Campus Corner

Blair Kerkhoff ranks the Big 12 and SEC football teams

Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas celebrated his touchdown off an interception with cornerback Zach Sanchez during Saturday’s win over Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas celebrated his touchdown off an interception with cornerback Zach Sanchez during Saturday’s win over Oklahoma State. The Associated Press

BIG 12

Team

Last weekend

Next game

1. Oklahoma

beat Oklahoma State 58-23

postseason

With no Big 12 title game, Sooners can rest and plan College Football Playoff

2. TCU

beat Baylor 28-21 2OT

postseason

Nice finish to a regular season filled with injuries

3. Baylor

lost to TCU 28-21 2OT

Texas

Despite loss, Bears looking good for major bowl

4. Oklahoma State

lost to Oklahoma 58-23

postseason

J.W. Walsh was good enough, but defense couldn’t stop Sooners

5. West Virginia

beat Iowa State 30-6

at Kansas State

Mountaineers bring four-game winning streak to Manhattan

6. Texas Tech

beat Texas 48-45

postseason

Triumph in Austin capped 7-5 regular season and three-game improvement over 2014

7. Texas

lost to Texas Tech 48-45

at Baylor

Longhorns will always have the Oklahoma victory

8. Kansas State

beat Kansas 45-14

West Virginia

Wildcats turned Kansas game early with punt defense

9. Iowa State

lost to West Virginia 30-6

season completed

That didn’t take long. Cyclones were among last to fire, first to hire. Matt Campbell arrives

10. Kansas

lost to Kansas State 45-14

season completed

First winless season since 1954. Rock bottom for Rock Chalk

SEC

Team

Last weekend

Next game

1. Alabama

beat Auburn 29-13

Florida (SEC title game)

Tougher-than-expected tussle with Tigers, but Tide is right where it wants to be

2. Mississippi

best Mississippi State 38-27

postseason

Kept the pressure on Dak Prescott and overcame the cowbells

3. Florida

lost to Florida State 27-2

Alabama (SEC title game)

Gators wobbling into first SEC title game since 2009

4. Arkansas

beat Missouri 28-3

postseason

Much better second half of the season than first half

5. LSU

beat Texas A&M 19-7

postseason

Keeping Les Miles is the right decision, say players who carried him from field

6. Georgia

beat Georgia Tech 13-7

postseason

Bulldogs don’t win pretty, but they keep winning. Mark Richt didn’t survive?

7. Mississippi State

lost to Mississippi 38-27

postseason

Egg Bowl got out of hand early for Bulldogs

8. Tennessee

beat Vanderbilt 53-28

postseason

The Vols became the team Butch Jones envisioned in season’s second half

9. Auburn

lost to Alabama 29-13

postseason

Good effort in Iron Bowl, but Tigers were SEC Media Days pick to win league title

10. Texas A&M

lost to LSU 19-7

postseason

Punchless effort by Aggies in season finale. A&M went 2-4 vs. the West

11. Vanderbilt

lost to Tennessee 53-28

season completed

Small step in right direction for Derek Mason’s programs, zero to two SEC victories

12. Kentucky

lost to Louisville 38-24

season completed

Wildcats snatch defeat from jaws of victory, blowing 24-7 halftime lead

13. Missouri

lost to Arkansas 28-3

postseason?

Some analysts project a bowl game for 5-7 Tigers and interim coach Andy Hill

14. South Carolina

lost to Clemson 37-32

season completed

Next coach is....Tom Herman? Kirby Smart? Larry Fedora?

HEISMAN BALLOT

1. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

2. Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

3. Shawn Watson, QB, Clemson

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION

Orange Bowl: No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Iowa

Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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