Big 12 football suffered some massive losses that’ll affect their national image, but that bodes well for others trying to compete in the conference.
It was another wild weekend in the Big 12, with two of the top teams losing. But the team’s who won gave us a glimpse of what a league run by somebody other than Texas and Oklahoma might look like.
Those two dropping games this early doesn’t bode well for the Big 12 when it comes to the College Football Playoff — as nobody other than Texas or Oklahoma are respected nationally anyways — but it does blow the conference wide open for those trying to build something and compete for a Big 12 title.
And let’s be honest. This season was going to be a wacky one from the start — whenever that would be. Halted summer workouts, finding non-conference games, postponing games due to more COVID-19 issues — how do you prepare for something nobody’s ever seen before?
For the most part, though, everybody was on a level playing field. And that’s been obvious as we, yet again, have the Kansas Jayhawks as No. 10 on our Week 6 power rankings.
What is there to really say about the Kansas Jayhawks? In year two of the Les Miles experiment, nothing has really improved from the last regime. And with the lack of a non-conference schedule, it’s entirely possible that the Jayhawks go winless.
They took a beating at the hands of the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday, a 47-7 loss they’ll quickly try putting behind them. But it’s the second-consecutive week they’ve surrendered 47 points in conference play. The good news? Their next game is against West Virginia, who’s only averaging 32 points per game — which is a bit inflated from their opener when the posted 56 on Eastern Kentucky.
They won’t take to the field again until Oct. 17, though, so there’s some time to steer the ship in the right direction.