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Sooners Hold Steady Atop Week Two Conference Power Rankings

M. Hofeld

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Preseason speculation has come and gone leaving a team’s product on the field as the only means of evaluation. For some teams that’s just fine and for some others it’s really bad. This week’s power rankings reflect just that.

Big 12 Week One – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Good

Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, West Virginia, and Baylor all rolled to big wins last weekend. West Virginia scored a huge win over Tennessee and the Sooners looked every bit the part of a conference champion in their thrashing of Florida Atlantic.

The Bad

While West Virginia was beating up on the SEC Texas Tech was taking it on the chin against Ole Miss. The loss puts the Red Raiders in a hole to start the season and Kliff Kingsbury rumors are already in the air.

Texas lost on opening weekend to Maryland, for the second year in a row, bursting a burnt orange bubble. Texas was outscored 10-0 in the fourth quarter after taking a 29-24 lead in the third.

Kansas State finds itself here in the “Bad Section” despite winning. The Wildcats snuck away from Manhattan with a 27-24 win over South Dakota. KSU rallied to outscore South Dakota 15-0 in the fourth quarter…but that means they trailed for three quarters.

The Ugly

This section belongs mostly to Kansas, and you get the feeling that they’ll be featured here a whole lot this year. The Jayhawks dropped their season opener, to Nicholls, 26-23 in overtime.

Weather was also terrible over the weekend with multiple games getting cancelled. Iowa State was among the teams not able to play. The Cyclones will get started this weekend against Iowa.

Power Rankings

Oklahoma State moves up a spot this week to #4 after a convincing win over Missouri State. Rich was the only writer thinking the Pokes didn’t deserve that high of a ranking. Instead, he had Iowa State at #4. The Cyclones didn’t play on Saturday due to weather.

The Wildcats won ugly, but they still won and moved up a spot this week. Texas losing to Maryland was to their benefit as far as the power rankings go.

For obvious reasons the Texas Longhorns take the largest tumble this week, dropping three spots from fourth to seventh.

Baylor swaps spots with Texas Tech for the #9 place in the rankings. The Bears did win but didn’t look awesome in doing so. As far as the Red Raiders go, let’s just say that it’s going to be an interesting season out in West Texas.

 Heartland Sports Week Two Big 12 Power Rankings
Ranking Points
1. Oklahoma 40
2. West Virginia 36
3. TCU 32
4. Oklahoma State 27
5. Iowa State 25
6. Kansas State 19
7. Texas 15
8. Baylor 14
9. Texas Tech 8
10. Kansas 4

Craig
1. Oklahoma | The Sooners looked far more impressive than I expected on Saturday. Sure, the offense was incredible. However, what stuck out to me was the performance on the defensive end. If Oklahoma can maintain a solid defense to compete alongside the offense, I’m not sure any other team in the Big 12 has a chance.

2. West Virginia | Much like the Sooners, the Mountaineers exceeding expectations in their season opener. West Virginia absolutely dominated Tennessee on both ends of the ball. That being said, offense isn’t exactly what the SEC is known for. This leaves plenty of questions about West Virginia’s defense.

3. TCU | The Horned Frogs round out my top three for this week, but they aren’t anywhere near the top two in my opinion. Beating Southern University isn’t saying much, but I guess a 55-7 win looks solid regardless of the opponent.

4. Oklahoma State

5. Iowa State

6. Kansas State

7. Baylor

8. Texas

9. Texas Tech | Heading into the season we knew the Red Raiders were going to struggle. This is exactly where I expected Texas Tech to be after week one. Kliff Kingsbury has his work cut out if he wants to see a bowl game at the end of the year.

10. Kansas | Kansas has become an absolute embarrassment. The Jayhawks have lost to three FCS opponents in recent years. It could be a “goose egg” of a season for the Jayhawks this year.

Zack

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners put up the most impressive performance of the weekend as they smacked Florida Atlantic by more than twice the spread. The offense was clicking, and the defense looked incredible, but they will get a better test this Saturday as they play host the UCLA Bruins in Norman.

2. West Virginia | The Mountaineers were somehow nearly double-digit underdogs headed into Knoxville on Saturday, but they handled the Volunteers with ease, despite a long weather delay. They have an easy match-up with Youngstown State on Saturday, so they should stay locked in at #2 for now.

3. TCU | The Horned Frogs didn’t face much competition against Southern University and A&M College, but they handled business, and they looked efficient while doing it.

4. Oklahoma State

5. Iowa State

6. Kansas State

7. Texas

8. Baylor

9. Texas Tech | The Red Raiders received a beat-down from Ole Miss on Saturday, and until they prove they’re not a joke, they will stay near the bottom of the conference.

10. Kansas | The Jayhawks lost to FCS-foe Nichols in overtime on Saturday. This is the second loss to an FCS team by Kansas in the last four years. For now, the Jayhawks reign supreme as the basement dwellers of the Big 12.

Rich

1. Oklahoma | Against an opponent the AP ranked at No. 30, the Sooners put on a showcase in every facet of the game. Shutting down an offense that ranked inside the top ten nationally a year ago put the rest of the nation on notice. This team appears to be the real deal and clearly the front runner of the pack.

2. West Virginia | On a neutral field, Will Grier proved why he’s a Heisman candidate as the Mountaineers dismantled Tennessee. If the defense continues to turn in performances like the one Saturday, this team could easily find themselves in the CFP mix.

3. TCU | Against an FCS school, the Horned Frogs were able to employee an extremely vanilla scheme on both sides of the ball. Without much to go on in 55-7 win, this team retains a spot in the to three until proven otherwise.

4. Iowa State

5. Oklahoma State

6. Texas

7. Kansas State

8. Baylor

9. Texas Tech | Expected to rack up win after win in the early season, the Red Raiders entered game one as the favorite. Unfortunately, the offense failed to put up the number of points fan have become accustomed to while the defense struggled to stop Ole Miss. While things continue to spiral downward, the future of Kingsbury remains in jeopardy at the university.

10. Kansas | This program lost to an FCS opponent, enough said.

Matt

1. Oklahoma | The show that Kyler Murray put on last Saturday was spectacular, however the intensity and effort by the defense was even more impressive. The Sooners very much looked the part of a playoff contender.

2. West Virginia | Undoubtedly the Mountaineers picked up the best win for the Big 12 Conference in week one. They looked quite impressive in doing so as well. All of the reasons I was impressed with Oklahoma’s performance on Saturday apply to West Virginia as well.

3. TCU | Yes the Frogs played a cupcake, but they sure looked good in doing so. Southern is probably on par with Oklahoma State’s opening week opponent, Missouri State, but TCU dismantled them with a little more authority.

4. Oklahoma State

5. Iowa State

6. Kansas State

7. Texas

8. Baylor

9. Texas Tech | Kliff Kingsbury is officially on the hot seat! It has been a long time coming for the former Red Raider quarterback but there’s no denying that it’s here. Hosting Lamar this weekend will bring a better result for Tech but it’ll do little to remover pressure.

10. Kansas | The writing is on the wall for Kansas head coach Dave Beaty and there’s no way he’s getting out of it. The big question now is, will he finish the season?

Week Two Schedule

TCU vs. SMU (Friday)

Mississippi State at Kansas State

UCLA at Oklahoma

Kansas at Central Michigan

Lamar at Texas Tech

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Youngstown State at West Virginia

Baylor at UTSA

South Alabama at Oklahoma State

Tulsa at Texas

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