Big 12 Power Rankings

Sooners, 'Horns lead the pack in the beat up Big 12.

(1) Oklahoma (2-0)
The Sooners worked out some kinks against a talented Bowling Green squad and then nearly hung half-a-hundo on Houston in the first half. The way things are shaping up at this point, anything less than a Big 12 title, and maybe even a national title, will be a major disappointment for Bob Stoops and Co. Up Next: Oregon.

(2) Texas (2-0)
Are the Longhorns for real? Probably not, but an early season win on the road against a quality SEC opponent is a step in the right direction. That is of course until Brown puts on the headsets in the second Saturday in October. Up Next: Bye.

(3) Colorado (2-0)
Some how, some way Gary Barnett has managed to lead the 'Buffs to the best pair of wins by any Big 12 team so far this season (Colorado State, Washington State). Up next: North Texas.

(4) Okie State (2-0)
Air raid sirens were going off non-stop in Stillwater on Saturday as redshirt freshman quarterback Donovan Woods set a career high and a Boone Pickens Stadium record with three completions against Tulsa's vaunted pass defense. Look for reality to set in once Big 12 play starts. Up next: SMU.

(5) Kansas (2-0)
Break up the Jayhawks. Mark Mangino's crew is flying high after back-to-back wins over Tulsa and Toledo. However, if the 'Buffs and Jayhawks are the best the North has to offer, the Big 12 might as well go ahead give the title to the winner of OU-Texas or just let the two have a rematch this December in Kansas City. Up next: at Northwestern.

(6) Texas A&M (1-1)
The Fighting Franchione's bounced back from their embarrassing loss to Utah with a 31-0 shutout of Wyoming at Kyle Field. Seriously though, how many Big 12 teams, other than Oklahoma and Texas, wouldn't have been embarrassed at Utah? Up next: Clemson.

(7) Nebraska (1-1)
Was that Bill Callahan or John Blake at the helm for the Huskers during their embarrassing home loss to Southern Mississippi? Maybe Blake can save Callahan and the Huskers from a Howard Schnellenberger-like meltdown by convincing Chip Ambres to give up pro baseball and come be the savior in Lincoln. Up Next: at Pittsburgh.

(8) Kansas State (1-1)
Bill Snyder finally schedules a decent non-conference opponent and gets ambushed at home in the process. Go figure. Nevertheless, it could be a long season in Manhattan. Darren Sproles can't do it by himself. Up next: Louisiana-Lafayette.

(9) Missouri (1-1)
Troy State? Are you kidding? Also, congratulations go out to quarterback Brad Smith for having the shortest Heisman Trophy campaign (one week) in recent history. Up Next: Ball State.

(10) Texas Tech (1-1)
What a difference a week makes. Mike Leach's Red Raiders go from running it up on lowly SMU to getting to getting knocked off by lowly New Mexico. Ouch. Up Next: TCU.

(11) Iowa State (1-1)
The Cyclones were the only Big 12 North team to not go down in an embarrassing fashion last week in their 17-10 loss at Iowa. Nevertheless, mark your calenders for October 23 when the 'Clones hook up with Baylor in the Big 12 Toilet Bowl. Up Next: Northern Illinois.

(12) Baylor (1-1)
Forget about the 56-14 loss to UAB in week one. The Bears are riding sky high after a 24-17 win over Scott Bakula, Sinbad, Kathy Ireland and the mighty Texas State Fightin' Armadillos. Up Next: Bye.

Note: The Big 12 Power Rankings are based on a week-to-week basis and are not a projection a on how a team will finish the season.

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