1. West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0; Win vs. James Madison, 42-12; Last Week: 1st)
Quarterback, Geno Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey set school records during WVU’s blowout win over the FCS-level James Madison Dukes. Smith became the school’s all-time leading passer, surpassing Marc Bulger. As for Bailey, he caught set a school record for catches in a game, hauling in 13 passes. WVU’s offense can score at will. Also a positive WVU’s defense was able to respond to a little adversity, Joe DeForest’s defense had two goal line stands in the game.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0; BYE; Last Week: 2nd)
With the BYE week, Oklahoma had a little time to prepare for this Saturday when they will take on a tough Kansas State team. This game will be a good measuring stick as to how good the Sooners really are. Internally, Oklahoma had to be happy with the chemistry Landry Jones had with receivers two weeks when the Sooners stomped Florida A&M. Jones threw touchdowns to both Trey Metoyer and Kenny Stills.
3. Texas Longhorns (3-0; Win vs. Ole Miss, 66-31; Last Week: 3rd)
Texas is for real this year, the Longhorns are back. Saturday’s monster win over Ole Miss proved that. Mack Brown’s team was able win the game by winning the time of possession battle and forcing turnovers. Really for any team, that’s a recipe for success. Texas held the ball for 37:03 while Ole Miss only had it for 22:57, that’s an enormous difference. The Longhorns used arguably the deepest backfield (Malcolm Brown, Jonathan Gray & Joe Bergeron) in all of college football, to melt that clock by running for 350 total yards in the game. Also, add the fact David Ash was poised going 19 for 23 throwing for 326 and four touchdowns, Texas may have more than just a game manager.
4. Kansas State Wildcats (3-0; Win vs. North Texas, 35-21; Last Week: 4th)
It wasn’t the prettiest win over an inferior opponent, but K-State was able to get behind Collin Klein and just find a way to win. Maybe the Wildcats, had a little bit of a hangover from last week’s thumping of the Miami Hurricanes and were looking ahead to a big matchup with Oklahoma this upcoming Saturday. Regardless of whatever it was, K-State got through the game and came out 3-0. Klein threw for 230 yards, rushed for 85 and scored three total touchdowns for the Wildcats.
5. Baylor Bears (2-0; Win vs. Sam Houston State, 48-23; Last Week: 5th)
The Bears trailed last season’s FCS-runner up, Sam Houston State into the third quarter, but eventually their depth was able to rally them past the Bearkats and cruise to victory. Nick Florence was solid despite two early interceptions, throwing for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Bearkats were aggressive and played with a nothing to lose mentality which really paid dividends for them early in the game. If Baylor sleeps like that early in the game against a Big 12 opponent, the game will be over before the Bears can get back in it.
In their first Big 12 conference game, TCU played well. They may have not had the flash and juggernaut offense that the rest of the conference plays with, but they are a solid football team, that will be more than competitive in the conference. Waymond James and Matthew Tucker are a nice duo in the backfield, they combined for over 150 yards on the ground. One thing TCU can’t do is turn the ball over, they had four turnovers in the game against Kansas. If it wasn’t for a strong TCU defense, they may have paid for those four fumbles lost in the game.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1; Win vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 65-24; Last Week: 7th)
After starting quarterback Wes Lunt was injured, Oklahoma State was forced to put in backup J.W. Walsh. For the Cowboys, Walsh responded by throwing for 347 yards and four touchdowns. The most positive sign for Oklahoma State is that they bounced back by playing smart football after week two’s debacle against Arizona. The Cowboys limited their penalties and only turned the ball over once.
8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0; Win vs. New Mexico State, 49-14; Last Week: 8th)
Seth Doege is first in the FBS with 12 touchdown passes. He threw six of those this past weekend against New Mexico State. Doege will make this team go. The Red Raiders can score with anyone in the country. They are explosive as anyone in this conference. Texas Tech just has to keep Doege healthy as well as clamp down on defense once they get into conference play. If they can do that, then they could maybe surprise some people throughout the rest of the season.
9. Iowa State Cyclones (3-0; Win vs. Western Illinois, 37-3; Last Week: 9th)
The Cyclones got backed to basics this week by simply running the football. James White and DeVondrick Nealy can both ran for over 70 yards in the game. The Cyclones did things right this week. They didn’t let Western Illinois think they had a shot at winning this game. Iowa State’s defense had their second straight dominant performance. Last week they allowed six points, this week they allowed just three.
10. Kansas Jayhawks (1-2; Loss vs. TCU, 20-6; Last Week: 10th)
Kansas didn’t play horribly against TCU, in a game where most people thought the Jayhawks would be blown out. The Jayhawks defense was able to slow down the Horned Frogs, by forcing four turnovers. If the Jayhawks want to win a game in conference play, that’s what they’ll have to do, because they aren’t going to outscore people.