Big 12 Power Poll – Week 3

Week 3 of the Big 12 Conference Power Poll. Parentheses indicates last week’s position.
  1. Nebraska (1) – Nebraska beat up on Washington, 56-21. Taylor Martinez had another great game with one passing touchdown (7-11 passing and 150 yards), three rushing touchdowns (19 rushes, 137 yards). He has eight rushing touchdowns this season. The Cornhuskers have held all their opponents under 300 total yards this season.
  2. Texas (2) – The Longhorns beat Texas Tech  in early Big 12 action. It wasn’t a very good offensive effort on either side as Garrett Gilbert threw 3 interceptions for Texas while Taylor Potts threw 2 interceptions. Both teams combined for 9-33 on third down conversions (6-20 for Texas, 3-13 for Texas Tech).
  3. Oklahoma (3) – After having a great game against Florida State last week, the Sooners escaped with a win over  Air Force 27-24. DeMarco Murray rushed for 110 yards on 26 rushes and two touchdowns and also had a receiving touchdown.
  4. Texas A&M (4) A&M was losing 20-6 to Florida International at the start of the fourth quarter before scoring 21 unanswered points to win, 27-20. FIU benefited from four interceptions thrown by Jerrod Johnson.
  5. Oklahoma State (7) – Crushed Tulsa 65-28. Brandon Weeden threw for 409 yards on 23-32  passing and six touchdowns. Oklahoma State had 722 total yards. The Cowboys had one of the nicest performances in the Big 12 this season.
  6. Texas Tech (5) – Lost to Texas, but there really isn’t another team in the Big 12 that could jump them other than Oklahoma State this week.
  7. Missouri (7) – Gabbert had one of his worst performances of his career at Missouri by throwing two picks. He threw his only touchdown with 1:10 left after San Diego State had taken a 24-20 lead.
  8. Kansas State (8) – The Wildcats move to 3-0 on the season and got their first Big 12 win at Farmeggedon at Arrowhead this weekend against Iowa State. Daniel Thomas had another outstanding game with 181 rushing yards on 34 rushes, and two touchdowns. Carson Coffman was 6-12 for 104 yards and one interception.
  9. Colorado (11) – Beat Hawaii 31-13. Kansas (12) – The Jayhawks got the win over Georgia Tech at home, playing much better than week 1. If they can get the win on the road this week, they’re looking at third place in the North.
  10. Kansas (9) – Southern Miss beat up on Kansas pretty badly. The Jayhawks were out of the game early. Jordan Webb was 16-26 for 138 yards and was sacked four times. He only threw one touchdown but it was too late as Kansas was down 21 points at the time. Sims followed up his outstanding game in week two with a subpar performance (20 rushes, 74 yards). Deshaun Sands (8 rushes, 34 yards) provided the other touchdown. It came down to execution and KU could not make plays. KU didn’t turn the ball over and only had three penalties (19 yards). KU was 9-19 on 3rd down conversions.  The players and coaches often looked confused on plays and I’ll attribute that to that being their first game on the road. Kansas takes on New Mexico State at home next weekend and they should be able to get the win.
  11. Baylor (10) – Baylor was destroyed at TCU, 45-10. Other than being sacked three times, Robert Griffin didn’t turn the ball over against a good Horned Frogs defense, he had a 118.1 QB rating (16-28 for 164 yards, one touchdown). On the other side of the ball, Andy Dalton was 21-23 for 267 yards, two touchdowns, and a 217.5 QB rating.
  12. Iowa State (12) – Lost to Kansas State, 27-20.