Big 12 Power Rankings: Frogs still reign after week one

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Students in the student section of the football game against the University of South Dakota cheer on the Wildcats on Sept. 5, 2015 in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (George Walker | The Collegian)

There’s not much change to this week’s power rankings, although it looks like Kansas has a new roommate in the basement of the Power Rankings’ house. Is it possible that we could be seeing a new number one by next week?

1. TCU (2), 1-0 Next: Stephen F. Austin (Last week: 1)

Even with the close result from last weeks’ match-up with Minnesota, TCU is the best team in the Big 12. It’s highly possible that the Horned Frogs will be undefeated when they visit Manhattan on Oct. 10.

2. Oklahoma (19), 1-0 Next: At Tennessee (Last week: 2)

This week, the Sooners have one of the biggest non-conference games on the schedule as they take a trip to SEC power Tennessee. A win here would do wonders, not only for head coach Bob Stoops but for the Big 12 as a whole.

3. Baylor (4), 1-0 Next: Lamar (Last week: 3)

Now that the Baylor Bears have finished with the toughest game on their non-conference slate, look for the Bears to plow though their remaining opponents up until West Virginia visits them on Oct. 16.

4. Oklahoma State (NR,) 1-0 Next: Central Arkansas (Last week: 4)

The Cowboys had a unique first game going on the road to Central Michigan, and now like a lot of other Big 12 teams, have a pretty smooth non-conference schedule up until they travel to Texas on Sept. 25. However, the way the Longhorns are going right now, it’s possible that it may be the following week against K-State as to when they get their first test of 2015.

5. Kansas State (NR), 1-0 Next: At UTSA (Last week: 5)

Just when you thought the 2015 K-State season wasn’t intriguing enough, now the Wildcats have to venture to San Antonio, Texas where they are 0-2 all time and carry with them a nice healthy quarterback controversy. Saturday around 11 a.m. should be fun.

6. West Virginia (NR), 1-0 Next: Liberty (Last week: 6)

After a 44-0 snoozer over Georgia Southern Saturday, West Virginia, like a large number of Big 12 teams, essentially gets a week off. This week they take on Liberty, a Football Championship Subdivision program. Don’t be shocked if West Virginia decides to put up 70 on the Flames in this one.

7. Texas Tech (NR), 1-0 Next: UTEP (Last week: 8)

Although it was against an FCS school in Sam Houston State, the Red Raiders struggled at times, but as they say, a win is a win. Up next, it’s UTEP in a game, which like most, if not all, Texas Tech games will be high in points and entertainment value.

8. Iowa State (NR), 1-0 Next: Iowa (Last week: 9)

This is arguably the biggest weekend for college football in the state of Iowa. Scratch that, it is the biggest weekend. I’m not sure there’s a hot seat near Iowa State head man Paul Rhoads; however, a loss here and you can bet the heat will start to rise in Ames.

9. Texas (NR), 0-1 Next: Rice (Last week: 7)

The odds were stacked against Texas as they headed to South Bend to face Notre Dame this past weekend, but I’m not sure anybody expected Texas to look like a midlevel junior college team as they were blasted by the Irish 38-3. Only in Las Vegas can you be a 15.5 favorite over a team even though you haven’t managed to score anywhere close to 15 points. Amazing.

10. Kansas (NR), Record 0-1 Next: Memphis (Last week: 10)

Whether it’s a Jackrabbit from South Dakota State or the USS Enterprise, it just seems like the Jayhawks can’t find a win on the football field. Maybe this Saturday night against Memphis changes that. Maybe.

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