Week: 9
Kansas Basketball is a #1 seed in the tournament. I think that’s all Kansas fans care about. Kansas should have a winning record going into conference play, but it’s still tough going for them right now. They are the only team in the conference with a losing record.