By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)
Post-Week 2 Big 12 Power Rankings
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1. Oklahoma (1-0) – With a bye in Week 2, the Sooners likely spent Saturday in front of the television. Oklahoma remained atop many polls during the off week, but will have a difficult test this week. The Sooners travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State, which is a key game in the national title picture. The Seminoles are hungry for revenge, after an embarrassing 47-17 loss in Norman to Oklahoma last year. The Sooners will get some reinforcements on offense this week, as receiver Kenny Stills will play after sitting out Week 1 due to a suspension.
2. Texas A&M (1-0) – Like top-ranked Oklahoma, the Aggies had a bye in Week 2. However, there was plenty of noise coming from College Station. Texas A&M was expected to announce a bid to the SEC, but legal issues with the Big 12 have held the move for now. The Aggies should have an easy matchup in Week 3, as Idaho (1-1) visits College Station. With Oklahoma State in Week 4, Texas A&M can use this as a final tune-up before conference play starts.
3. Oklahoma State (2-0) – Through two games, it appears the Cowboys will be just fine on offense. Dana Holgorsen departed as the team’s offensive coordinator at the end of last season and there was some concern about the transition to Todd Monken. However, the Cowboys rank eighth nationally in scoring and second in total offense so far. The Cowboys head to Tulsa on Saturday, a team they beat 65-28 last season.
4. Texas (2-0) –The Longhorns won’t win any awards for the prettiest victories through two games, but the Longhorns are 2-0. Saturday’s win against BYU was overshadowed by a change at quarterback. Garrett Gilbert has struggled in his time as the starter and was replaced by David Ash and Case McCoy. The duo, along with freshman running back Malcolm Brown, provided the offense with a spark. The Longhorns face UCLA this week, which should give plenty of motivation for this team. Texas was dominated and lost 34-12 in last season’s matchup with the Bruins.
5. Baylor (1-0) –Thanks to an open date on Saturday, the Bears were allowed to spend a little extra time enjoying the win over TCU. It’s back to business this week, as Baylor hosts Stephen F. Austin. The Lumberjacks are 1-1 and are coming off a 34-23 loss to Northern Iowa. Barring a complete breakdown, the Bears should easily win on Saturday and move to 2-0.
6. Missouri (1-1) –Even though the Tigers came up short on Friday night, there were positives to take away for coach Gary Pinkel. Quarterback James Franklin showed significant improvement from the first game, throwing for 319 yards and two scores against the Sun Devils. One concern for Missouri has to be the secondary, which allowed 353 passing yards to Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Tigers have a chance to take out some of their frustration from Friday’s loss, as they host Western Illinois on Saturday.
7. Texas Tech (1-0) – The Red Raiders did not play on Saturday and will make a trip to Albuquerque to play New Mexico this week. The Lobos were handled by Arkansas last Saturday, and the Red Raiders should have no trouble moving the record to 2-0. Texas Tech faces Nevada in Week 4 and won’t play a conference game until Oct. 1 against Kansas.
8. Iowa State (2-0) – Coaches never know what to expect from junior college recruits, but it appears Paul Rhoads hit a home run with Steele Jantz. The quarterback has provided a spark for the Iowa State offense, which includes making several key plays in the win over Iowa last Saturday. After a close call against Northern Iowa in Week 1, the Cyclones looked a much-improved team against the Hawkeyes. Iowa State travels to Storrs to take on Connecticut on Friday night.
9. Kansas (2-0) –After a disastrous 2010 campaign, it appears Turner Gill has the Jayhawks back on the right path. Kansas moved to 2-0 with a last-minute win over a solid Northern Illinois team on Saturday. The Jayhawks currently lead the Big 12 in rushing offense, averaging 277 yards a game. Kansas has a difficult task ahead on Saturday, as they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets’ option attack is a difficult offense to prepare for in just a week.
10. Kansas State (1-0) –The Wildcats did not play on Saturday, which allowed coach Bill Snyder to work on some of the errors from the season opener against Eastern Kentucky. The Wildcats host Kent State this week, a team that is averaging only 9.5 points a game so far. Kansas State has a lot of work to do to make a bowl this season, but Saturday’s game against the Golden Flashes should be a comfortable win.