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2017 Season - Week 3

The LGG Big 12 Rankings: Week 3

The Sooners are a unanimous number one while the there’s a new basement dweller in the Big 12.

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The LGG Big 12 Rankings: Week 3

The Big 12 really couldn’t have asked for a better week two as we start to get a better feel for each of the Big 12 squads. There were some big wins, and a couple of the rankings were very tight, but overall, there isn’t a lot of movement in the rankings this week.

Here’s how the LGG staff ranks the Big 12 heading into week three.

1. Oklahoma [2-0]

Points: 10 [10]
Previous Ranking: 1
Last Week: Beat #2 Ohio State, 31-16
This Week: vs Tulane

The Sooners cemented their spot at the top of the rankings by sweeping the first-place votes after pulling off the upset in Columbus on Saturday night. The season is young, but you could argue that a win on the road against the number two team in the country is the most impressive win so far by anyone.

2. Oklahoma State [2-0]

Points: 20
Previous Ranking: 2
Last Week: Beat South Alabama, 44-7
This Week: at Pitt

The Cowboys went down to Alabama and made light work of the Jaguars. We won’t see Oklahoma State tested until this weekend, but so far, their offense looks like the stuff of a defensive coordinator’s nightmares.

3. Kansas State [2-0]

Points: 37
Previous Ranking: 3
Last Week: Beat Charlotte, 55-7
Next Week: at Vanderbilt

The voting between spots 3-5 was pretty close, but K-State held serve for another week. The Wildcats took care of business for the second week in a row, but they have yet to be truly tested. That will change in week three when they visit Vanderbilt.

4. TCU [2-0]

Points: 38
Previous Ranking: 4
Last Week: Beat Arkansas, 28-7
This Week: vs SMU

It’s looking more and more like we seriously underrated the Horned Frogs in our preseason poll. They jumped two spots last week, and after beating Arkansas on Saturday, nearly jumped the Wildcats. However, if the Frogs are going to keep advancing, they have to improve under center as up and down play by QB Kenny Hill limits this team’s potential.

5. West Virginia [1-1]

Points: 45
Previous Ranking: 5
Last Week: Beat East Carolina, 56-20
This Week: vs Delaware State

Quarterback Will Grier went off against a bad East Carolina team on Saturday and showed us just what has the Mountaineer faithful so excited. We will have to wait a few weeks for him to show that he can do it against stiffer competition, but with Delaware State up next, expect more eye-popping numbers.

6. Iowa State [1-1]

Points: 68
Previous Ranking: 6
Last Week: Lost to Iowa, 44-41
This Week: at Akron

The Cyclones fell to Iowa on Saturday, but even in a loss you can see the progress that has been made from last season. Iowa State will have a chance to get back into the win column this week as they hit the road for their first away game.

7. Texas [1-1]

Points: 70
Previous Ranking: 8 [🔺1]
Last Week: Beat San Jose State, 56-0
This Week: as USC

In a game that hasn’t gotten the attention it may have if it wasn’t for the monster win by the Sooners, the Longhorns bounced back in impressive fashion in week two, knocking off SJSU 56-0. Ya, we hear you, it’s SJSU, but 56-0 is impressive no matter who it is, and quarterback Sam Ehlinger had a decent day in his debut performance. Don’t go expecting a win against USC, though.

8. Texas Tech [1-0]

Points: 72
Previous Ranking: 7 [🔻1]
Last Week: Bye
This Week: vs Arizona State

The Red Raiders remained undefeated in their bye week, but they were barely edged out by Texas in the votes. They looked good in week one behind quarterback Nic Shimonek, but they will face their first real test this week as Arizona State comes to Lubbock. We’re about to find out a lot about the Red Raiders.

9. Kansas [1-1]

Points: 91
Previous Ranking: 9
Last Week: Lost to Central Michigan, 45-27
This Week: at Ohio

Oh Kansas, that wasn’t the game we were hoping for. The Jayhawks were a 5.5-point favorite over CMU, but got handled by the Chippewas. It was never going to be an overnight turn around by the Jayhawks, but they will have an opportunity to show us something against Ohio this week.

10. Baylor [0-2]

Points: 99
Previous Ranking: 10
Last Week: Lost to UTSA, 17-10
This Week: at Duke

The Big 12 has a new basement dweller. How the Bears were a 17-point favorite against UTSA, we will never know. They were manhandled by Liberty in week one, and that continued into week two. Baylor is playing about as good as you would expect a team two that’s missing a lot of depth and has a brand new coach and brand new system. Sorry Sic ‘Em Nation, it’s going to be a long rebuild. At this point, a win this season seems unlikely.

The basement of the #Big12 has a new tenant 😂 Credit: Grant Thome

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