Big 12 Power Poll – Week 4

Week 4 of the Big 12 Conference Power Poll. Parentheses indicates last week’s position.
  1. Nebraska (1) – Bo got mad at his team on Saturday for not killing South Dakota State. I’ll get it a pass… The Cornhuskers just played down to their opponent. Taylor Martinez had a bad game, throwing two picks. The Blackshirts still gave up less than 300 total yards. They’ll be fine. They’re guaranteed to not lose this weekend, either.
  2. Oklahoma (3) – You can say Cincinnati is a weak Big East opponent but I was pretty impressed with Landry Jones and the Sooners’ barely escaping victory over the Bearcats. Jones had 370 yards, 2 TDs and an INT while his running backs supplied the other two touchdowns in their 31-29 win.
  3. Texas (2) – Texas lost very badly at home to UCLA (who lost to K-State), 34-12. Seems like Texas has one of these games every year. I never really believed Texas was that good this year in the first place so I wasn’t too surprised. However, they’ll be able to prove how good they really are this week against Oklahoma followed up with a trip to Nebraska on October 16th. Two wins puts them as favorites to win the South pretty handily with only one more road game on the year (K-State). That bye week in between OU and NU is crucial, too.
  4. Texas A&M (4) – Bye week… Early game at Oklahoma State on Thursday night will be a good test.
  5. Oklahoma State (5) – Bye week…
  6. Texas Tech (6) – Bye week… Play at Iowa State on Saturday in a must-win game if they want to contend for the South crown.
  7. Missouri (7) – Mizzou pummeled Miami of Ohio as seven different Tigers scored a TD. They won 51-13… putting up better numbers than Florida did at the Swamp against the RedHawks.
  8. Kansas State (8) – Squeaked out a victory against Central Florida at home. Carson Coffman threw a TD with :36 left in the game to lead them to a 17-13 win.
  9. Kansas (10) – Kansas defeated New Mexico State behind great performances from D.J. Beshears (three touchdowns – two rushing, one kick return), James Sims (16 rushes, 115 yards, two touchdowns) and Jordan Webb (17-27, 249 yards, 1 touchdown). Kansas travels to Baylor this weekend and they’ll be looking for their first road win since September 12th, 2009 and first Big 12 road win since October 4th, 2008. Can they do it? I’m not really confident they can, especially because of Robert Griffin III.
  10. Colorado (9) – Colorado had a bye week and they play Georgia at home this weekend.
  11. Baylor (11) – Baylor defeated Rice nicely at Rice this week. Robert Griffin III had 20-28, 268 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT. Baylor plays Kansas for the first time since 2007, when KU blew them out. I have a feeling this will be a very close game. Baylor’s only loss of the season came against #4 TCU so we’ll see what Baylor team shows up for conference play.
  12. Iowa State (12) – Iowa State pitched a shutout against Northern Iowa at home, making their record 2-0 against teams with “Northern” in their name this season. They play Texas Tech this week, though. Good luck with that one.