1. University of Oklahoma (2-0)
Baker Mayfield and the Sooners are for real. OU marched into Columbus, Ohio, and knocked the number two team in the country, Ohio State, off their pedestal in convincing fashion with a 31-16 win. This Saturday, the Sooners will host Tulane in their home stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, and look to continue their dominance. It would be hard to argue against Mayfield as a possible Heisman candidate after the performance he put on against Ohio State last Saturday.
2. Oklahoma State (2-0)
After another convincing win, Oklahoma State has leaped back into the top 10 in the country, sitting at number nine after their win at the University of Southern Alabama this past Friday. The Cowboys, led by Mason Rudolph, have looked impressive in each of their first two games, but have yet to face a high-powered opponent. This Saturday, they head to the University of Pittsburgh to face the Panthers in what should be a more challenging game.
3. Kansas State (2-0)
The Wildcats look like they’re here to stay. K-State ran over Charlotte 55-7 this weekend in a game where senior safety Kendall Adams single-handedly outscored the opposing team, scoring on two defensive touchdowns. Quarterback Jesse Ertz continued to show control over his offense while the defense looked strong as always.
The Wildcats head to Nashville, Tennessee, this weekend to face Vanderbilt in what should be more of a test for Manhattan’s favorite team. K-State jumped up in the rankings again this week, moving to number 18. This team is proving they can compete in what looks to be a competitive Big 12 this year.
4. Texas Christian University (2-0)
The Horned Frogs continue to impress early in the season. Their defense showed up in a major way last Saturday in their 28-7 win over the University of Arkansas. TCU jumped up in the national rankings to number 20 and moved up one spot in the Big 12 rankings. This weekend, they face off with Southern Methodist University and look to keep impressing.
5. West Virginia University (1-1)
Will Grier and the Mountaineers rolled over East Carolina University 56-20 in front of their home crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia. Grier continues to impress, as he threw for five touchdown passes last Saturday in a bounce back win after their tough loss in week one. The Mountaineers will be a tough team to beat within the Big 12 all year. This Saturday, they face off with Delaware State and look to keep rolling.
6. Iowa State (1-1)
The Cyclones suffered a tough loss to their in-state rival, the University of Iowa, falling 41-44 in overtime after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. Even after a loss, Iowa State has proven to be a tough team. This week they will head to Akron, Ohio, to play the Akron Zips in what should be a rebound game.
7. Texas Tech (1-0)
The Red Raiders had a week off, so they stayed put at number seven in the rankings. They face Arizona State in Lubbock, Texas, this weekend.
8. University of Texas (1-1)
After a tough loss in week one, Texas rebounded last week with a statement win over San Diego State 56-0. This win gave the UT faithful some hope for the rest of the season and got the week one bad taste out of their mouth. UT looks to stay hot in what could be a huge win for them against number four University of Southern California on Saturday night. This is a game that will tell us a lot about Texas.
9. University of Kansas (1-1)
It’s hard to imagine how KU could be ahead of anyone in the power rankings after their embarrassing loss to Central Michigan University last Saturday, but you’ll understand why after reading about the Baylor Bears. The Jayhawks look to rebound against the University of Ohio this weekend.
10. Baylor (0-2)
The Baylor Bears are in a world of hurt right now. They suffered another embarrassing loss this weekend to UT San Antonio 10-17. A program that had been a Big 12 contender for years is now just trying to figure out how to beat non-FBS teams. Baylor will head to North Carolina to face Duke this weekend and try to gain some sort of confidence for the remainder of the season.