Big 12 Power Rankings, Week Three, Part One

After two weeks, only one Big 12 team has a loss, and the league's preseason No. 1 team hasn't done anything to give up its spot at the top.

1) Oklahoma (1-0)

The Sooners entered the season as the nation's No. 1 team, and after dispatching Tulsa in expected fashion, there's no reason to drop them in the Big 12 power rankings. If there were any surprises, it was that walk-on Dominique Whaley emerged from a crowded running back battle with a number of high-profile prospects. Whaley rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns in the opener, while Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles picked up where they left off a season ago. The Sooners should be tested on the road on Saturday by a talented Florida State team that will be bent on revenge from a year ago. Still, the Seminoles are probably a year away, and if Oklahoma is truly the number one team, they'll take care of business.

Last Time Out: W 47-14 vs. Tulsa (Sept. 3)

Next Time Out: Saturday @ Florida State

2) Oklahoma State (2-0)

I'm not sure what's more amazing: that Justin Blackmon continues to tear through defenses to the tune of 136 yards per game this season or that his yardage number is more than 12 yards per game behind last year's pace. That lets you know just how effective he was a year ago. Joseph Randle stepped right in for Kendall Hunter, and if anything, supplies more of an all-purpose threat. And Brandon Weeden is passing for nearly 400 yards per game with about 72 percent accuracy. Still, he has four interceptions to five touchdowns, and needs to nip those early turnovers in the bud. The Cowboys also weren't tested much defensively against Arizona, despite Arizona returning a very good quarterback.

Last Time Out: W 37-14 vs. Arizona (Sept. 8)

Next Time Out: Saturday @ Tulsa

3) Texas A&M (1-0)

The Aggies showed what appeared to be a mortal weakness early against SMU, when the Mustangs were able to spread A&M out and run the ball (the domain of both teams ahead of them in the Big 12 Power Rankings). But just like that, the A&M defense bit down, helping the Aggies to a 46-14 win over a pretty good SMU team. Ryan Tannehill appears that he might have taken another step forward from last year, when he was more of a steady game manager, and Cyrus Gray remains — to this point — the Big 12's top running back. We shouldn't find out anything more about the Aggies this week against Idaho, but they'll be challenged soon enough.

Last Time Out: W 46-14 vs. SMU (Sept. 4)

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Idaho

4) Baylor (1-0)

It was a tough choice between the Bears and the Longhorns, but at this point, Baylor has to get the nod by virtue of having the best win. Robert Griffin III continued his development by hitting on nearly 78 percent of his throws and five touchdowns to no interceptions. He's the Big 12's highest-rated quarterback early on. But just as important was the fact that Terrance Ganaway emerged as a 100-yard back. The Bears were always going to have an explosive passing game, but Ganaway could help to take some weight off Griffin's shoulders. The next key will be to find a defense, though this is a team that could win a shootout against pretty much anybody.

Last Time Out: W 50-48 vs. TCU (Sept. 2)

Next Time Out: Saturday vs. Stephen F. Austin

5) Texas (2-0)

Perhaps the Longhorns should put a No. 3 on the scoreboard at the start of the game. A slow-starting team for much of last year, Texas has been Jekyll and Hyde this year, looking like a top-15 team in the second half and a non-ranked team in the first. The Longhorns barely lead Rice at halftime, then coasted 34-9. They trailed BYU 13-3 before coming back for a 17-16 win. Can the new quarterback rotation of Case McCoy and David Ash speed things up? Let's hope so, as the defense and other skill positions look like they're ready to go.

Last Time Out: W 17-16 vs. BYU (Sept. 10)

Next Time Out: Saturday @ UCLA

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