Like in the Coaches Poll, West Virginia and Texas dropped from poll, but unlike the Coaches Poll, TCU jumped in the AP Top 25 at number 23 to help mitigate the damage. Notre Dame was the other new team to enter the poll at number 24.
Big 12 In Week 2 AP Poll
11. Oklahoma State
19. Kansas State
Receiving Votes: West Virginia and Texas Tech
After sloppy games from Southern California and Washington against inferior opponents, Oklahoma rose two spots to reach the top five. They are preceded by Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Penn State. In somewhat of a surprise, Oklahoma State dropped from number 10 to 11 in order to make room for Michigan who jumped three spots to number eight. Kansas State is still flying under the radar a bit, to the delight of Bill Snyder, only moving up to number 19.
The Big 12 is still in pretty good shape in the AP Poll heading into week two. Forty percent of the league is still ranked in the top 25 which is only behind the SEC’s 43 percent mark. Also, West Virginia is effectively ranked number 28 with essentially three guaranteed wins coming up on the schedule.
The Big 12 absolutely needs TCU to win this week at Arkansas. Not only is it a solid win over an SEC opponent, but it would provide the chance for the Big 12 to get five teams (or half the league) ranked in the top 25. This would be very beneficial for the league’s perception heading into conference play. This is of course reliant on the top three ranked teams in the league holding up their end of the bargain in the non-conference.
And how about Texas Tech receiving votes this week? The Red Raiders entered this season with their coach on the hot seat, and several people thought the Red Raiders could be upset by FCS Eastern Washington, who took down Washington State in last season’s opener. Tech looked good in the 56-10 win, and now they have two winnable games against Arizona State and Houston ahead of them. If Tech can win these games, making a bowl game is certainly attainable.