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The LGG 2016 Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

Following a weekend to forget, there’s a big shake up in the power rankings this week.

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Holy smokes. Where to begin? After a decent opening weekend, week two was a disaster for the Big 12, and it’s left the power rankings in shambles.

Last week’s leaders, The Cowboys and the Horned Frogs both lost in week two. Although, there was plenty of controversy in Oklahoma State’s loss. Still, it’s a loss, and we can’t forget that the Pokes didn’t look anywhere close to a championship contender.

Three of the opening week’s four “contenders” have already lost, so that leaves just… wait, does that mean…? Surely not… It can’t be… Are the Longhorns really the best team in the Big 12?

The Basement

10. IOWA STATE – This is not how Cyclone Nation envisioned the season starting after an offseason of change. Change, which should be for the better, but it is clear that it will take some time. No longer are they the feisty bottom feeder just looking to ruin the season of an unsuspecting contender. It’s been four years since they’ve beaten a ranked opponent, but right now, they’d be happy for any kind of win. At least there’s still Kansas on the schedule, but that’s where the good news stops. It’s going to be a long, long season for Iowa State.

9. KANSAS – Ohio brought the Jayhawk’s back down to earth last week, but not before KU showed the kind of fight you like to see in a team trying to rebuild. The over/under on the number of wins for KU before the season was 1.5, and I’m not quite ready to say they won’t get there. In fact, the way things are going now, I wouldn’t be surprised if they earned their first Big 12 win since last beating Iowa State in 2014.

Tier 2

8. KANSAS STATE – We’ve found out quite a bit about the Big 12 already, but the Wildcats remain an enigma. And, with FAU and Missouri State up next, we probably won’t know much until week five when they face West Virginia. They’ll rebound nicely after their opening season loss to Stanford, and, if they can gain some momentum feasting on cupcakes, they’ll have a chance to move up the rankings.

7 – TEXAS TECH – Welp, that didn’t last long. A stiff breeze would have slowed down Arizona State more than the Red Raiders did on Saturday night. They may eventually get over the hump in the Big 12, but at least we know that it won’t be this year.

Don’t Count Them Out

6. OKLAHOMA STATE – What happened? Bull[poop] call at the end of the game or not, they looked like garbage against a directional Michigan school. Watching Cooper Rush pick apart the Cowboys secondary was a reality check that Mason Rudolph is not Brandon Weeden 2.0. At least not yet. It is also clear that their run offense isn’t going to get fixed any time soon. I’ll leave them here for one more week, but that’s about all the rope they’re going to get.

5. BAYLOR – As expected, the Bears look good against much weaker competition, and, as expected, depth concerns have started to pop up. The Bear’s schedule will keep them in the conversation for the next few weeks, but we won’t know if they can truly contend for the top until they enter the meat of their schedule. For now they remain in the middle because we just don’t see them surviving a late season gauntlet.

4. TCU – Week two was not good for the Horned Frogs. The offense struggled early, and the Razorback jumped out to a 13-0 lead at the half. TCU battled back though, and led 28-20 late in the fourth quarter. However, they couldn’t close it out, and Arkansas won in overtime after tying up the game with just 1:03 left on the clock.

“You feel like you gave one away,”  TCU coach Gary Patterson said after the game.

Yes, yes you did.

3. OKLAHOMA – The Sooners will be in a new category next week. Hopefully, it will be a move up. With Ohio State coming to Norman, we’re about to find out if Oklahoma can live up to their preseason expectations.

The Contenders

2. WEST VIRGINIA – Before the season started we looked at the talent on the Mountaineer sideline and wondered if this could be the year they get over the hump. Well, it’s still early, but the door has been left wide open. With a win over an SEC opponent, they have one of the better resumes in the conference.

The Mountaineers get a bye this week, but beat BYU next week and they’ll solidify themselves as a favorite heading into Big 12 play.

1. TEXAS – What a difference a year makes. Anyone want to argue that the Longhorns don’t have the best resume in the conference? Until someone else steps up, and looks like what we know they are capable of, the Longhorns will remain at the top.

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