The latest College Football AP Top-25 Poll was released on Sunday and the Big 12 was easily the hardest hit conference of the Power-5.
The Big 12 is down to just two ranked teams in the latest poll, with both dropping. Despite a 70-14 win over FCS South Dakota, Oklahoma went from No 4. to No. 5, getting jumped by LSU who moved up two spots after their 45-38 win over Texas.
Speaking of Texas, after their loss to LSU, the Longhorns dropped outside the Top-10, moving from No. 9 to No. 12.
The Big 12’s previous third ranked team, Iowa State, dropped out of the Top-25 completely during their “off” (it’s not a bye) week. They fell from tied-for 25th to 26th, but are 26 points behind now No. 25 USC (voters love themselves some Trojans).
So, here’s how things stand for the Big 12 now:
- 5. Oklahoma
- 12. Texas
- RV: Iowa, State, TCU, Oklahoma State
Iowa State has a HUGE opportunity to not only jump back into the Top-25, but to impress all of college football. Along with a home match-up against No. 19 Iowa, ESPN’s College Gameday is coming to Ames for the first time in history.
After a disappointing Week-One performance against FCS Northern Iowa, and a week off, the Cyclones need to not only bounce back, but beat the Hawkeyes for the first time under head coach Matt Campbell. If they do, welcome back to the Top-25. If not, it might be time to reset the expectations for the Cyclones this season.
Big 12 Opportunities
TCU and Oklahoma State are the only other Big 12 teams to receive votes every week since week one. Both have opportunities this weekend to pull more voters onto their side.
TCU has the better opportunity on the road at Purdue. Yes, the Boilermakers are 1-1 after a season-opening loss to Nevada and a week-2 win over Vanderbilt. But a road win over a Power-5 team offers TCU a chance to show how much (if at all) their offense has grown since week-1. More importantly, if the Horned Frogs can in anyway shut down Purdue receiver Rondale Moore, they’ll not only impress voters, they’ll scare the shit out of every top receiver in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State’s match-up isn’t going to move the needle as much at TCU’s, but a road game at Tulsa offers another chance to put up points. More importantly, it’s an opportunity for the Cowboys’ defense to show improvement against an improved Golden Hurricane offense. A big win will only bring more voters to the OSU side.
This week features multiple Big 12 vs. Power-5 match-ups. One has the opportunity to get another Big 12 team, at least, among the RV squads; Kansas State at Mississippi State.
Iowa State vs. Iowa is going to get all the attention this week, but the Wildcats traveling south the face the Bulldogs offers a unique opportunity for the Big 12 to earn some credibility (Mississippi State is among the teams currently RV in the AP Top 25, meaning some voters thing they’re good). It will also let college football fans to find out for sure if Kansas State is for real in year-one of new head coach Chris Klieman, or if they’ve just faced really bad competition.
The Wildcats are 2-0 so far, beating their two opponents by a combined 101-14. Yes, they’ve faced an FCS team in Nicholls and a bad Bowling Green squad, but other teams with new coaches haven’t fared as well to start the season. If KSU can head down to Starksville and come away with a win, then not only do the Wildcats deserve to be in the RV category, they deserve serious consideration among the Top-25.