Sep 7, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Walsh, J.W. (4) throws a pass against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners during the first half at Alamodome. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12: Week 3 Power Rankings

So, let’s forget the fact that we went from Week 1 to Week 3 (wanting to have these make sense from week-to-week), but overall there are some changes from top to bottom in the order of this week’s power rankings in the Big 12. Texas is the big mover, moving down, while stock in Baylor and Texas Tech continues to rise from the preseason rankings.

1. Oklahoma State, 2-0
(Previous – 1)

J.W Walsh solidified his position as Oklahoma State’s number one quarterback with his play in the first two games, Oklahoma State takes on Lamar this week and there is no reason that the Cowboys should be anywhere but the No. 1 position in the conference after the first three weeks of play.

2. Oklahoma, 2-0
(Previous – 3)

Oklahoma’s 16-7 victory over West Virginia wasn’t incredibly impressive, however, the Sooners defense continues to show that it has improved and winning a conference opener is something to be proud of. Oklahoma hosts Tulsa this week.

3. TCU, 1-1
(Previous – 4)

The loss of quarterback Casey Pachall for at least eight week due to injury doesn’t bold well for the Frogs offense. However, Trevone Boykin is familiar to the starting role and the offense has looked better for TCU with Boykin running the plays.

4. Baylor, 2-0
(Previous – 5)

Baylor has throttled its first two opponents, to say the least. Baylor is the hottest team in the conference right now but we will see how well the high powered offense is when Baylor is not playing Wofford and Buffalo.

5. Texas Tech, 2-0
(Previous – 6)

Baker Mayfield continued to sling the ball around the field in Tech’s big win over Stephen F. Austin. This week, the true test of how good the offense actually is will be tested in the team’s conference opener. The Red Raiders host TCU on Thursday night.

6. Texas, 1-1
(Previous – 2)

Texas’ run defense looked dreadful in an upset, blowout, loss to BYU in Provo, Utah. The sacking of its offensive coordinator puts Mack Brown on the hottest seat in college football. Texas takes on Ole Miss this week.

7. West Virginia, 1-1
(Previous – 7)

A respectable 16-7 loss to Oklahoma holds the Mountaineers to the seven spot. WVU’s defense was improved, but the offense still looks questionable to if this team can compete with the rest of the conference this season.

8. Kansas State, 1-1
(Previous – 9)

Kansas State bounced back from an embarrassing defeat in Week 1 with a win over Louisiana Lafayette, this at least gives them a boost in the power rankings from the bottom two.

9. Iowa State, 0-1
(Previous – 8)

Being off did not help the Cyclones cause this week after losing to Northern Iowa to begin the season. Iowa State takes on Iowa this week in a in-state rivalry. It is a winnable game, but the Cyclones will have to improve greatly from its previous performance.

10. Kansas, 1-0
(Previous – 10)

Kansas opened with a win over South Dakota, but the Jayhawks still are going to have do some work between its opening win, and moving up in the Power Rankings for the conference.

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