The Big 12 is far and away the best conference this season, with 6 AP top 25 teams, two more receiving votes, and all 10 teams ranked in the top 60 of KenPom’s efficiency. These rankings are based on a combination of talent, resume, and who has the “mojo” right now, meaning they are entirely subjective so your criticism is invalid.
1. (17th in AP) Oklahoma Sooners (9-1) 20th in KenPom: Without a neutral court loss to a good Arkansas team at PK80, OU's wins on the road versus Oregon, USC, and Wichita State would mean a top 10 AP ranking for red-hot Trae Young's Sooners.
2. (10th) West Virginia Mountaineers (9-1) 11th: Since a season-opening thrashing at the hands of Texas A&M, West Virginia has won nine straight, featuring a convincing win over Virginia.
3. (15th) TCU Horned Frogs (12-0) 19th: TCU's undefeated start boasts four top 90 wins, two of those over top 35 teams.
4. (14th) Kansas Jayhawks (9-2) 8th: It's tempting to drop Kansas lower, as high expectations always make slow starts look worse, but let's not kid ourselves - Kansas has three top 100 wins, and despite two losses, still has the talent to win the Big 12.
5. (21st) Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-1) 13th: Two top fifty wins and a transitive win over Duke! That’s neat!
6. (18th) Scott Drew's Basketball Team in Waco (9-2) 23rd: Nice wins over Creighton and Wisconsin, but lost two games against quality opponents. Results matter.
7. (21 votes) Texas Longhorns (8-3) 38th: Played a really tough schedule. Got invited to PK80! Haven't won any big games.
8. (No votes) Iowa State (8-2) 59th: Weirdly beat Missouri badly in week one, have nice wins over Boise, Iowa, and Northern Iowa.
9. (9 votes) Oklahoma State (9-2) 48th: Beat a top 30 Florida State team, lost to the only other good teams on its schedule. I almost feel like I should rank Wichita State, given their Big 12 opponents out of conference.
10. (No votes) Kansas State (9-2) 42nd: Avenged their dumb football loss to Vanderbilt in Nashville. Otherwise, have no top 150 wins.