It was a great weekend of baseball matchups for the Big 12, but one team still shows it’s the best of the conference through the early part of the season. Strangely, it’s not Texas Tech.
1. TCU Horned Frogs (10-1) Last Week: 1
They were number one last week. They swept the Shriner’s Classic. Moving on.
2. Baylor Bears (11-1) Last Week: 4
Why did Baylor move up two spots? Other than losing their first game of the year to LSU in the 2nd game of the Shriner’s Classic, it’s hard to not have more power ranking momentum after a walk-off grand slam over Texas A&M.
3. Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-2) Last Week: 2
Red Raiders look in good shape at 11-2 going into their mid-week game with a ranked Arizona team. Tech lost the opener to A&M before finishing the tournament strong against Ole Miss and LSU. All of who might be in Omaha this year. It’ll be interesting to see this team continue to develop of the next two weeks with UTSA and UT-Arlington as opponents before conference play opens against Texas.
4. Oklahoma Sooners (13-1) Last Week: 5
Sooners continue to be the surprise team in the conference this year. I say surprise only because I expected one Oklahoma team to be up near the front and it’s not the Sooners. Sooners look solid against suspect play and have yet to play a road game and won’t until they travel to Atlanta on March 14th to play Georgia Tech.
5. Kansas State Wildcasts (9-2) Last Week: 6
K-State’s move up from last week has more to do with West Virginia dropping than something amazing done by the Wildcats. K-State stays in the middle of the pack due to their strong early season schedule and doing what they should do, sweeping a lesser Eastern Illinois team over the weekend.
6. West Virginia Mountaineers (7-4) Last Week: 3
West Virginia has our biggest drop this week, falling three spots. They still have their two wins over Coastal Carolina to help them from crashing to the bottom, but their struggles against Tulane this weekend maybe a sign of things to come.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-5) Last Week: 8
Oklahoma State showing signs of life in the other, less potent tournament this past weekend. Beating Nebraska and Arkansas, but dropping a close one to Arizona 10-9 in the middle game. As predicted Oklahoma State should be moving up the rankings real soon. If they could switch with the Sooners, that would be great.
8. Texas Longhorns (7-6) Last Week: 7
As Kansas found out earlier this season... Stanford is no joke. After taking the first game of a four game set with Stanford, Texas dropped the final three. Albeit in very close fashion. This Longhorn team has a ton of potential and even if the record won’t show it, should scare many top teams late in the season.
9. Kansas Jayhawks (4-7) Last Week: 9
Kansas took two of three from Northwestern State this past weekend and have a very favorable schedule coming up before conference play starts. They should be able to rack up several wins, but unless something surprising happens with another team in this conference, Kansas seems to be firmly cemented at number 9.