Big 12 Power Poll: Week 1

Week one is officially in the books and the Big 12 had a pretty disappointing week. Two FCS teams took out Big 12 teams this week and No. 20 TCU lost to No. 12 LSU on a neutral field.

Week One Stats

Awards:

  • Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week: David Ash (434 total yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown) and Baker Mayfield (429 total yards, 4 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown)
  • Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: Chris McAllister (One interception for a 25-yard touchdown with an additional tackle for a loss)
  • Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week: B.J. Catalon – 159 total return yards, including a 100-yard touchdown return

Big 12 Power Poll: 

1. Oklahoma State – Previous Week: 1 

Result: Win vs. Mississippi State, 21-3

I watched most of this game and I was pretty disappointed in Oklahoma State in the first half. However, they scored with a couple minutes left in the first half and then cruised the rest of the way.

I think everyone was surprised at how low-scoring the first half was but everyone was surprised that the Cowboys held the Bulldogs to just a field goal. It was a great game all-around for Oklahoma State.

Next week: Texas San-Antonio (Prediction: Win, 67-3)

2. Oklahoma – Previous Week: 3

Result: Win vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0

Trevor Knight didn’t have an incredible passing game, despite throwing three touchdowns. He did have 103 rushing yards, though. The Sooners didn’t play a quality opponent but they got the job done.

Next week: West Virginia, (Prediction: Win, 38-10)

3. Texas – Previous Week: 4

Result: Win vs. New Mexico State, 56-7

715 yards.

Enough said.

The Longhorns had the best offensive showing in the conference this weekend and for that, I’m pretty sure Texas fans are relieved. David Ash threw two INTs but threw for 344 yards and rushed for another 91. The Longhorns had four players who averaged over 8.8 yards per carry in the game (with a minimum of six carries).

Those 715 yards were a school record, by the way.

Next week: at BYU (Prediction: Win, 42-10)

4. TCU – Previous Week: 2 

Result: Loss vs. No. 12 LSU, 27-37

Not impressed at all with TCU. I was expecting their defense to play better. I thought Gary Patterson coached terribly down the stretch. The Horned Frogs had all the momentum after making it a 30-27 game but then TCU gave up a huge kick return which led to a touchdown. TCU then punted the ball away with about 5 minutes to go.

Next week:  Southeast Louisiana (Prediction: Win, 42-3)

5. Baylor – Previous Week: 6

Result: Win vs. Wofford, 69-3

Lache Seastruck did his thing with two touchdowns and 111 rushing yards. The Bears scored the most in the Big 12 this week. They showed just how dangerous they are.

Next week: Buffalo (Prediction: Win, 35-10)

6. Texas Tech  – Previous Week: 9

Result: Win vs. SMU, 41-23

This was probably the biggest (positive) surprise of the week for me in the Big 12. I did not expect the Red Raiders to score 41 points. A walk-on freshman quarterback completed 43 of 60 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns, three of which came in the fourth quarter. It was very impressive. While Texas Tech gave up only 23 points, they did give up quite a few passing yards themselves (388) but SMU did pass it 62 times.  We’ll see if the Big 12 takes advantage of Tech’s passing defense. For now, I’m giving Tech a boost in the power rankings but I could see them dropping off quickly.

Next week: Stephen F. Austin (Prediction: Win, 35-23)

7. West Virginia – Previous Week: 7

Result: Win vs. William & Mary, 24-17

Kind of a weak performance from the Mountaineers but a win is a win. Charles Sims ran for 120 yards and Paul Millard completed 19 of his 25 passes.

Next week: Oklahoma (Prediction: Loss, 10-38)

8. Kansas State – Previous Week: 5

Result: Loss vs. North Dakota State, 24-21

I’m pretty sure most K-State fans and players thought they’d be able to walk all over the Bison. Well, North Dakota State (two-time defending national champions) came in and got a huge win for their FCS program. The Bison finished the game with an 8-minute touchdown drive to give them the lead.

K-State blew this game and it is all on Snyder. Sorry Wildcats, you’re dropping far this week.

Next week: Louisiana-Lafayette (Prediction: Win, 23-17)

9. Iowa State  – Previous Week: 8

Result: Loss vs. Northern Iowa, 28-20

Pretty sad performance for the Cyclones against an FCS opponent but this was a reoccurring trend in football this week.

Next week: Bye (Prediction: Less embarrassment than Week 1)

10 Kansas  – Previous Week: 10

Result: Bye Week

With a win next week, I’ll be moving the Jayhawks ahead of K-State and the Cyclones at the very least.

Next week: South Dakota (Prediction: Win, 35-14)