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2019 Big 12 Power Rankings | Week 1

M. Hofeld

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Here we go! Game the first full game week of the college football season is upon us. That means it is time for our weekly Big 12 Power Rankings to come back around.

Just as a reminder. Our writers rank the conference from first to worst, providing explanations for their top two and bottom three rankings.

Heartland Sports Week 1 Big 12 Power Rankings
RankingPoints
1. Oklahoma50
2. Texas44
3. Iowa State41
4. TCU32
5. Oklahoma State29
6. Baylor27
7. Texas Tech22
8. West Virginia13
9. Kansas State12
10. Kansas5

Rich

1. Oklahoma | It’s hard to knock a program that consistently finds a way to win regardless of who is under center. Moving forward, the question mark remains on the defensive side of the ball. However, Lincoln Riley has proven that a high flying offense can win the Big 12 on numerous occasions. Until someone knocks the group from the top, the conference belongs to Oklahoma.

2. Texas | The number one challenger to end the reign of the previously mentioned program, the Longhorns are trending upward. Yet, decision making and field awareness from the quarterback position hurt Texas in the long run. Behind the single point of reason, UT holds down the second spot in the power rankings.

3. Iowa State | Possessing the most capable defense of paper, the Cyclones are primed to make waves in the conference. While Brock Purdy enters a second season as the starter, the offensive weapons of last year are gone. It will take a few names to rise to the occasion in order for ISU to surprise the two aforementioned programs.

4. TCU

5. Baylor

6. Oklahoma State

7. Texas Tech

8. West Virginia

9. Kansas State | With a sluggish offense, the Wildcats need a bit of excitement to surround the football team. Chris Klieman has that potential but it has yet to be realized. The floor may be low here but the future ceiling appears high.

10. Kansas | There’s no denying that Les Miles can build a program into a contender within the conference. Knowing the coach has a proven track record, I simply do not believe he has the talent to do so this year.

Craig

1. Oklahoma |The Sooners have a lot of questions surrounding their roster. Including a huge question mark on the offensive line with four new starters in 2019. However, they’ve had similar questions in previous seasons, and still managed to win four straight conference titles. Oklahoma remains at the top until someone else proves they are number one.

2. Texas | If anyone is going to dethrone the Sooners, it’s going to be the Longhorns. Tom Herman definitely has Texas trending in the right direction. With Sam Ehlinger back in charge of the offense will 2019 finally be the year Texas is back?

3. Iowa State | Matt Campbell has done one of the best coaching jobs in recent years. He’s completely changed the Cyclones football program. They’ve had some impressive starts, and some big time wins in recent years. Considering Iowa State has the best defense in the Big 12, I’ll take them as my dark horse to win the conference.

4. Oklahoma State

5. TCU

6. Texas Tech

7. Baylor

8. West Virginia

9. Kansas State | The Wildcats made an excellent hire in Chris Klieman to take over the program after Bill Snyder. However, Kansas State simply needs more time. It’s going to be quite the rebuilding period for a team who has stayed fairly relevant for a decade.

10. Kansas | The Jayhawks, another Kansas school in a rebuilding phase. I’m excited to see what Les Miles can do with this program. I think they may surprise some people this season. That being said, they will need some more time to get things back on track.

Zack

1. Oklahoma | To be the best, you have to beat the best, and nobody has managed to dethrone the Sooners as the Big 12’s best in the last 4 years. Of the Big 12’s 23 years, Oklahoma has 12 conference football championships. History speaks for itself.

2. Texas | The Longhorns have been on the road to being “back” for a few seasons now, and if they want to inch a little closer to that mark, this would be the season to do it. They have plenty of talent returning, but will they capitalize?

3. Iowa State | Just a few seasons ago, the Cyclones were bottom-dwellers in the conference, but in just 3 years, Matt Campbell has turned Iowa State into a dark horse to win the Big 12.

4. TCU

5. Oklahoma State

6. Texas Tech

7. Baylor

8. Kansas State

9. West Virginia | The Mountaineers are dealing with a load of change coming into this season, and while it may end up being good for the future, it’s likely to be a long year.

10. Kansas | Les Miles or not, the Jayhawks are still the Jayhawks. If they can manage 3 wins on the season with at least one of those being a conference win, you can call it a success, but there’s basically no way they win more than that.

Mark

1. Oklahoma | Lincoln Riley may have lost another Heisman winner but he still has plenty of offensive talent to work with and I have a hard time picking anyone else win the Big 12 other than OU until someone knocks them off.

2. Iowa State | The Cyclones have a ton of experience returning on the defensive side and the offensive line. That paired with Purdy returning at QB is a great combo to have going into the season.

3. Texas | Coming off an impressive Sugar Bowl win and talent all over the field, this is going to be a fun team to watch! But the question remains: is Texas actually back?

4. Baylor

5. Oklahoma State

6. TCU

7. Texas Tech

8. Kansas State

9. West Virginia | In contrast to Iowa State, the Mountaineers have question marks all over the defense and the offensive line. I’m excited to see how Austin Kendall does with his shot to lead a team.

10. Kansas | Les Miles has his hands full this season, but I do believe that they’ll surprise someone this season and keep working to improve. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Les is going to like his welcome back to the Big 12.

Matt

1. Oklahoma | The Sooners are Kings of the Conference until someone proves otherwise. Yes, it really is that simple.

2. Texas | The Big 12 needs Oklahoma/Texas to be a relevant game with significant implications and that’s what it has become again.

3. Iowa State | I’m a firm believer that Iowa State will have the best defense in the conference and that is what will ultimately put them in the conference championship game.

4. TCU

5. Baylor

6. Oklahoma State

7. Texas Tech

8. West Virginia

9. Kansas State | The Wildcats are starting over and have holes on multiple levels on both sides of the ball.

10. Kansas | Don’t let the fact that Kansas beat TCU last year distract you from the fact that Kansas beat Texas in 2016.

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