<
>

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 4

9/18/2011

Well done across the Big 12, but still some movement after a 9-1 weekend for Big 12 teams. Bound to be some complaints for not moving up after great weeks, but look around, Big 12 fans: Everybody but the Jayhawks (and Oklahoma State's sleep cycles) had a great week.

1. Oklahoma (2-0, last week: 1): Oklahoma got Travis Lewis back, and the Sooners are on track for a national title through two weeks. The defense was tough throughout the night, and offensively, OU made plays when it had to after momentum had turned in a hostile environment. Big gut-check, and an impressive night.

2. Oklahoma State (3-0, LW: 2): OSU's offense is chugging along, but next week's trip to College Station should be a classic. OSU spent its Saturday night eating PB&J in the locker room before a 12:15 a.m. kickoff and a 3:36 a.m. finish against Tulsa. Don't expect OSU to use a 6 a.m. arrival back in Stillwater on Sunday morning as an excuse, though.

3. Texas A&M (2-0, LW: 3): The Aggies have been solid in both outings, but their first big test will be coming to Kyle Field next week. Last year's game was a classic, but A&M missed out on a chance to play for the Big 12 title with a loss. This time, Ryan Tannehill will get his shot at the Cowboys.

4. Baylor (2-0, LW: 4): I told you it was possible for Robert Griffin III to get better, and he's playing some of the best football of anyone in the country through two games. Baylor will likely be favored in its next three games before traveling to Kyle Field, but could the No. 17 Bears sneak into the top 10 by then?

5. Texas (3-0, LW: 5): Texas played its best game of the year on the road against UCLA, and just like it has every game this year, dominated the second half. Case McCoy is earning a bit more time than the more mobile David Ash, but that might fluctuate as games progress. Malcolm Brown is the real deal.

6. Missouri (2-1, LW: 6): Missouri got fewer votes in the polls than Iowa State this week, and based on the Cyclones' 3-0 record, that's probably fair, but Missouri still looks like the more complete team. Additionally, the Tigers are a 49-yard field goal from probably being in the top 15. That's telling if you ask me.

7. Iowa State (3-0, LW: 7): Iowa State has shown a flare for the dramatic, but heading into the bye week, the Cyclones are riding high. Three weeks, three fourth-quarter combacks. They've come against Northern Iowa, Iowa and UConn, but we'll learn a bit more about the Cyclones when they play Texas on Oct. 1.

8. Texas Tech (2-0, LW: 8): Tech looked good against New Mexico, but you don't move up in the power rankings by thrashing a team that's won two games in just over two seasons, no matter how accurate the quarterback is. Texas Tech might be better than Iowa State, Missouri, Texas or even Baylor. But we won't know for a few weeks. Thus, here the Red Raiders sit.

9. Kansas State (2-0, LW: 10): Kansas State looked pretty good against a weak Kent State team, much better than it did against Eastern Kentucky in the opener. But...read that sentence again. Time to strap up with a trip to Miami on the way this week.

10. Kansas (2-1, LW: 9): Welcome back. Your dreams were your ticket out (of the basement). Welcome back, to that same place you laughed about (when Kansas State was here). The defense has a long way to go.