1. Kansas (1) – As expected, Kansas handled Northern Colorado. However, we saw a running game that Kansas fans haven’t seen in a while. Maybe the Jayhawks were inspired by Gale Sayers joining the athletic department.
2. Nebraska (2) – Roy Helu, Jr. was brilliant for the Cornhuskers. Again, they took care of business.
3. Missouri (4) – Missouri and their QB Gabbert was probably the biggest surprise out of Week 1 (not counting Sam Bradford). What his success a direct link to Illinois being even worse than people expected?
4. Iowa State (6) – Iowa State impressed me… We’ll see how long this lasts. However, they get the biggest Week 1 jump.
5. Kansas State (5) – Almost lost to UMass. Need we say more?
6. Colorado (3) – Lost to Colorado State. Need we say more?
1. Texas (2) – McCoy was a little shaky in his debut, but still had a 180.1 QB rating. Not bad.
2. Oklahoma St. (3) – Beat Georgia at home. They looked pretty good.
3. Oklahoma (1) – Lost Bradford to injury. We’re not sure how long for… A Bradford-less Oklahoma is probably still bowl-bound, but unless they get him back before the Red River Shootout, OU is not going to the Big 12 Championship Game.
4. Texas A&M (6) – Another surprise here… A&M had the best offense (yardage wise) in the Big 12 in Week 1.
5. Baylor (4) – A good win against Purdue drops them because of A&M.
6. Texas Tech (5) – The other teams just look better than Tech in the South. Not saying they’re awful, but they have some work to do.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week – Todd Reesing, Kansas: 13-20 for 208 yards and 79 rushing yards. Two rushing and two passing touchdowns. He combined for the most touchdowns by a player in the Big 12 in Week 1.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week – Von Miller, Texas A&M: Had three sacks for the A&M defense, which held their opponents to 21 rushing yards (best in the Big 12 for Week 1) and the A&M defense was third overall in total defense allowed (231 yards) behind Texas Tech and Kansas State, but didn’t allow a touchdown (but KSU and TTU did). Basically I’m saying that A&M should win the Defense of the Week, but Miller works, too.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week – D.J. Monroe, Texas: Monroe had 111 kick return yards, including a 89-yard return for a touchdown.