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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

Nothing has changed, and bring on hate week!

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Texas Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Last week’s action brought few surprises - Texas hung in there against one of the top teams in the country, and Kansas did Kansas things. It was an uneventful weekend of football that ultimately kept everyone locked into their current spot.

On to the show!

1. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0; defeated South Dakota 70-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
No surprise here, as the Sooners steamrolled a lesser opponent. It only took Jalen Hurts 14 completions to accumulate 259 yards and three touchdowns. Expect a similar result this week against the winless Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
This Week: at UCLA (0-2)

2. Texas (1-1, 0-0; lost to No. 6 LSU 45-38)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
It’s not often that you can lose a game and yet not drop in the power rankings, but the Longhorns put up a heck of a fight against a highly ranked opponent. QB Sam Ehlinger tore it up, going 31-for-47 for 401 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. This offense can sure move the ball.
This Week: at Rice (0-2)

3. Oklahoma State (2-0, 0-0; defeated McNeese 52-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
No surprises here. Two weeks into the season, the Cowboy offense has accounted for over 100 points, and appears to be ready to roll against Tulsa. Over that time QB Spencer Sanders has accounted for 453 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions.
This Week: at Tulsa (1-1)

4. TCU (1-0, 0-0; idle)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
The Frogs head to West Lafayette for a Big 12 / Big Ten clash, their first real test after a bye this past week.
This week: at Purdue (1-1)

5. Baylor (2-0, 0-0; defeated UTSA 63-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
The first two weeks of the season could not have gone better for the Bears, who are unbeaten heading into a bye week. Though their opponents are nothing to write home about, there’s something to be said about outscoring them 119-31 over that span.
This Week: Bye

6. Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0; defeated UTEP 38-3)
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
More of the same from QB Alan Bowman this week, as he accounted for three touchdowns in an easy win over UTEP. The Raiders hit the road for the first time this season, and it’ll be interesting to see how the defense handles Arizona star QB Khalil Tate.
This Week: at Arizona (1-1)

7. Iowa State (1-0, 0-0; idle)
Last Week’s Ranking: 7
This is it. Here’s the week we find out if last week’s dramatic drop in the power rankings was an overreaction, or justifed. Welcome. To. Hate. Week. College Gameday coming to town is accelerating the hype as we wait and see if the Cyclones can #proveit. A home win against a talented Hawkeye team can help the Cyclones climb back up into the thick of these rankings.
This Week: vs Iowa (2-0)

8. Kansas State (2-0, 0-0; defeated Bowling Green 52-0)
Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Their win over Bowling Green looked easy, and the Wildcats are doing everything they need to do early on this season. The only problem is right now there’s nowhere for them to move yet in these power rankings. This week’s matchup against a Power 5 opponent will be coach Chris Klieman’s first true test.
This Week: at Mississippi State (2-0)

9. West Virginia (1-1, 0-0; lost to Missouri 38-7)
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
West Virginia’s only saving grace in these rankings is, well, that Kansas exists. It was an ugly performance last week - it’s going to be a tough year in Morgantown.
This Week: vs. NC State (2-0)

10. Kansas (1-1, 0-0; lost to Coastal Carolina 12-7)
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
This Week: at Boston College (2-0)