Another week in the Big 12 conference and the only thing that is certain is that this is anyone's league to win. Because you're only as good as your last performance, let's see how the conference shakes out. Last week's rank is in parenthesis.
1) Oklahoma St (1) – The Cowboys turned it on in their second consecutive neutral site game in as many weeks. UTSA had a good 4th quarter and never quit fighting, but this game was 42-7 at the end of 3 quarters. J.W. Walsh is your Big 12 offensive player of the week with a 24-27 326 yards and 4 TD performance.
2) Baylor (3) – The Bears put another big number on the scoreboard at home versus a non-BCS opponent. Baylor rolled up 781 yards of offense, and again, the most impressive number was the 329 yards rushing. Seastrunk had an even 150. Opponent aside, this Baylor defense has only given up 16 points in 2 weeks. There was a time not too long ago that that these scores would read 70-35.
3) TCU (5) – These next 3 teams could be in any order, but I believe the Frogs are actually better with Trevone Boykin over Casey Pachall. That said, I've watched both TCU games pretty closely and the passing offense isn't very good no matter who the QB is. The defense, however, is very good. Fields still owes one quarter on his suspension. We'll see if it's served this week. TCU has been beaten in both games thus far on the big play, especially on that right side of the secondary. That can't sit well with Gary Patterson.
4) Oklahoma (4) – OU is kind of a carbon copy of TCU right now. Good defense, but not a lot of offense. Anyone that holds Dana Holgerson to 7 points is doing something right. On the flip side, Trevor Knight, who beat out Blake Bell in the quarterback competition, was injured versus West Virginia and is out for the next few weeks. Enter Blake Bell.
5) Texas Tech (6) – The Red Raiders made light work of the SFA Lumberjacks on Saturday, putting up the second highest point total of the week in the conference. Get more experience for your QB, don't get anyone else hurt. Mission accomplished. For more Texas Tech observations, click here.
6) Kansas St. (10) – The Wildcats bounced back with a big win over Lousisana-Lafayette after losing to North Dakota State the previous week. Only Bill Snyder could play a true dual quarterback system and it not blow up in his face, but that's what going on at KSU right now. The KSU defense still gave up nearly 30 points to a non-BCS opponent, but if the offense stays on track, that will bode for more success in league play.
7) Kansas (7) – The Jayhawks debuted with a win, which is more than a couple of other teams can say in the Big 12. They travel to Rice this week in a game where they could eclipse their win total from a year ago. The Jayhawks also ran for over 300 yards, which is what they want to do.
8) West Virginia (8) – I don't know what to think of this. Only scoring 31 points in 2 weeks, or only allowing 33 points in two weeks? I'll go with the fact that OU is a work in progress on offense, and the ‘neers missed a golden opportunity to knock off the Sooners in Norman. Paul Millard completed just over 50% of his passes. Charles Sims didn't get the ball enough. That said, the defense might be a little bit better this year in Morgantown.
9) Iowa State (9) – The Cyclones had a bye this week to lick their wounds after losing to Northern Iowa. They host the Iowa Hawkeyes this week in a rivalry game to determine the second best team in Iowa.
10) Texas (2) – Former Texas Tech OL coach Robert Anae called a brilliant game as offensive coordinator that saw BYU gain 550 yards on the Longhorns and win easily in Provo 40-21. Lyle Sentencich would have referred to Cougar QB Caysom Hill as LeBron. It was the most rushing yards given up by a Texas defense ever. Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz was fired. The horns are in total panic mode. And is anyone else wondering what they would do offensively if Mike Davis had not backed out on his decision to declare for the draft? The longhorns host Ole Miss this week. It's a good thing this game is on the Longhorn Network. I don't think they want anyone to see it.
If the Big 12 taught us anything this week, it's that the league is winnable for everyone. Teams better be ready, especially on the road because someone in the bottom half is going to knock off a team in the top half every week.