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The Big 12 can hope for an undefeated showdown in Morgantown on the same weekend the other Power Five conferences play their championship games.For now, the Big 12 is in a precarious position, already considered by most an afterthought in the College Football Playoff conversation.If nobody in the Big 12 gets in, its because theres four other teams that are supposed to be better, TCU coach Gary Patterson said, reminding everyone that the league does still have two undefeated teams.Only No. 13 Baylor (4-0), the leagues highest-ranked team , and West Virginia (3-0) are still without a loss. And they dont meet until the first Saturday in December when the Big 12, which resumes its title game in 2017, wraps up the regular season on the championship weekend for the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.Even though TCU won its Big 12 opener, the Horned Frogs didnt make it through their non-conference schedule undefeated. Oklahoma State has already lost twice.While Oklahoma gets ready for its conference opener at TCU this Saturday with a clean slate in pursuit of the 10th Big 12 title -- the Sooners were the overwhelming preseason favorite to win -- there are no do-overs for two September losses that pretty much knocked them out of contention for a second straight playoff appearance.Acting Baylor head coach Jim Grobe said it is too early to declare the Bears, or anyone else, a favorite to win the conference title.We need to not only see our team play a few more times, but obviously see the other teams play, before you start to draw a bead on who the stronger teams are, he said.So just how did the Big 12 already get to this point, and whats to come with only conference games left the next 10 weekends:NOT SO POWERFULThe Big 12 went 2-6 against teams from the other Power Five conferences. There was that double-overtime victory by Texas over then-No. 10 Notre Dame in the season opener, but the Fighting Irish have since lost to Michigan State and Duke, falling to 1/3 and out of playoff contention.SOONER SETBACKSOklahoma last season was the first Big 12 team to get into the playoff , and with a No. 3 preseason ranking, the Sooners were expected to be in the mix again in 2016. But they opened with a 10-point loss in Houston and are coming off a 45-24 home loss to Ohio State. After a week off, their focus is now on winning another conference title.Sometimes youre not as far off as people want to project that you are, coach Bob Stoops said.BEAR MARKETBaylor is 4-0 for the fourth consecutive season, a program first, and the Bears should still be undefeated when they go to Texas on the final Saturday of October. After going to Iowa State on Saturday, they have an open date before hosting Kansas and then another open date. They also have home games against TCU and Kansas State, a trip to Oklahoma and a neutral site game against Texas Tech before the finale in West Virginia.UP IN THE MOUNTAINSWhile unranked, West Virginia is undefeated, including the season opener over Missouri and last weekend against BYU. Now in their fifth Big 12 season, maybe the Mountaineers are ready to challenges for the conference title.Id like to think so. I think our team believes that, coach Dana Holgorsen said. Weve got confidence in our abilities and we think were pretty good. In addition to Baylor, WVU is home against TCU and Oklahoma State.FORT WORTH FRENZYHad No. 21 TCU finished off its rally at home against Arkansas, the Horned Frogs would be right in the middle of the playoff conversation and maybe in the top 10. While losing three of four to Oklahoma since joining the Big 12, those losses were by a combined 11 points. TCU gets both Oklahoma teams at home, but has to go to West Virginia and Baylor.COWBOY DOWNOklahoma State was on the verge of taking the lead in its Big 12 opener at Baylor last week before a fumble, and the Bears then drove 99 yards for the final score in a 35-24 victory. The Cowboys, who started 10-0 last season, will have to play four of their last six games on the road. Jason Spriggs Super Bowl Jersey .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. Bryan Bulaga Super Bowl Jersey . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. Billy Turner Super Bowl Jersey . The 17-year-old native of Marystown, N.L., pulled out of Skate Canada International last month in Saint John, N.B., with the same problem. Darnell Savage Jr. Super Bowl Jersey .  The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers put themselves back in the playoff conversation by stringing together four convincing victories in which they never trailed. They put themselves on the cusp of the AFC North title by showing the kind of resilience theyve lacked this year when things get tight.Down two touchdowns on the road, the Steelers didnt panic. They didnt press either. They simply kept chipping away at the seemingly emotionally fragile Bengals until Cincinnati lost its composure and, eventually, whatever resolved remained in an otherwise lost season.The result -- a 24-20 victory that set up a de facto AFC North title game next Sunday against Baltimore -- was Pittsburghs first win in a game decided by less than seven points this season and first when trailing at the half since Week 15 of last year.It just shows what were capable of, safety Sean Davis said Monday. Were a team that fights. Weve been through so many things throughout that game and it does nothing but make us more confident and lets us know when we play like that the whole game were a tough team to beat.A team that evolved from one heavy on flash to something more substantive over the last month. Six Chris Boswell field goals, one well-timed Boswell trip of Cincinnati returner Alex Erickson that prevented a touchdown and an exclamation point game-ending drive gave the Steelers (9-5) their longest winning streak since 2009.Leading by four with 5:53 remaining, Pittsburgh took over at its own 16 and the Bengals never got the ball back. Four first downs -- the last coming on Cincinnatis eighth penalty of the day -- allowed Ben Roethlisberger to kneel down four times and give the Steelers their 15th win in 18 trips to Paul Brown Stadium.Its huge, guard David DeCastro said. Having those team wins, especially late in the season. Thats got to be the way to do it.Maybe thats why occasionally nitpickyy head coach Mike Tomlin opted not to be so nitpicky after his team improved to 11-1 in its last 12 December games.dddddddddddd While allowing most of his teams issues early on Sunday were of the self-inflicted variety, from the face mask by defensive end Stephon Tuitt that extended Cincinnatis opening drive to the pass interference call in the end zone on rookie cornerback Artie Burns that set up a Bengals touchdown.Its not the first time this season the Steelers have struggled on the road. It is the first time theyve managed to overcome it.We have played that team five times in the past twelve months, its not a lot of secrets, Tomlin said. Its just technical expertise and a lot of butt kicking. And smiling in the face of adversity.Something Pittsburgh is becoming more comfortable at as the long slog of the regular season morphs into a sprint. The most basic math is very simple: knock off the Ravens (who have won four straight in one of the AFCs most heated rivalries) and the Steelers have a third straight playoff berth for the first time in Tomlins 10-year tenure.Its a position Pittsburgh envisioned all along, it not the winding path it took to get here. The four-game nap the Steelers took in the middle of the season appears to be a distant memory.Were going to fight for the whole 60 minutes, Davis said.If the can do it for 60 more, theyll be division champions.Game notes Tuitt underwent an MRI on his right knee on Monday. He injured the knee on the same play he was flagged for grabbing Andy Daltons facemask and did not return. ... WR Darrius Heyward-Bey ran in cleats on Monday as he tries to recover from a foot injury thats kept him out since Week 7.---For more NFL coverage: and ' ' '