Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 1

After the first week of play, Joe Yeager ranks the teams in the Big 12, where does Tech check in?

1.    Texas: Wyoming, hardly a world-beater, still may have been the worthiest opponent a Big 12 team faced in week one, which tells you all you need to know about the state of BCS conference scheduling. The Cowboys hung tough with the Horns for much of the game, but the combo of Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown eventually wore down the visitors. Ballyhooed freshman running back Jonathan Gray did very little.


2.    Oklahoma: The Sooners held only a three-point advantage over the UTEP Miners going into the fourth quarter, before finally emerging with a 24-7 win. Texas Tech could have told Oklahoma something about the perils of playing in El Paso. Still, OU's defense dominated in this contest and made all the difference. Ballyhooed freshman receiver Trey Metoyer did very little.


3.    Oklahoma State: We should probably dock Oklahoma State several positions in the standings for even scheduling glorified high school team Savannah State. This game was tantamount to Stephen Hawking writing a critical essay on the latest Lil' Wayne album—it tells you nothing about the abilities of the author because the subject is of such little account.


4.    Kansas State: The Wildcats always seem to start the season slowly, and their 2012 debut against Missouri State was no exception. KSU led 16-9 going into the final quarter before opening up a can on the Bears en route to a 51-9 victory. The Miami Hurricanes will arrive in Manhattan later in the week for a grudge match.


5.    West Virginia: Dana Holgorsen's offense has the entire package, and make no mistake. Geno Smith throws one of the prettiest deep balls I've seen in a long time, the West Virginia receivers are fast and elusive, the running backs are tough and the line is powerful. The Mountaineers, who blew out Marshall in the opener, will outscore many a team and they'll have to because there are issues on defense.


6.    TCU: The Horned Frogs were idle. They can be idle again this week and still win by 50 as they square off against mighty Grambling State in their opener.


7.    Texas Tech: Was that defense real, or was it an illusion? Northwestern State was no juggernaut, but holding anybody to 84 yards of total offense is impressive. If Neal Brown can ignite the ground game a bit, Tommy Tuberville may have something going on in Lubbock this year.


8.    Baylor: The Bear offense looks like it hasn't lost much from last year's record-setting unit, but SMU's horrid defense had something to do with Baylor's productivity. And speaking of horrid, how on earth was Garrett Gilbert ever rated the nation's number one high school football player? He makes Blaine Gabbert look competent.


9.    Iowa State: The Cyclones struggled early against Tulsa before slowly taking control. Steele Jantz, Shontrelle Johnson and Josh Lenz all turned in excellent performances to spark a productive Iowa State offense. ISU's defense, which surrendered 358 total yards to the Golden Hurricanes, was less impressive.


10. Kansas: The Jayhawks will take any win they can get these days, and they won't sneeze at a 14-point victory over South Dakota State. Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist connected on only 17 of 36 passes for 169 yards, showing in no uncertain terms why he washed out at Notre Dame.

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