Websider's Big 12 South Report

Each and every week, Aggie Websider's Dallas Shipp will rank the teams of the Big 12 South. Where are the Aggies at after week one? Read the full story.

Later today, you'll see the new Associated Press and USA Today polls, and I'm sure it will be filled with lots of new teams, several teams will move up, and at least one team (Michigan) will move way, way down thanks to Appalachian State's miracle at the Big House this weekend.

But where does the Big 12 South stand after week one of 2007?

Each week, Aggie Websider will rank the teams of the Big 12 South based on their performance through that point in the season.

1. Oklahoma What else could they have done? Demarco Murray scored five touchdowns, including a 44-yard touchdown run that gave the Sooners a 14-0 lead just over three minutes into the game. OU quarterback Sam Bradford completed an amazing 21-of-23 pass attempts for 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first game as a starter. If the duo of Murray and Bradford can perform like that against BCS level teams with much more talent on defense, then the Sooners will be a tough team to beat for the Big 12 South title this year, especially for the Aggies, who will have to beat them in Norman, Okla., on November 3.

T-2. Texas A&M The Aggies seemed to be in control of the game, despite not putting up gaudy offensive numbers. They handled blitzes well all night long from Montana State and Stephen McGee took control when he needed to. Had they run the option more, they would have scored more, but the coaching staff was obviously working on various facets of the Aggies' game on Saturday night, and expect better production on both sides of the ball against Fresno State and again in two weeks when the Aggies travel to Miami. That game will tell us a lot about this year's team. The Aggies finished with 261 yards on 35 carries (7.5 ypc) in a 38-7 win over Montana State.

T-2. Texas Tech - The Red Raiders started off slow, and their defense was never really very dominating but it could improve. I would like to see how a team with a capable offense handles Tech's defense this year. They've got time to improve before Big 12 play, and this year's offense will continue to light up the scoreboard, despite losing its top three receivers. The defense just has to make four or five stops per game and the offense should be able to take care of the rest, until they run into a physical defense that can punch them in the mouth. It's amazing what Mike Leach's offensive machine is capable of. It just doesn't matter who is lining up at quarterback or receiver, that system will produce top-five offensive numbers every year. If this defense puts it together, watch out for the Red Raiders. The Red Raider quarterbacks combined to go 50-of-66 for 473 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-9 whipping of SMU. Not bad.

4. Texas – There hasn't been much publicity about it, but Texas was extremely close to pulling a Michigan on Saturday night. Arkansas State recovered a loose ball on an onside kick but had to kickoff again after an extremely questionable illegal procedure call. The Longhorns lined up to run the ball inside the five yard line on four straight plays and were stopped by Arkansas State all four times. That doesn't bode well for this year's Big 12 title hopes. Mack Brown is going to have to pull a rabbit out of his hat before TCU comes to town this weekend or it will be a long year for him and his Horns in Austin.

5. Oklahoma State There was a lot of hype surrounding the Oklahoma State squad, but unless there's more than what they showed against Georgia, they look to be destined for another .500 year and will struggle to make a bowl game. The Cowboys managed just 70 yards on the ground in the 35-14 loss to a Georgia team that might challenge for a division title this year, which could make this loss not look so bad in the coming weeks. Quarterback Bobby Reid was 17-of-31 in the air for 196 yards with one touchdown and an interception. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't turning many heads either. He'll have to improve before Big 12 play rolls around if the Cowboys want to make any noise in the Big 12 South this year.

6. Baylor There's not much good to take from the Bears' shutout against TCU. Last year, the Bears had a chance to make a statement against a team that is a perennial guest in the "who's going to bust the BCS" conversations on FSN and ESPN. But this year, it wasn't even close. Baylor managed just 51 yards rushing while giving up 181 yards on the ground to the Horned Frogs. They threw for 231 yards, but completed just over 47 percent of their passes and tossed four interceptions. It looks like it's going to be another long year in Waco.




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