Baylor Drops to AP No. 18 with Two Losses

Baylor is No. 18

Just three weeks after the Baylor Football team reentered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings following consecutive wins over West Virginia, now-ranked No. 14 BYU (read my BYU recap here and watch the Cougars game with me and dad!), and the University of Texas (read my most recent recap of the UT game here and watch the Longhorns game with me and dad here!), the Bears jumped up two slots to the No. 14 spot and then fell four spots to No. 18 this week. Baylor’s loss to unranked TCU was their second so far of the season, but didn’t affect their ranking as much as I expected it would (considering the systemic lack of respect for Baylor). The Bears were two weeks ago ranked No. 16 thanks to their four nonconference wins and four conference ones alongside their “quality loss” to currently ranked No. 11 Oklahoma State (last week the Cowboys were No. 11 but they moved up one spot this week thanks to their beatdown of West Virginia). The No. 18 Bears weren’t the only Top 25 team to lose to an unranked opponent seeing as at least No. 8 Michigan State and No. 14 Wake Forest each recorded their first losses of the season to not-so-great teams. The Big 12 Conference has the fourth-most number of teams in the Top 25 with No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 10 Oklahoma State, and Baylor at No. 18, coming in only behind the Big Ten (who has six), SEC (with five), and tied with the ACC at 3. The American, Sun Belt, and Conference USA conferences all have more ranked teams than the Pac-12, who has only one team in. The No. 18 Bears will face No. 4 Oklahoma for a highly anticipated matchup of offenses, so we’ll see if and how Baylor will perform after their devastating loss on Saturday!

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