How Big 12 stacks up in USA TODAY Sports re-rank

 How Big 12 stacks up in USA TODAY Sports re-rank

The start of the 2022 college football season is still four months away, but there’s a ton of optimism where the Oklahoma Sooners stand. In most circles, the Sooners are seen as favorites to win the Big 12 and are considered one of the nation’s top teams in the preseason.

Erick Smith of USA TODAY Sports has the Sooners at No. 4 in his post-spring power rankings. So is Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.

In Paul Myerburg’s most recent 1-131 re-ranking, which he also did during college football, the Sooners came in at No. 5 behind the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ohio State Buckeyes, Georgia Bulldogs, and Michigan Wolverines.

In the Big 12, the Sooners are one of four teams within the top 25 and only five teams can break into the top 50. Kansas, who has always been the bottom line in the NCAA re-rank has received positive attention. They are still out of the top 100, but they have it to reach No. 104.

Let’s take a look at how the Big 12 stacks up in the latest 1-131 re-ranking.

5. Oklahoma Sooners

April 23, 2022; Norman; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Dillon Gabriel (8) passed a pass during a spring game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

15. Baylor Bears

Dec. 4, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Blake Shapen (12) passed against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the second quarter of the Big 12 Conference championship game at AT&T Stadium. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

19. Oklahoma State Cowboys

OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) runs the ball during Saturday’s spring finale at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Nathan J Fish / The Oklahoman / USA TODAY NETWORK

25. Kansas State Wildcats

December 31, 2019; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Chris Klieman during the first half against the Navy Midshipmen at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

35. Texas Longhorns

April 23, 2022; Austin, TX, USA; Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) passes a pass during the annual Texas spring football game at the Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas on April 23, 2022. Aaron E. Martinez-USA TODAY NETWORK

51. Iowa State Storms

Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers (12) runs the ball for a touchdown as Iowa State hosts Kansas at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Zach Boyden-Holmes / The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK

56. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Dec. 28, 2021; Memphis, TN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Donovan Smith (7) ran for a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Liberty Bowl Stadium. Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

67. TCU Horned Frogs

Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Mike Rose (23) chased the TCU Horned Frogs running back Emari Demercado (3) at Jack Trice Stadium. Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

72. West Virginia Mountaineers

Nov 20, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Winston Wright Jr. (1) got a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

104. Kansas Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, KS – OCTOBER 23: Kansas Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold prepares to head out of the tunnel with his team ahead of a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Oct. 23, 2021 in Lawrence , Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

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