Victories By Colorado, Kansas State Show Gap May Be Closing

Tuesday, October 2nd 2007, 7:42 am
By: News On 6

HOUSTON (AP) _ Did Colorado's win over Oklahoma and Kansas State's upset of Texas signal a shift in power from the Big 12 South to the North?

League coaches on Monday's weekly teleconference say it's still too early to judge.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel says a lot of things go in cycles. He says: ``let it play out and we'll see how it unfolds.''

Oklahoma (4-1, 0-1) and Texas (4-1, 0-1) are still among the national top 20, at Number 10 and 19. But unbeaten Missouri (4-0) is ranked 17th. Kansas State (3-1, 1-0) sneaked into the poll at Number 24, its first ranking since 2004. Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) is Number 25 and Colorado was among the other teams receiving votes. Even perennial Big 12 doormat Kansas got some votes this week.

Oklahoma or Texas has played in three of the past four national championship games and a team from the South has won seven of the last 11 Big 12 championship games.

Kansas State won the last one for the North in 2003.