K-State makes massive jump, KU still has Miles to go in week four Big 12 power rankings

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Junior defensive back Jonathan Alexander runs the ball in for a touchdown after picking up a fumble during K-State's football game against Nicholls State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Aug. 31, 2019. The Wildcats took the Colonels 49-14. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

10. Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks turned it around quickly with a 48-24 domination on the road over Boston College last Friday, snapping a 48-game road losing streak to Power Five opponents. Senior quarterback Carter Stanley played like a completely different player from the 12-7 loss against Coastal Carolina the week before, throwing for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

College football fans won’t see it every weekend this season, but KU could steal a couple of games in the Big 12 if they keep the momentum going.

Kansas will face West Virginia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN+’s Big 12 Now.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State lost to in-state rival Iowa last Saturday in a heartbreaking 18-17 final that was all but decided after a muffed punt by the Cyclones.

The Cyclones have not looked good in the season’s opening two weeks. If they can’t pull together before conference play it could be a long season in Ames.

Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 276 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Tarique Milton had eight receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown.

The Cyclones will play UL Monroe on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1.

8. Texas Tech Raiders

The Red Raiders lost to Arizona 14-28 on Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman left the game early with a shoulder injury and is likely out for several weeks.

Bowman completed 30 of 55 passing attempts for 307 yards and one touchdown. Freshman running back SaRodorick Thompson scored the one rushing touchdown.

Texas Tech will have a week off to recover before facing Oklahoma next week.

7.TCU Horned Frogs

The Horned Frogs defeated Purdue 34-13 on Saturday. It is possible that freshman quarterback Max Duggan will snap the starting position over senior quarterback Alex Delton after going 7 for 18 in passing for 70 yards and one touchdown.

Senior running back Darius Anderson rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The Horned Frogs will be a rush-heavy offense this season.

TCU will play former conference opponent Southern Methodist at home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FS1.

6. Baylor Bears

After a week off, the Bears will face off against Rice on Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBSSN.

The Bears played well on both sides of the ball in their first two games and look to improve heading into conference play.

Junior quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for 362 yards and six touchdowns in two games, and the Bears defense has allowed only 271.5 yards.

5.West Virginia Mountaineers

The Mountaineers got back on track with a 44-27 win over NC State on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Austin Kendall got the offense going, throwing for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Sam James 155 yards off nine receptions and one touchdown.

The Mountaineers begin Big 12 play with a road matchup against Kansas.

4. Kansas State Wildcats

K-State proved doubters wrong on Saturday with a 31-24 win over Mississippi State. The Wildcats earned their first top 25 rank since September 2017 coming in at No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.

Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson threw for 486 yards and four touchdowns in three games. The diverse rushing core helped the Wildcats have a hot start, combining for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns.

K-State has one more week to prepare for opening Big 12 play against Oklahoma State next Saturday.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys struggled early in Saturday’s matchup against Tulsa but dominated the second half to defeat the Golden Hurricanes 40-21 and go 3-0 on the season.

Sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard’s 265 rushing yards and three touchdowns helped the Cowboys avoid an upset.

Oklahoma State will face off against Texas in their Big 12 opener on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on ABC.

2. Texas Longhorns

Texas blew off some steam after a frustrating loss to Louisiana State in week 2 with a 48-13 win over Rice on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram rushed for 74 yards and two touchdowns.

Texas faces a tough road to the College Football Playoff and begins with a tough matchup with Oklahoma State.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma dominated the UCLA Bruins on Saturday in a 48-14 win.

Senior quarterback Jalen Hurts was the story in the first three games, but the Sooner defense played lights out, only allowing 14 points in each of the last two games. Oklahoma collected four sacks and two interceptions in the win over the Bruins.

Oklahoma remains the almost obvious favorite to win the conference.

The Sooners have a week off before beginning conference play at home against Texas Tech.

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