The Big 12 is back to having three teams ranked in the AP Top 25 poll with the Horned Frogs joining Oklahoma and Texas.
TCU makes its poll debut for the season at No. 25 while Oklahoma and Texas remain at No. 6 and No. 12.
While the Horned Frogs moved into the Top 25, the biggest movers for the Big 12 were actually Kansas State who went from not receiving a single vote, to one spot outside the Top 25 and appearing in the polls of 25 voters.
So here is where things stand after week 3:
- 5. Oklahoma
- 12. Texas
- 25. TCU
- RV: Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State
It’s nice to see TCU in and Kansas State on the verge. But considering how well the Big 12 has done in non-conference play, you’d think it could earn a little more respect.
In non-conference play, the Big 12 currently has the most wins over Power 5 teams (7), the best winning percentage against Power 5 competition (63.6%), the best overall win percentage (83.3%), and is the only conference without a single team with a losing record (Iowa State is .500 at 1-1).
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 was the “winning” conference of the week, seeing two new teams — Cal and Arizona State — move into the Top 25 to give the conference six ranked teams. That’s the most they’ve had in nearly four years.
I understand that the Big 12 doesn’t necessarily have a marquee win to hang its hat on. The best ones at this point are probably Mississippi State, NC State, and… Houston (it counts). But the problem now is, the conference is about to start eating it’s own, meaning the likelihood of seeing five Big 12 teams ranked this year is becoming unlikely.
Should Be In
I don’t have a problem with TCU being ranked. They were the Big 12 highest in the “RV” category that they went on the road to beat a Power 5 team by three touchdowns.
But Kansas State to this point has been far more impressive than TCU, beat a much better road opponent, and is 3-0 instead of 2-0. Not to mention, looked better in their FCS game.
This really speaks to the issue with preseason rankings more than anything. Props to Arizona State and Cal for getting ranked, but I’d put Kansas State above both of those teams at this point.
The Wildcats are “off” in week four, meaning a couple of losses by top-25 teams could move them into the rankings. But they SHOULD get in based on their performance. I think it will.