Our updated Big 12 Power Rankings after the league crowned its champion and completed the regular season:
1. Oklahoma (previous ranking: 1): The Sooners' season won't end with a College Football Playoff appearance, but that doesn't make their 9-0 steamrolling of the Big 12 any less impressive. OU assembled an absolutely dominant offense, and no conference foe figured out a good way to stop it. With Baker Mayfield coming back for one more year. it is great news for Oklahoma and bad news for everybody else.
2. Oklahoma State (2): The Cowboys were far too conservative in Bedlam, and it cost them in a 38-20 loss and a missed opportunity for a Big 12 title. Where was the mullet magic? It was still a strong season for Oklahoma State, one that will look even better if it beats No. 10 Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
3. West Virginia (3): Saturday was a mighty good day for Dana Holgorsen. His team locked up a 10-2 regular season with a tough 24-21 win over Baylor, then he locked up a well-deserved raise and extension that will keep him in Morgantown for the next five years. The Russell Athletic Bowl game against Miami will be a sneaky good battle too.
4. Kansas State (5): K-State was predicted to finish eighth in the Big 12 in July by us fools in the media, which begs the question: Will we ever learn? Doubting Bill Snyder is never a good bet. The 8-4 Wildcats roll into the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against slumping Texas A&M having won three in a row and five of their past six after beating TCU 30-6.
5. TCU (4): The Horned Frogs finished an underwhelming 6-6 regular season with their fourth straight home loss. Their offense produced six points in each of the past two home games. We'll see how Gary Patterson and his coordinators address their frustrations with that unit going into the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Georgia.
6. Texas (6): No bowl game gives new coach Tom Herman time to focus on completing his staff and rebooting Texas' recruiting. Then he'll have to figure out how the Longhorns could have a 2,000-yard rusher, a 3,000-yard passer in a freshman quarterback and a defense that improved in Big 12 play -- yet still go 5-7.
7. Texas Tech (8): Recently, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt publicly backed coach Kliff Kingsbury going into a critical offseason for the program. If Kingsbury can persuade quarterback Patrick Mahomes II to return for his senior season, the Red Raiders will have enough talent coming back to be much better in 2017.
8. Baylor (10): Despite losing six in a row after starting 6-0, the Bears still wanted to go bowling to honor the hard work of their seniors. They're leaving the light on for this tumultuous season by going to the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. Another tough test awaits against Boise State in Jim Grobe's last hurrah as interim coach.
9. Iowa State (7): The Cyclones' first season under Matt Campbell was an up-and-down affair for a fairly inexperienced and inconsistent team, but they were far more competitive than the 3-9 record shows. Getting wide receiver Allen Lazard back for his senior season was a huge step for the building they must do this offseason.
10. Kansas (9): Kansas coach David Beaty exits a 2-10 campaign with reasons for optimism for the future, starting with the development of youngsters such as defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. and wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., who showed big improvement this fall. Slowly but surely, Beaty has Kansas pointed in the right direction.