Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

Junior running back Dalvin Warmack runs the ball down the field during the K-State football game against Charlotte in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Sept. 9, 2017. (File photo by Nathan Jones | Collegian Media Group)

K-State has fallen down in the power rankings after a loss against Vanderbilt, but what teams remain on top?

1. University of Oklahoma (3-0)

Even after another dominant performance by the Sooners, they dropped back to number three in the national rankings after spending a week at number two. This team doesn’t look like they will be slowing down any time soon, though. Baker Mayfield went out and played another great game, and he continues to look like a Heisman candidate every single week. The Sooners will head down to Waco, Texas, this week to face the Baylor Bears, who have yet to show any signs of life this season.

2. Oklahoma State (3-0)

In a game that some thought would be the Cowboys’ first test of the season at the University of Pittsburgh, Mason Rudolph and company won 59-21, putting up almost 50 points in the first two quarters. They jumped all the way up to number six in the country after this performance, and they have another chance to prove their dominance when they go up against number 16 TCU in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

3. Texas Christian University (3-0)

This is a team that seems to get better every week. For three quarters of the game last Saturday, the Horned Frogs were in a tightly contested matchup against Southern Methodist University, but took over the game in the fourth quarter and closed it with a 56-36 win. This weekend, they have a huge opportunity to prove how good they truly are when they head to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in what will be an exciting Big 12 matchup.

4. West Virginia University (2-1)

The Mountaineers easily handled Delaware State, winning 59-16. They will head to Lawrence to take on a KU team that has not impressed this season. After a week one loss, West Virginia is a team that could be very competitive the rest of the year.

5. Kansas State (2-1)

The Wildcats suffered a heartbreaking 14-7 loss at Vanderbilt this past weekend, and they did not look anything like the team we saw in the first two games of the season. The offense struggled mightily, but the defense was still strong, only allowing 14 points. The Wildcats have a weekend off before opening up Big 12 play against Baylor on Sept. 30.

6. Iowa State (2-1)

Iowa State had no problem against Akron last Saturday, defeating them 41-14. The Cyclones have a weekend off before facing the University of Texas when they start conference play next weekend.

7. Texas Tech (2-0)

The Red Raiders looked strong in their 52-45 win over Arizona State, and they could stay undefeated as they head to Houston this weekend to play the University of Houston Cougars.

8. University of Texas (1-2)

Texas would be a lot higher up in this power ranking if they had been able to pull off an upset against number four University of Southern California on Saturday night. The Longhorns fell to the Trojans in double overtime after leading by three points with less than a minute remaining in the game. Texas fans should be optimistic, though, because the team showed they can compete with one of the top teams in the country. They have the weekend off as they prepare to face Iowa State to start Big 12 play.

9. University of Kansas (1-2)

Another weekend, another Jayhawks loss. Kansas suffered a 42-30 loss to the University of Ohio on Saturday, and they once again don’t seem to be showing any signs of competitive spirit. They will face West Virginia this weekend in Lawrence.

10. Baylor (0-3)

One of the better showings we have seen from this Baylor Bear team was their 34-20 loss to Duke. This weekend, they head up with the number three team in the country, Oklahoma.