Week one is in the books, and it was a bit of a mix bag for the Big 12. It was a solid performance by the conference, save a couple of embarrassing losses. Those losses have shaken up the bottom of the LGG Big 12 Rankings Poll.
Points: 13 
Previous Ranking: 1
Last Week: Beat UTEP, 56-7
Next Week: at Ohio State
The Sooners won in dominate fashion on Saturday, so it’s no surprise that they remain at the top for another week. They came out focused and took care of business in a way, that if we are honest, we aren’t used to seeing from the Sooners this early in the season. Under coach Stoops, the had a bad habit of needing a few weeks to warm up. A test in week 2 will either cement the Sooners at number one for weeks to come or leave an opening for someone else to sit atop the Big 12.
2. Oklahoma State
Points: 17 
Previous Ranking: 2
Last Week: Beat Tulsa, 59-24
Next Week: at South Alabama
The Pokes remain at number two after a convincing win over Tulsa. Had it not been for a couple of bone-headed plays and a garbage-time touchdown, the score would have been even more lopsided that it is. The Cowboys offense looked unstoppable, and they should have no problem fending off South Alabama this week.
3. Kansas State
Previous Ranking: 3
Last Week: Beat Central Arkansas, 55-19
Next Week: vs Charlotte
It took the Wildcats a little bit to get going, but once they did they poured it on. Jesse Ertz, not normally known for his throwing prowess, had himself a day. He went 10/16 for 333 yards and four touchdowns, and led the country in passing efficiency. With Charlotte up next we would like to see K-State start strong and shore up the run defense. The Wildcats gave up 4.1 yards per rush to Central Arkansas.
Previous Ranking: 6 [🔺2]
Last Week: Beat Jackson State, 63-0
Next Week: at Arkansas
TCU took care of business against Jackson State, and is our first big mover in the standings. Up two spots from the preseason rankings, the Horned Frogs showed how dangerous they can be when they live up to their potential. Their success rests on quarterback Kenny Hill, and he went 18/23 for 206 yards and four touchdowns. However, there were a few questionable throws, one of which led to an interception. With Arkansas up next, it won’t take long to find out just what kind of team there is in Fort Worth.
5. West Virginia
Previous Ranking: 4 [🔻1]
Last Week: Lost to Virginia Tech, 31-24
Next Week: vs East Carolina
The hype around Morgantown entering the 2017 season was fever-pitch, but reality came calling over the weekend. It took almost the entire first half for quarterback Will Grier to knock off the rust, but it’s clear that he can spin it. Ultimately the loss to Virginia Tech shouldn’t derail any of the preseason aspirations, but the Mountaineers need to bounce back in a big way against ECU. If they can take care of business in week two, they should still be considered a contender in the Big 12.
6. Iowa State
Previous Ranking: 7 [🔺1]
Last Week: Beat Northern Iowa, 42-24
Next Week: vs Iowa
If there was ever a marker for how much a team has improved, it’s the Iowa State-Northern Iowa matchup from a year ago to last Saturday. The Panthers embarrassed the Cyclones in 2016, but 2017 was all Iowa State. We said all summer that Iowa State may be the most improved team in the conference behind quarterback Jacob Park, and he showed why one Saturday. He went 27/35 for 271 yards and a touchdown. We will know just what the ceiling is for this team in just a few days as they have a big test up next against in-state rival Iowa.
7. Texas Tech
Previous Ranking: 9 [🔺2]
Last Week: Beat Eastern Washington, 56-10
Next Week: Bye
We may have sold Texas Tech a little short in our preseason predictions. The Red Raiders looked sharp against Eastern Washington. The Red Raiders were narrowly edged out by the Cyclones in this week’s poll, but it’s clear that they have us taking a second look. They have a bye this week as they prepare to welcome Arizona State to Lubbock next week, and all of a sudden, it’s a game that looks very winnable.
Previous Ranking: 5 [🔻3]
Last Week: Lost to Maryland, 51-41
Next Week: vs San Jose State
If Longhorn fans were looking for a sign of improvement under Tom Herman, they didn’t get it. Texas looked awful in their loss to Maryland, a Big Ten mid-tier team at best. To make matters worse, the Terps didn’t play very well themselves. They gave Texas multiple opportunities, but the Longhorns were too busy tripping over themselves to take advantage. This loss is a disaster for Texas. If they can’t put it together, then fans may be longing for the Charlie Strong era and going 5-7. The good news is, we still don’t know what the cap is for this team if they limit the mistakes. We need to see significant improvement in that area in week two against a terrible San Jose State team.
Previous Ranking: 10 [🔺1]
Last Week: Beat SE Missouri State, 38-16
Next Week: vs Central Michigan
For the first time in the history of the LGG, Kansas is not in the bottom of the weekly rankings! And, they didn’t receive a single vote for last place, either. Saturday was a solid win for the Jayhawks, and they enter this week’s game against Central Michigan a 5.5 favorite. For the first time in years, David Beaty is giving Jayhawk Nation something to be excited about.
Previous Ranking: 8 [🔻2]
Last Week: Lost to Liberty, 48-35
Next Week: vs UTSA
Kansas didn’t receive a single 10th-place vote because Baylor got all of them. The Bears didn’t just lose to Liberty, they were flat out beat. The difference is that this isn’t a case where the lesser team got a couple of lucky breaks and pulled off the upset. No, we could argue the better team won that game. Liberty controlled the trenches on both sides of the ball, which should never happen in a game against Liberty and Baylor. Liberty also had speed and was able to keep up with the Bears in the skill positions. The Bears have an opportunity to bounce back this week against UTSA, but if they fall short, it is going to be a long, long season for Baylor.