This week in the Big 12 produced some exciting games and some blowouts. Some teams seem to be on the rise while some seem to not quite have everything figured out yet. With the last week of non-conference play this week teams will be getting their final tuneups before they head into the Big12. How does the CRFF team think the Big 12 rankings shake out after this past week?
1. TCU (Last Week: T-1)
TCU was almost a unanimous number one this week receiving all but one first place votes. TCU destroyed a very overmatched Stephen F. Austin team last week, and this week goes on to face an SMU team that gave Baylor fits in their first game.
2. Baylor (Last Week: T-1)
Baylor struggled with Lamar early last week before pulling away late, something very similar to their contest versus SMU. This week the Bears take on a Rice team that lost pretty big to a bad Texas team.
3. Oklahoma (Last Week: 3)
The Sooners had a very impressive win in Knoxville this last weekend. If they can play like they did in the fourth quarter all season long they can challenge for the Big 12 title, however if they play like they did in the first three quarters things could get ugly. We'll see what team we get when they travel to Tulsa this week.
4. Oklahoma State (Last Week: 4)
The Pokes have so far looked unimpressive versus two mediocre at best teams. If the Cowboys want to contend for the Big 12 crown they will need to get their offensive line problems sorted out. They'll have one more week to do that before traveling to Texas when UTSA comes to town coming off a loss to Kansas State.
5. West Virginia (Last Week: 5)
The Mountaineers have looked very impressive in their first two victories against some less than stellar competition. That being said the defense is looking like one that could be the best in the Big 12. I am really high on the Mountaineers but we'll see if they're for real soon. They get an off week next week before they face Maryland and then the first real test when they travel to Norman to take on OU.
6. Kansas State (Last Week: 6)
Kansas State beat pretty handily a team that took Arizona to the wire in UTSA. There is still a lot of unknown about the Wildcats and we won't know until they start conference play as they face Louisiana Tech next week in a game that doesn't look to offer many answers.
7. Texas Tech (Last Week: 7)
The Red Raiders struggled early defensively versus UTEP before shutting them down and blowing them out. We'll know for sure about Tech after they travel to Arkansas to face a team that just lost to Toledo. The Razorbacks ran all over the Red Raiders last year, hopefully for Tech things have changed.
8. Texas (Last Week: 8)
The Longhorns got a victory over Rice this past week in what will probably be their biggest point total of the season. Texas scored from both special teams and defense on Saturday and they may need more of those contributions if they want to compete going forward. Jerrod Heard showed some good signs for Texas fans and maybe gave the some hope going forward.
9. Iowa State (Last Week: 9)
The Cyclones lost to their instate rival Iowa last week. This team doesn't look to be very different from other Cyclone teams in the past being mediocre at best. Maybe this could just be an outlier and Paul Rhodes could have this team turned around. We'll see as the season goes on.
10. Kansas (Last Week: 10)
Poor Kansas. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they are not going to win a game this year. They play Rutgers next week and then start Big 12 play. It's going to be a rough season for the Jayhawks.