Big 12 Power Rankings - Week 2

The Big 12 Conference, shaky as it may be, was undefeated on the field in Week 1. But who made the biggest move up and down the ladder in our power rankings?

The wins weren't always pretty, and few came against top-notch competition, but the Big 12 went undefeated in week one and that's more than can be said for certain other BCS conferences. None of the results were shocking, although Baylor's win over defending Rose Bowl champ TCU raised enough eyebrows to vault the Bears into the Top 25. Something tells me that Baylor's glory will be short-lived.

1. Texas A&M: The Aggies lived up to advanced billing by methodically plowing a respectable SMU Mustang team into the turf. The A&M defense, a liability according to some, intercepted Kyle Padron on SMU's first two series and sacked the Mustang quarterbacks eight times. They did surrender 128 yards to Zach Line, but the vast majority of that yardage came in the first half. Aggie quarterback Tim Tannehill connected on an astounding 21 of 26 passes and didn't throw an interception. Cyrus Gray rushed for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

2. Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Sooners served notice they may be as good as advertized by demolishing in-state competitor Tulsa 47-14. But the game was nowhere near as close as that. Oklahoma led this one 30-0 with four minutes remaining in the first half before calling off the dawgs. Landry Jones threw for 375 yards, albeit against what was one of the worst pass defenses in America last year. Dominique Whaley ran for 132 yards to provide a ground counterweight to the passing attack. The OU defense surrendered 400 yards, but the vast majority of that came after the game was no longer in doubt.

3. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders, flustered by an unsuspected option attack, came slowly out of the chute, but then went on to reel off 50 straight points in a 50-10 rout of Texas State. Darrin Moore caught 12 passes for 223 yards, serving notice that Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles don't have a monopoly on supreme receiving talent in the Big 12. And quarterback Seth Doege gave every indication that he will be an upgrade over Taylor Potts.

4. Oklahoma State: The Cowboys put on an absolutely wicked offensive display against Louisiana-Lafayette, rolling up 666 yards of total offense en route to a 27-point victory. Justin Blackmon hauled in 8 passes for 144 yards, and Josh Weeden passed for a total of 388, although the visitors from Louisiana intercepted him three times. The Cowboy defense allowed 34 points, but 24 of them came in the second half, and the Ragin' Cajuns gained only 320 yards.

5. Missouri: The Tiger defense was very solid against Miami (Ohio) allowing only six points and 270 total yards. The Mizzou offense, however, looked like a sick kitten stuck in a November rainstorm, managing only 17 points and 291 yards of its own. New quarterback James Franklin showed some nifty wheels, but was very inaccurate with his passes, and only managed 129 yards through the air on 26 passing attempts. If Franklin cannot make the passing game go, it will be up to Missouri's defense to win games.

6. Texas: The Longhorns did not ring the bell on the scoreboard all that much against a puny Rice squad, but they were certainly the physically dominant team, outgaining the Owls 506 to 224. Texas won the game 34-9, but matters were still somewhat in doubt going into the fourth quarter with the Longhorns nursing a 20-9 lead. Heralded freshman back Malcolm Brown rushed 16 times for 86 yards, while sophomore receiver Mike Davis gained 115 yards on only three receptions.

7. Baylor: The Bears won what was perhaps the most exciting game in college football's first week and garnered all sorts of acclaim in the process. Beating the TCU Horned Frogs will do that for you these days. Still, it is readily apparent that the current TCU defense is a far cry from the units that dominated the nation's stat charts the last few years. Regardless of TCU's true merit, however, there is no doubt that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin put himself in the Heisman picture with a performance for the ages. But unless the Bear defense comes to life, Griffin's candidacy will wilt before it can develop.

8. Kansas: The Jayhawks' 42-24 win over McNeese State may seem like nothing special until one considers that Kansas opened last season with a loss to North Dakota State. So this is real progress! The Jayhawks got a reasonably efficient performance from quarterback Jordan Webb, 104 rushing yards from James Sims, and 107 receiving yards from JaCorey Shepard. The Jayhawk defense did, however, surrender 420 yards to McNeese State. One can only imagine what will happen when they face the offenses in the Big 12's upper echelon.

9. Kansas State: KSU came within a whisker of losing to an FCS school, just managing to pull of a 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky who hasn't beaten an FBS school since dumping Louisville in 1985. Collin Klein, who was singularly ineffective on the afternoon, connected with Chris Harper on a 37-yard scoring pass with 1:39 left in the contest to prevent major embarrassment for Kansas State. KSU displayed little offense, but did limit Eastern Kentucky to 129 total yards and seven first downs.   

10. Iowa State: The Cyclones welcomed a home crowd of 54,800 and almost laid an egg before them against FCS program Northern Iowa. Iowa State eked out a 20-19 win when quarterback Steel Jantz sneaked into the end zone with 40 seconds left. Still, Northern Iowa outgained the Cyclones 385 to 328, and Iowa State turned the ball over four times to NIU's one. Had it not been for 16 penalties by the visitors, this would have been the Big 12's lone loss of the weekend.


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