With conference season starting in earnest it's time to roll out some power rankings. Deeply researched and clearly articulated, here are the first WRNL power rankings of 2014!
1. Baylor (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) - Baylor is 4-0 for the year with it's lone Big 12 win coming against Iowa State, I'm not sure if they are a better team than they were last year at this point, but Art Briles has the best offense in the nation right now, and his defense isn't too shabby either. Head to head right now I believe Baylor would beat Oklahoma, but there is plenty of season left and the Big 12 is a meat grinder.
2. Oklahoma(4-0, 1-0) - Oklahoma has the same record as Baylor, but since there was a bye week for the Sooners, I'm going to go ahead and rank them below Baylor at this point. They look to be every bit as dominant as they were last year, maybe even more so. Though I think right now Baylor is the better overall team.
3. Kansas State (3-1, 1-0) - The Wildcats are a hard team to judge right now, they almost lost to Iowa State on the road (some say they should have lost). And then the following week they almost beat Auburn, a game that was not typical of a Bill Snyder offense. We all know that Kansas State's offense takes a while to get going because of Snyder's penchant for not tipping his hand. However this past Saturday they blew out the UTEP Miners 58-28. Kansas State's defense is very solid right now, look for their offense to get even better as the season goes on.
4. TCU (3-0, 0-0) - TCU is undefeated but has yet to play a Big 12 game, so at this point they are hard to judge. They did beat SMU 52-0 which may seem impressive, but SMU is currently 0-4 and doesn't look like a good team at all. Right now TCU has one of the best defenses in the conference, but will that change once they start playing in conference games? They could jump above K-State as soon as they start playing teams with a pulse, but lets see what they can do against Oklahoma this coming week.
5. Oklahoma State (3-1, 1-0) - Oklahoma State has the potential, but right now that is about all they have. Their defense is not very good, and that was evidenced by the game against Texas Tech this past week. I do not think Texas Tech is nearly as good as Oklahoma State made them look. They are content to air the ball out and are risking becoming one dimensional. Against a team like Tech that strategy will work, but stronger defenses in the conference will eat the Cowboys alive.
6. West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) - West Virginia has had a pretty difficult schedule so far, they have played two tough teams in Alabama and Oklahoma. They have also played very close games with both of those opponents, but ended up on the losing side of each of them. WVU has the weapons to make them a very scary team, plus Clint Trickett is one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12. He has completed 125 of 175 attempts and has a passer rating of 162.3. West Virginia has the potential to move up quite a bit here soon, and their next game is against Kansas, which should be an easy win for them.
7. Texas (2-2, 1-0) - Texas, what in the hell happened? Yes I know Charlie Strong has all but kicked everyone out of the program, some say that is a good thing, some think it was stupid. But geez, Texas, you just aren't yourself this year, and I'm not sure how good you are going to be the rest of the season. Last week Texas played Kansas and it was not a pretty game, but a win is a win. Up next Texas plays Baylor, and I have a feeling that they might get a beating worse than Iowa State did.
8. Iowa State (1-3, 0-2) - I'm putting Iowa State here because even though it might look as though we suck (which we do), I think that we are improving. We have played a hard schedule so far (I think NDSU was way better than everyone was expecting). Iowa State got blown out once again at home by a Baylor team that has the number one offense in the country right now. Not many teams are going to be able to keep up with Baylor this season, and we were one of them. I think the next game against Oklahoma State will be a great test for our guys.
9. Texas Tech (2-2, 0-1) - Texas Tech, you probably shouldn't have given Kilff Kingsbury that contract extension (yeah so did we with Rhoads, shut up). At least he's good at buying fake watches and wearing Wayfarers because that is about all I can say about his team. If you watched their last game against OSU, you could tell that he just doesn't get how to coach in the Big 12 (yeah I know we shouldn't be talking right?). His offense had countless penalties 16 for 158 yards to be exact. Worse yet, they barely scrapped by a UTEP team a few weeks back that KSU dismantled this past weekend.
10. Charlie Weis ($26,000,000-0) - Charlie Weis is the real winner here, he is going to get paid for doing absolutely nothing at Kansas. Yes it's hard to be the coach at Kansas, but seriously, Charlie Weis might have been the worst possible hire they could have made at the time. He said he wasn't going to stay at Kansas for very long, and he was right, but no one saw this comi........wait yes everyone did. How dumb are you KU? You deserve to be ranked last.
10B. Kansas (2-2, 0-1) - Kansas is 2-2 but still the worst team in the Big 12, surprise surprise. I don't even care about talking about Kansas just because of how bad they are. And that is saying something coming from an Iowa State fan. No one should lose to Kansas this year in the Big 12, and now that their head coach is fired, I don't see anyone losing to them this year. Please don't make me eat my words KU.
And now your turn! Where does the Big 12 shake out in your eyes?