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Big 12 Football Standings 2012: Kansas State in pole position for Big 12 championship

The Wildcats are two wins from a conference title following Saturday's victory over Oklahoma State.

Joe Robbins

The Kansas State Wildcats remain in the driver's seat in the Big 12 title race after their 44-30 win over Oklahoma State Saturday. The Wildcats are now a perfect 9-0 on the season, with six wins in the conference and head-to-head wins over two of the three teams that remain mathematically eligible for the conference crown.

Following a 35-20 win over Iowa State, the Oklahoma Sooners are 4-1 in conference play and in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma is 6-2 overall, but its sole conference loss to Kansas State could be critical. Under Big 12 tiebreaker procedures, the head-to-head winner between two tied teams wins the championship. Oklahoma would need Kansas State to lose two of their final three games to have a chance at winning the conference title outright.

If that is to happen, Oklahoma would need a win from erstwhile rival Texas, which is third in the conference at 4-2 (7-2 overall) and plays Kansas State in the regular season finale. Oklahoma State remains technically in the race at 3-2 (5-3 overall), though their loss to the Wildcats makes it especially difficult for them to win an outright title. To make matters worse for the Cowboys, they play three Top 25 opponents -- West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma -- in the next three weeks.

Texas Tech and TCU both sit at 3-3 in conference play, and are both eliminated from contention due to previous losses to Kansas State. The Red Raiders were beaten by Texas Saturday, while the Horned Frogs recorded an overtime win against West Virginia, which is now 2-3 in conference play and losers of three straight games. Iowa State (2-4), Baylor (1-4), and Kansas (0-6) round out the standings.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.