1. West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0; BYE; Last Week: 1st)
Since, West Virginia was idle this past weekend, not much changes for the Mountaineers. They will try to revive the momentum they had after stomping on Marshall 69-34 during week one. WVU plays this week at FedEx Field against an FCS Opponent in James Madison. Yes WVU’s offense was dominant in week one and should continue that, but Head Dana Holgorsen will be looking for vast improvements on special teams and defense. WVU had a punt blocked and allowed 413 yards passing to Marshall.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0; Win vs. Florida A&M, 69-13; Last Week: 2nd)
The Sooners were able to get things right this past week. Landry Jones threw for two touchdowns, while the run game was able to out muscle Florida A&M. Damien Williams, rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns while Dominic Whaley continues to ease himself back rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown. Yes, they played against Florida A&M, but it was encouraging after week one’s slow start against UTEP. Oklahoma now gets to rest up for a week before jumping into conference play.
3. Texas Longhorns (2-0; Win vs. New Mexico, 45-0; Last Week: 3rd)
David Ash took a ball 49 yards on a run for a Texas touchdown, then dished the ball to Daje Johnson for a 45 yard touchdown completion, Ash looked comfortable against New Mexico, which is a scary thought. The biggest problem coming into the season for Texas was whether or not they would get the quarterback play to succeed. If Ash can develop into a game manager, essentially what Greg McElroy perfected while at Alabama, then Texas will be in business. Texas has all the pieces around Ash, so if Ash steps up, this team could compete for a conference title.
4. Kansas State Wildcats (2-0; Win vs. Miami, 52-13; Last Week: 5th)
No one is sleeping on Kansas State now. The Wildcats punished the Miami Hurricanes this weekend. Collin Klein was Collin Klein rushing for 71 yards and three touchdowns while also throwing for 210 yards and a touchdown. The Snyder-Cats will continue to fly under the radar, but the performance Saturday made some people turn their heads. Between the solid defense and the Klein led offense, this team is scary. The Wildcats have North Texas this weekend before a week four showdown with the Sooners.
5. Baylor Bears (1-0; BYE; Last Week: 6th)
Baylor who was off this past weekend, has a lot to look forward to. Nick Florence shined in their opener against SMU, making wide receivers Lenear Sampson, Terence Williams and Tevin Reese look like the best receiving corps in football. Baylor takes on Sam Houston State this week before a date with Louisiana-Monroe who just upset the Arkansas Razorbacks before the Bears get into conference play.
6. TCU Horned Frogs (1-0; Win vs. Grambling State, 56-0; Last Week: 7th)
TCU’s defense looked stout against Grambling holding down a shutout for TCU’s first win as a Big 12 member. The Horned Frogs offense was paced by Casey Pachall, who reminded the rest of the Big 12 that he can sling the ball a little bit too. Pachall threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Oh yeah, and Head Coach Gary Patterson became the winningest coach in school history. TCU opens Big 12 conference play this weekend as they travel to Lawrence to take on the Jayhawks this Saturday.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-1; Loss vs. Arizona, 59-38; Last Week: 4th)
Wow, what a difference a week makes for Oklahoma State. In week one they absolutely hammer a lesser opponent in Savannah State. They week the Cowboys are the team taking the beating against Arizona. The Cowboys defense has holes, Rich Rodriguez’s offense exposed that, they made Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey look like Steve Slaton. Also, OK State quarterback, Wes Lunt, looked like a freshman throwing three interceptions. Oklahoma State has to go back to the drawing board before they take on Louisiana-Lafayette this week.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0; Win vs. Texas State, 58-10; Last Week: 9th)
Seth Doege is a leader and someone the that this young Red Raider team can look at to lean on if they want to be good. Doege threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns in Red Raiders blowout win over Texas State. The Red Raiders defense also looks improved, they only yielded 270 total yards to those Texas State Bobcats. The Red Raiders get to take on New Mexico before getting into the Big 12 schedule.
9. Iowa State Cyclones (2-0; Win vs. Iowa, 9-6; Last Week: 8th)
Iowa State turned the ball over four times and still won their game against Iowa. It always good that if that happens, that the team finds a way to win and that’s what the Cyclones did. The Cyclones can’t turn the ball over in conference play because these Big 12 offenses will make them pay for it. Regardless, they got their first win in Iowa City in ten years against Iowa. The Cyclones take on Western Illinois this week.
10. Kansas Jayhawks (1-1; Loss vs. Rice, 25-24; Last Week: 10th)
Dayne Crist turned the ball over twice, throwing two interceptions, in KU’s disappointing loss to the Rice Owls. The encouraging sight is that Kansas defense forced three turnovers in the game. For Kansas they have to learn how to finish. This is a game that they should have won against a lesser Rice team. Charlie Weis has to make adjustments if they want any shot at beating TCU on Saturday.