Viva the Matadors’ Week 6 Rankings:
1. #18 TCU Horned Frogs: 14-7, 3-0 (LW 2)
TCU finally overtakes Texas Tech for the top spot in our power rankings. Sweeping Kansas State in their Big 12 opener has firmly pushed TCU ahead of Tech in the conference standings and are now poised to leave Texas Tech behind them.
TCU plays Oklahoma State in Stillwater this weekend.
2. #9 Texas Tech Red Raiders: 21-5, 1-2 (LW 1)
Despite sweeping Northeastern over a four game series in rather dominating fashion, Tech’s struggles to open conference play can’t be ignored. Along with the Longhorns, Sooners and Horned Frogs who all opened Big 12 play with a sweep, Tech finds themselves looking up to several teams in the standings.
Good news for Tech fans, West Virginia comes to town this weekend. Texas Tech has to take advantage this weekend or they may find themselves permanently out of reach for the conference title.
3. Texas Longhorns: 16-10, 5-1 (LW 3)
Texas keeps doing their thing improving to 5-1 in conference play as the Longhorns took two of three from Oklahoma State. After a tough non-conference schedule, Texas continues to win and put themselves in great position to challenge for the conference title.
Texas goes on the road to face Kansas State this weekend.
4. Oklahoma Sooners: 17-10, 3-0 (LW 6)
Oklahoma comes roaring out of the gate with a sweep of West Virginia this past weekend. West Virginia isn’t what it was last year, but the home arrested Sooners took full advantage.
In a weird twist of events, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State engaged in a non-conference game on Tuesday night in Norman. Oklahoma dropped the contest 7-1, but it doesn’t go against the conference standings so, I doubt they are worried too much.
Oklahoma welcomes Baylor to Norman this weekend.
5. Kansas Jayhawks: 15-9, 2-4 (LW 4)
Kansas is starting it’s slow slide back into the mid-tier. After an impressive non-conference campaign, the Jayhawks have gone just 2-4 in conference. Kansas did gain some ground back after getting swept in the opener by taking two of three from Baylor last weekend.
Kansas gets to take a breather as they welcome Morehead State to Lawrence this weekend.
6. Baylor Bears: 13-9, 3-3 (LW 5)
Baylor struggled against Kansas in their second Big 12 series after taking two of three from Texas Tech in the opener. Not the way you want to follow up beating, at the time, the best team in the conference. A series with Kansas would be just what the doctor ordered to jump and stay in the top of the conference, but the rubber game was put out of reach early and the Bears couldn’t recover.
Bears travel to Norman to face Oklahoma this weekend.
7. Oklahoma State: 12-10-1, 1-2 (LW 8)
I guess Oklahoma State can hang their hat on beating Oklahoma in a non-conference game after dropping two of three to Texas over the weekend. This Cowboy team has all the pieces, but is struggling to put it together. There is still time to make a post-season push, but they need to start winning and it starts this weekend against TCU. They don’t need miracles they, they just need to win the series.
8. Kansas State Wildcats: 13-12, 0-3 (LW 7)
TCU handled Kansas State rather easily as the Wildcats were only able to score four runs over the entire series. It won’t get any easier for the Wildcats as they have the Longhorns coming to town this weekend.
9. West Virginia Mountaineers: 9-12, 0-3 (LW 9)
Swept. No sugar coating this one. Moutaineers have a tough task this weekend against Texas Tech, but could play spoiler to a Tech team that is trying to get back into the conference race.