Baylor coach Jim Grobe said he does not view it as a slight that the two lowest-rated undefeated teams from Power 5 conferences in Monday’s updated Associated Press rankings are No. 11 Baylor (5-0) and No. 20 West Virginia (4-0). No. 24 Western Michigan (6-0) also cracked this week’s poll but the Broncos play in the MAC, which is not a Power 5 league.
The lowest-rated teams among members of power conference were the two Big 12 schools. The updated top-10 includes seven undefeated teams from Power 5 leagues, including No. 10 Nebraska (5-0).
Grobe said he thinks the Big 12 teams might have been under-the-radar with voters because both had byes last week.
“I hope we’re under the radar a little bit. I hope we’re a good team,” Grobe said during Monday’s teleconference with Big 12 coaches. “I think we beat a couple of pretty good football teams the last couple of times out.”
Baylor, which climbed to No. 8 in this week’s coaches poll, defeated Oklahoma State (35-24) and Iowa State (45-42) in its last two contests. The Bears (5-0, 2-0 in Big 12) return to action Saturday against Kansas (1-4, 0-2) in Waco. Baylor closes its season with six games in six weeks against a checklist of Big 12 contenders, starting Oct. 29 at Texas.
“Our schedule gets tougher and tougher as we go, so we’ll find out pretty quick,” Grobe said.