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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 2

Iowa State drops dramatically; Oklahoma’s offense shines

Houston v Oklahoma Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

There’s been a shakeup in week one, but keep in mind these will look dramatically different as the season wears on. Onto the show!

1. Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0; defeated Houston 49-31)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Oklahoma’s offense is as good as advertised. Jalen Hurts was 20-for-23 for 332 yards passing, carried the ball 16 times for 176 yards, and accounted for SIX touchdowns. The defense left a little to be desired, but all things considered, the Sooners passed he first test. It’s early, but Hurts definitely may get the opportunity to face off against his former team in this year’s playoffs.
This Week: vs. South Dakota (0-1)

2. Texas (1-0, 0-0; defeated Louisiana Tech 45-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
The Longhorns did what they needed to do lat week, beating an overmatched team handily. This week will be a different story, as Texas hosts No. 6 LSU on Saturday - the first true test of the season in what will be a very entertaining game.
This Week: vs. No. 6 LSU (1-0)

3. Oklahoma State (1-0, 0-0; defeated Oregon State 52-36)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
One of the few Big 12 teams to travel for its opener, the Cowboys took care of business on the road against a Power 5 opponent. The defense wasn’t always at the top of its game, but Oklahoma State did what it needed to do in week one, and will get the traditional cupcake win this week.
This Week: vs. McNeese (1-0)

4. TCU (1-0, 0-0; defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 39-7)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
The Frogs handled their opening game in typical Gary Patterson fashion. Nothing flashy, but a sound foundation to start the season. They have this week off before returning to action against Purdue next weekend.
This week: Bye

5. Baylor (1-0, 0-0; defeated Stephen F. Austin 56-17)
Last Week’s Ranking: 6
The Bears flexed a little muscle against outmatched Stephen F. Austin, and don’t have much of a test upcoming this week. A fine start for a team seemingly trending in the right direction.
This Week: vs. UTSA (1-0)

6. Texas Tech (1-0, 0-0; defeated Montana State 45-10)
Last Week’s Ranking: 7
As with their predecessors, the Red Raiders did what they were supposed to do on Saturday, which is a pretty big deal considering it was the first game post-Kingsbury. Alan Bowman was impressive, going 40-for-55 for 436 yards and two touchdowns.
This Week: vs. UTEP (1-0)

7. Iowa State (1-0, 0-0; defeated Northern Iowa 29-26 in 3OT)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Ouch. Believe me, this one hurt to do, but it’s tough to stay high on a team that needed three overtimes to beat an FCS team. It doesn’t matter how good that team is, the Cyclones had an opportunity to #proveit, but fell completely flat. There’s no need to panic - Iowa State has plenty of schedule left to live up to the hype. But at least for one week, a win never felt so sad.
This Week: Bye

8. Kansas State (1-0, 0-0; defeated Nicholls 49-14)
Last Week’s Ranking: 8
Thought about putting KSU in the seven spot, but a drubbing over Nicholls (as a commenter pointed out last week, who?!) isn’t enough to jump the Wildcats up just yet. This weekend’s game allows for a bit more of a statement, if only a little.
This Week: vs. Bowling Green (1-0)

9. West Virginia (1-0, 0-0; defeated James Madison 20-13)
Last Week’s Ranking: 9
This was about what we expected from the Mountaineers, who are having to adjust on the fly given their dramatically different coach and roster. A win is a win, and Austin Kendall looked good at 27-for-42 for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
This Week: at Missouri (0-1)

10. Kansas (1-0, 0-0; defeated Indiana State 24-17)
Last Week’s Ranking: 10
The Jayhawks round out a conference that went undefeated in week one. Congrats to Les Miles on his first career Jayhawks victory ... there likely won’t be many more this season.
This Week: vs. Coastal Carolina (0-1)

On to week two while we wait for Sept 14 like