Sherrill's Big 12 Power Rankings

Fox Sports Net College Football Studio Analyst Jackie Sherrill breaks down the Big 12 after week four. The former A&M coach Adrian Peterson (pictured) and the Sooners back in the No. 2 spot this week after their 59-0 rout of Middle Tennessee. (AP Photo)

#1 Texas (3-1, 1-0)
Watching Texas play against Iowa State, their defense has lived up to what I thought it would be. And on offense, they have the offensive line that can push over anybody. The running backs have such elusive speed and space when they get to the second level of the defense. Their quarterback, Colt McCoy, looks so young I'm not even sure if he's shaving yet. He looks like he's 13 or 14 years old, but he's gotten better every single week that he steps out there on the field. He has the talent, but he doesn't have much time before he has to face that Oklahoma defense that gets up for OU v. Texas every year.
Up Next: Sam Houston State (Austin)

#2 Oklahoma (3-1, 0-0)

I thought coach Bob Stoops did a great job of moving players around. His defense looked calm and confident and played with speed and aggression. One noticeable thing about the defense was they played great gap coverage. And when Oklahoma does that they have the talent and skill position players to shut down anybody in the country. On offense, Adrian Peterson had a minimal game by his standards and the quarterback combination — Paul Thompson to Malcolm Kelly the wide receiver — looks deadly. They have a tight end in Jermaine Gresham, who looks like he could give them every big play in the book. Oklahoma's offense looks like what the defense was supposed to look like and that's really good.
Up Next: Off Week

#3 Nebraska (3-1, 0-0)

Defensively, the Cornhuskers have played really well. They are well coached in their techniques and fundamental schemes on defense. But the one thing they aren't doing this year, opposed to last season, is getting pressure on the quarterback and creating sacks. Offensively, they're running back, Marlon Lucky, has played real well for them and they're quarterback, Zah Taylor, is growing in this offense. As conference play begins, we will see more of the playbook start to open with new wrinkles and details.
Up Next: Kansas (Lincoln)

#4 Missouri (4-0, 0-0)

The Tigers have two studs on their team who gives them a chance to win every game. Quarterback Chase Daniels has big-play capability and is fearless in the pocket. He understands the system that he's in and that gives him calm confidence to have great vision to down the field. And on defense, Brian Smith leads the defensive line in sacks. He is not the biggest guy, but by his heart and perseverance he leads the team with an aggressive and ferocious nature. Missouri is the true darkhorse in the North this year.
Up Next: Colorado (Columbia)

#5 Iowa State (2-2, 0-1)

The Ccylones, offensively, a very potent team with their quarterback Bret Meyer and his weapons at the wide receiver positions. On defense, they are a huge question mark and I don't see much changing. They give up too many big plays and they lack speed at certain skill positions.
Up Next: Northern Iowa (Ames)

#6 Texas Tech (3-1, 0-0)

Coach Leach has got his offense back on track after they struggled against TCU. This high-powered offense is led by Graham Harrell, who threw for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the first six out of first seven positions last week. The Red Raiders have their guns slinging and smoke coming out the barrels. Their offense will lead the way, but the key is for the quarterback to get the ball out of his hands as quick as possible or they will struggle and be vulnerable to defeat.
Up Next: at Texas A&M

#7 Texas A&M (4-0, 0-0)

With a win over Texas Tech, it will slingshot them into a showdown with the likes of Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, where confidence could help them prevail against those teams. Statistically, A&M's defense looks pretty good, but paper doesn't go out on the field and line up and play defense. This weekend will be big for Texas A&M and against Texas Tech.
Up Next: Texas Tech (College Station)

#8 Oklahoma State (3-1, 0-0)

I thought Oklahoma State was going to win against Houston. Now a replay specialist in the booth has been suspended for a terrible overturned call and Conference USA has acted swiftly with the suspension of the individual in the replay booth. Oklahoma State has weapons that are going to threaten a lot of people's defenses. Their quarterback, Bobby Reid, played a great game has some of the best wide receivers in the conference in Adarious Bowmen and D'Juan Woods. Their defense needs time to mature and handle the speed of the game. Linebacker Chris Collins plays with such momentum, changing nature with his speed to the ball and his ferocious and nasty hits was ultimately confused by Houston's offensive formations. He and a lot of the other defensive players at times look confused.
Up Next: Off Week

#9 Kansas (3-1, 0-0)

I have been really surprised with the Jayhawks' defense. They lost a lot of players last season, yet they still seem to play at the same level as last season. We will know about their defense once conference play begins. On offense, is there controversy at the quarterback position? Only time will tell for everything to sort out itself.
Up Next: at Nebraska

#10 Kansas State (3-1, 0-0)

The Wildcats' defense has two linebackers who have really been brutally good, and their defensive line has played really well. They kept one of the top scoring offenses in the country (Louisville) to a low-scoring affair for such a high powered offense. On offense, coach Ron Prince will continue to rotate players that will give the most effort and energy for his offense to progress towards the future.
Up Next: at Baylor

#11 Colorado (0-4, 0-0)

The Buffaloes played Georgia extremely tough and should have won that game, but like all teams that struggle they always seem to find a way to lose the game. Coach Hawkins will need time to get the Buffalos back in order.
Up Next: at Missouri

#12 Baylor (1-3, 0-0)

The Bears could easily be 4-0 or 3-1. Baylor, right now, is singing the theme, "If we were candy and nuts we wouldn't get handed our butts and everything's not merry like Christmas." This team's record does not reflect the coaching job that Guy Morriss has done. He is a heck of a coach. He is a top-notch coach.
Up Next: Kansas State (Waco)

Sherrill's Heisman trophy candidates: 1. Troy Smith (Ohio State) 2. Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma) 3. Brady Quinn (Notre Dame) 4. Steve Slaton (West Virginia).

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