Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 1

Students in the iCat section hold the family flag before the game between K-State and Central Arkansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. (Photo by Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

1. University of Oklahoma (1-0)

After an impressive opening weekend win over the University of Texas at El Paso, Oklahoma heads into week two ranked number five in the country. This week, they head to Columbus, Ohio, to face the number two team in the country, Ohio State, in what could be a potential College Football Playoff game. Led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma is in charge of the Big 12 to start the season.

2. Oklahoma State (1-0)

Oklahoma State opened up the season very strongly against the University of Tulsa, winning 59-24. They are currently ranked number 11 in the country, dropping out of the top 10 even after an impressive win. On Friday night, they square up with the University of South Alabama. Quarterback Mason Rudolph got off to a good start and is looking to continue his Heisman-hopeful season.

3. Kansas State (1-0)

K-State started off the season with a big win over the University of Central Arkansas last Saturday in Manhattan. Bill Snyder Family Stadium continues to be a tough place for opposing teams to play in. Led by quarterback Jessie Ertz, the Wildcats moved up one spot in the national rankings to 19. They will be back in Manhattan this Saturday to take on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers.

4. West Virginia University (0-1)

The Mountaineers suffered a tough loss last weekend when their late game comeback fell short against Virginia Tech. Even after suffering a heartbreaking loss, the team has a lot to look forward to this season with quarterback Will Grier behind center. No Big 12 team will be overlooking West Virginia. They will attempt to bounce back against East Carolina University.

5. Texas Christian University (1-0)

TCU came out of the gates fast and never slowed down. The Horned Frogs pummeled Jackson State 63-0. They head into the weekend ranked number 23 in the country. TCU has a running back duo that opposing teams will have to game plan for every single week in Kenedy Snell and KaVontae Turpin. This weekend, they look to stay hot against the University of Arkansas.

6. Iowa State (1-0)

Iowa State opened up their 2017 campaign with a win against the University of Northern Iowa, winning 42-24. They have a tough test ahead of them this weekend when they meet their in-state rival, the University of Iowa.

7. Texas Tech (1-0)

Winning 56-10 the opening weekend, Texas Tech started off the season the right way against Eastern Washington University. Although still early in the season, the Red Raiders look like a team that could potentially make some noise in the Big 12. Texas Tech is off next weekend.

8. University of Kansas (1-0)

The Jayhawks opened their season with a win against Southeast Missouri State in Lawrence on Saturday. KU looks to double their win total of last year this weekend against Central Michigan University.

9. University of Texas (0-1)

Texas came into the season with high hopes and a new head coach, but struggled mightily in a loss to Maryland in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns will look to rebound this weekend against San Jose State in Austin.

10. Baylor (0-1)

Baylor’s offseason troubles continued into the season as the Baylor Bears fell at home to a team not even in the BCS. They will look to rebound against the University of Texas at San Antonio this weekend in Waco, Texas.