Big 12 Stock Watch: Week 3

September, 14, 2011
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What's up and what's down in the Big 12 after two weeks of games?

RISING

Big 12 QB accuracy: They've all played only one game, but the Big 12 currently has three quarterbacks in the national top 11 in completions percentage. Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill completed 80.8 percent of his passes in a win over SMU and is third nationally. Baylor's Robert Griffin III completed 77.8 percent of his passes in a win over TCU and ranks seventh. Oklahoma's Landry Jones completed 74.5 percent of his passes and ranks 11th.

FALLING

Kansas' rushing troubles: The Jayhawks had just 45 rushes of longer than 10 yards last year, ranking 100th in the nation. This year, Kansas has 17 rushes longer than 10 yards through two games, more than any team in the Big 12. That ranks 10th nationally.

RISING

Quinn Sharp's leg: Oklahoma State's special teams Swiss army knife does a lot for the Cowboys, handling kickoff duties, field goals and punting. He's second in the nation in punting average, with 52.4 yards per kick, leads the nation by three with 11 touchbacks on 18 kickoffs, and has made five of six field goal attempts, more than just three kickers nationally. Sharp, in fact, used both legs to convert a fake punt against Arizona with a 23-yard run.

FALLING

Pressure around Iowa State: Did it seem like every time he needed to, Steele Jantz made a play this year? It's because he did. Iowa State leads the nation with a perfect record on fourth down conversions, converting all five attempts. Only Army (6) has converted more, but that came on nine attempts. Jantz extended the first overtime against Iowa with a fourth-down touchdown pass. He also kept alive the final game-tying drive before overtime with a two-yard run on 4th-and-1.

RISING

Brandon Weeden's big plays: Through two games, he has 29 passes of 10 yards or longer, more than every QB in the country except Case Keenum at Houston. Tied with him at 29? Arizona's Nick Foles, who faced off with Weeden in Stillwater last Thursday night.

FALLING

Brandon Weeden's touchdown-interception ratio: Oklahoma State's quarterback has made plenty of plays through two weeks, breaking his own school record with 42 completions against Arizona on Thursday night. He's got five touchdowns, but his four interceptions? No quarterback in college football has more. Tommy Rees at Notre Dame, Austin Davis at Southern Miss, Ryan Radcliff at Central Michigan, Morgan Newton at Kentucky and Bryn Renner at North Carolina all have four alongside Weeden, who also has five touchdowns.

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