If you would have told me that Texas would be carrying the conference banner after college football’s opening weekend came to a close then I would have told you that you were crazy. That’s exactly what happened though as the Longhorns scored the top win for the Big 12 over the weekend by downing #10 Notre Dame, 50-47, in Austin.
While Texas ended the weekend as the most talked about team in the southwest, other schools are trying to put the pieces back together after a devastating loss (we see you Iowa State), and yet others are trying to figure out a way to get back on track before conference play starts. Here’s this week’s good, bad, and ugly of the Big 12.
Congrats to all of the teams that participated in a glorified scrimmage and did exactly what they should have done. We’ll have to wait at least another week to see what Oklahoma State, Baylor, and Texas Tech will have to offer this season as they all won soundly over terrible opponents.
Texas Longhorns | Good for you Charlie Strong! The Big 12 is a better conference with Texas as a contender and that’s been a missing link for the last several years.
Kansas Jayhawks | Let’s not even look down the road here. Let’s just celebrate the first win in football since November 8, 2014.
West Virginia Mountaineers | WVU quietly put away former Big 12 and current SEC member Missouri 26-11 on Saturday.
Kansas State | The only loser’s to make the “good list” this week. Kansas State had a solid showing at Stanford, on Friday night, in a game where many (including myself) thought they would get run out of the stadium.
Oklahoma Sooners | OU came into opening weekend as the Kings of the Conference and now have get a bunch of things figured out before Ohio State comes calling in less than two weeks.
TCU | The Frogs got the win on Saturday night but a team that was picked to contend for the conference crown gave up 41 points to South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits are pretty salty at football but TCU made them look like Big 12 contenders.
Iowa State | Look, we all knew that Matt Campbell had his work cut out for him but they just lost to a Northern Iowa team that the Cyclones opened up against last year with a 31-7 win.
Big 12 Power Rankings
- Oklahoma State
- West Virginia
- Kansas State
- Texas Tech
- Iowa State