Sorry guys, This week’s shenanigans with the website have put us a bit behind schedule. Better late than never though, as they say, so let’s get right into it. Here’s our power rankings for the Big 12 entering week two.
1. Oklahoma (1-0)
The Sooners cemented themselves as the team to beat in the Big 12 after man-handling FAU in every way possible. Make no mistake, while 63-14 score makes it look like they feasted on a cupcake, the FAU roster is full of Power Five talent and many pundits believe they could be a Top 25 team. There isn’t a defensive coordinator in the conference looking forward to going up against this offense.
2. West Virginia (1-0)
I have to give the Mountaineers props. I said that for me to believe they can get over the hump and be a Big 12 contender, they needed to make a statement against Tennessee. They did, and behind Heisman candidate Will Grier, along with a new 4-2-5 defense, showed that they can challenge for the Big 12 Title.
3. TCU (1-0)
The Sooners and the Mountaineers are getting all the buzz, but I wouldn’t go ruling out the Horned Frogs. Beating up on Southern 55-7 isn’t very sexy, but Patterson’s crew showed everything you would want to see out of a game like that. Sophomore quarterback Shawn Robinson showed they he’s ready for the spotlight, as well. He completed 70 percent of his passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns before he was sent to the bench at halftime.
4. Oklahoma State (1-0)
The Cowboys also devoured a cupcake in week one, but their game left a few more questions to answer. One of the biggest questions for Oklahoma State is replacing Mason Rudolph. To that, Taylor Cornelius wasn’t overly impressive. He had a decent outing, and his decision making was good, but he had some missed throws that left you scratching your head. The biggest issue though, may be the offensive line. It struggled to get a push against the Missouri State defensive line in the redzone. That’s something to watch as Boise State comes to Stillwater in week three.
5. Iowa State (0-0)
The Cyclones played for all of about five minutes before their game was rained out. In the limited peek we got though, they looked good and were already up 7-0 when the game was cancelled. Obviously, we don’t know much about this team yet. However, compared to most of the teams below them, that’s a good thing because they still have hope.
6. Texas (0-1)
For the second-straight year, reality has come at the Longhorns fast, and reality’s name is Maryland. The Terrapins jumped out all over Texas, early. The Longhorns battled out of a 24-7 hole to take the lead entering the fourth quarter, but failed to hold on to win. Where to start? The offense was inept, and the defense wasn’t terrible at times, but didn’t come close to living up to the hype. They’ve got a lot to figure out as they are looking at a 2-4 start to the season if things don’t change.
7. Baylor (1-0)
Of the bottom half of the conference, the Bears had by far the best outing. In signs of significant improvement from last season, Baylor took care of Abilene Christian, 55-27. How far can they bounce back this season? We won’t know that for a few more weeks, but if Texas keeps playing the way the did in week one, Baylor might climb another rung before this is all done.
8. Texas Tech (0-1)
So, about that defense? Perhaps is was too ambitious to believe the Texas Tech defense would be the difference-maker this season. After all, it’s a defense that ranked 98th in points given up last season. Mississippi put 546 yards and 47 points on them, and showed that if Texas Tech wants to win, it’s going to be on the offense to outscore the other side. That only happened three times in Big 12 play last season, and it doesn’t look like much will change for this season.
9. Kansas State (1-0)
The Wildcats may have been the biggest disappointment of the weekend. Most believed that Kansas State would pick up where they left off at the end of last season — winning their last three games — but Saturday was a wake up call. The Cats were lucky to escape with a win, and with 18th-ranked Mississippi State coming to Manhattan this week, things might get worse before they get better.
10. Kansas (0-1)
Welp, the Jayhawks are just as bad as we feared. Unlike their in-state rival who managed to at least win their game against an FCS foe, Kansas fell to Nicholls, 26-23. It was an ugly game all around, and many are left wondering if coach David Beaty will make it to the end of the season. For now, Kansas is in the Big 12 basement, and I wouldn’t expect that to change at any point this season.