Big 12 Power Poll

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 WeekTodd 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.