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Aug 31, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns linebackers Dalton Santos (55) and Kendall Thompson (35) and Peter Jinkens (19) react against the New Mexico State Aggies during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat New Mexico State 56-7. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Week 1 Power Rankings

 

 

1. Oklahoma State, 1-0
(Previous – 1)

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win when it comes to playing a team from a power conference. The Cowboys gave up just three points to Mississippi State and were able to come through in the second half to clinch the opener. For OSU to stay at the top, the offense is going to have to improve when the games get tougher.

2. Texas, 1-0
(Previous – 3)

With TCU’s loss, the Longhorns slide up a spot to the No. 2 spot. Texas cruised to a big win against New Mexico State and David Ash appeared in midseason form in the opener in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns have a respectable meeting at BYU next week, a tough place to play.

3. Oklahoma, 1-0
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Oklahoma’s defense was impressive against LA Monroe, shutting out a Monroe offense that knocked off Arkansas in 2012. Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight was not very impressive, but it’s early and Knight has time to improve. Oklahoma hosts WVU in the Big 12 conference opener next Saturday.

4. TCU, 0-1
(Previous – 2)

A 37-27 loss to No. 12 LSU is respectable. However, TCU’s secondary did not look like the best in the Big 12 like it was expected. The Tigers converted on 13 first downs on third down plays and put up over 400 yards on the TCU defense. If TCU is for real in the Big 12, the pass defense will have to improve.

5. Baylor, 1-0
(Previous – 5)

A killing of Wofford does not warrant a move up just yet. The Bears remain at five despite Lache Seastrunk looking very impressive on 11 carries for 111 yards.

6. Texas Tech, 1-0
(Previous – 8)

The biggest reason for a two-spot jump is that the Red Raider passing game was efficient in knocking off SMU in Dallas. If Texas Tech is going to improve from last season, the arm of Baker Mayfield will be the reason. Mayfield looked good on Friday night and should against in Week 2 against Stephen F. Austin.

7. West Virginia, 1-0
(Previous – 7)

There is a giant gap right now between the six and seven positions on this list. A touchdown win against William and Mary is a big part of that. If WVU wants to avoid a majorly disappointing season, the Mountaineers will need to walk into Norman on Saturday and have a respectable game against the Sooners.

8. Iowa State, 0-1
(Previous – 9)

It’s not that I think Iowa State should move up because of a loss, it’s just because the loss to Northern Iowa seems a bit less of a shock to me. Iowa State could have a long year if the play that it had on Saturday continues.

9. Kansas State, 0-1
(Previous – 6)

The biggest mover for me comes from the Wildcats, and not in a good way. Kansas State went from Big 12 champs to losing its opener to North Dakota State. I give points that it was to back-to-back FCS champs, but any loss against a lower division school is a shock. The Wildcats did not look good on the field and are scrambling to replace Collin Klein.

10. Kansas, 0-0
(Previous – 10) 

The Jayhawks were idle in Week 1 and face South Dakota State to open the season. Losing to SDSU might not shock me though, being that their in-state rival just fell from a team to the same conference.

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