Big 12 Power Rankings, Week Four, Part One

Which team sits atop the's Big 12 Power Rankings?

1) Texas (3-0)

S&P+ Rank: 7 (Offense: 11, Defense: 18)

The Longhorns get the top spot for a better-than-expected offense and a defense that has shown periods of dominant play. The Longhorns are the only Big 12 team to rank in the top-20 nationally in both offensive and defensive S&P+, showing the potential balance this squad could have. At this point in the season, a team doesn't have to be perfect. But Texas would do well to clean up its errors defensively before a murderer's row slate that includes Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Oklahoma back-to-back-to-back.

UP NEXT: at Oklahoma State (Sept. 29)

2) West Virginia (2-0)

S&P+ Rank: 5 (Offense: 1, Defense: 29)

The nation's top offensive team is in at No. 2 in this week's power ranking for one reason: the fact that the Mountaineers haven't been tested yet. The same isn't true for Oklahoma, though neither has exactly gotten into the bulk of its schedule yet. Look for quarterback Geno Smith's name to continue popping up on Heisman lists, with his first defensive test likely not coming until Oct. 6 at Texas. The defense will get significantly tested before that, when West Virginia hosts Baylor next weekend.

UP NEXT: Maryland, on Saturday

3) Oklahoma (2-0)

S&P+ Rank: 6 (Offense: 55, Defense: 4)

The Sooners have played twice this season, a too-close-for-comfort win at UTEP and a taking-care-of-business showing against Florida A&M. Saturday will give us a better read for where Oklahoma really is, with Kansas State traveling to Norman. The Sooners have the Big 12's best defense right now, but the offense hasn't performed quite as advertised. Still, the Sooners rarely drop big games at home, and they took care of business against the Wildcats last year.

UP NEXT: Kansas State, on Saturday

4) Kansas State (3-0)

S&P+ Rank: 47 (Offense: 17, Defense: 80)

If there's one team that performs off its statistical schedule, it's Kansas State. So even the Wildcats' S&P+ rank can be taken somewhat with a grain of salt. Bill Snyder's teams just find a way to get the job done, as evidenced by last year's 10-win run despite a mediocre statistical profile. But can they take that next step and pull off a road win against one of the league's top teams? Oklahoma awaits. Still, a Wildcat offense that features a passing-improved Collin Klein, could be dangerous.

UP NEXT: at Oklahoma, on Saturday

5) TCU (2-0, 1-0 Big 12)

S&P+ Rank: 15 (Offense: 10, Defense: 30)

Put TCU into that "need to see more" category. The Horned Frogs were nearly perfect against Grambling State, but committed four turnovers and struggled at times defensively against Kansas, winning 20-6. The good news is that those errors aren't likely to happen again, not with Casey Pachall manning the reins. The bad news is that the Frogs could have to rely even more on the second-year starter with yet another blow to the running back crop. They should have enough to get by their next two opponents, with a scrappy Iowa State team headed to Fort Worth on Oct. 6.

UP NEXT: Virginia, on Saturday

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