No question about it -- the Big 12 South is the best division in college football. With Texas (6-0), Oklahoma (5-1), Texas Tech (6-0) and Oklahoma State (6-0), the division blows away all competition. This became utterly apparent with today's developments:
• In a thrilling, back-and-forth shootout at the Cotton Bowl, No. 5 Texas knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma, 45-35.
• No. 17 Oklahoma State passed its first true test of the season with flying colors, traveling to Columbia and shocking No. 3 Missouri 28-23.
• Although it definitely wasn't Texas Tech's finest effort of the season, the seventh-ranked Red Raiders stayed undefeated by beating Nebraska 37-31 in overtime.
When the AP poll comes out later today, the Big 12 South should claim 40 percent of the top 10. This begs one obvious question: How do you rank the division's top four teams?
Here's what I'm thinking:
1. Texas: Even with Colt McCoy as a top Heisman candidate, these Longhorns lack the overwhelming star power usually associated with Mack Brown teams. But who cares? McCoy and Co. just outperformed the No. 1 team in all the land. There's no time for the 'Horns to rest on their laurels, though. Not with this three-week stretch in their immediate future: vs. Missouri, vs. Oklahoma State, at Texas Tech.
2. Oklahoma: The Sooners led Texas for most of the 103rd Red River Shootout. And the Sam Bradford-led offense can put up points on anyone. OU's defense looks questionable, though, and now it must move forward without its unquestioned leader, LB Ryan Reynolds (torn ACL). Even with the loss, the Sooners stay above Oklahoma State on this list. After all, Oklahoma comfortably beat that Missouri team twice last season.
3. Oklahoma State: Nobody gave the Pokes a chance against Missouri, but they won fair and square, improving to 6-0 for the first time since 1945. Oklahoma State boasts the most underrated offensive trio in college football: QB Zac Robinson, RB Kendall Hunter and WR Dez Bryant. And Mike Gundy's on the verge of being recognized for his coaching ability, as opposed to his YouTube antics.
4. Texas Tech: Sure, the Red Raiders are undefeated, but what is their most impressive win to date? A 30-point victory at Kansas State? Not too inspiring. But Texas Tech still has plenty of opportunities to prove its might; the Red Raiders will face every team on this mini poll before the regular season ends.
So, how do you rank these four Big 12 South powers?