We have a new No. 1 in this week’s power rankings, and even the Longhorns have risen out of the bottom of the Big 12 as we venture into the last weekend of nonconference action.
1. Oklahoma (16) (2-0) Next: Tulsa
Look, the most impressive team with the most impressive win so far this season has been the Oklahoma Sooners. Although TCU and Baylor are ranked higher, they have yet to achieve success worthy enough to validate their ranking.
2. TCU (3) (2-0) Next: SMU
After their 70-7 victory against Stephen F Austin University, TCU faces cross-metroplex rival SMU in a battle for the Iron Skillet. TCU shouldn’t really face a challenge; however, until they travel to Texas Tech Sept. 26.
3. Baylor (5) (2-0) Next: BYE
Last week was another weak opponent and another blowout victory. It will be interesting to see if the Baylor Bears can keep up the high quality of play once they venture into Big 12 play where the goal to remain undefeated will be much tougher.
4. K-State (NR) (2-0) Next: Louisiana Tech
Among the nation’s leaders in rushing defense, the Wildcats face their toughest test of the season yet as they match up with high-octane Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
5. Oklahoma State (25) (2-0) Next: UT-San Antonio
In regards to teams ranked fourth, fifth and sixth, you can place any of them in any of those three spots. They will more than likely have the biggest impact on the conference race starting next week when conference play begins.
6. West Virginia (NR) (2-0) Next: BYE
If you think the Wildcats have a rough conference stretch to start the conference slate, here’s what West Virginia has to deal with: Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State and TCU. We’ll know a lot more about this Mountaineer team by the end of October.
7. Texas Tech (NR) (2-0) Next: At Arkansas
Slowly but surely the Red Raiders are making a claim to be a part of the group with K-State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia as serious threats to cause chaos within the Big 12. A win against Arkansas would make it official.
8. Texas (NR) (1-1) Next: Cal
Never a dull moment for the Longhorns: one week you get blown out by Notre Dame, and the next week you get your first win and fire your athletic director. Only in Texas can you be 1-1 and have as much drama as they do.
9. Iowa State (NR) (1-1) Next: Toledo
The Cyclones have to rebound after a second-half meltdown against Iowa this past weekend. Their next two games are very winnable; if not then the next few months in Ames will be very uncomfortable.
10. Kansas (NR) (0-2) Next: BYE
The Jayhawks have the weekend off; all of college football rejoices.