Big 12 Power Poll: Week 2

Week two of college football has come and gone and the Big 12 didn’t look impressive. At least they didn’t lose to an FCS opponent this week, though… We did have our first Big 12 matchup of the year.

Stats through Week 2

Big 12 Power Poll: 

1. Oklahoma State – Previous Week: 1 

Result: Win vs. Texas San-Antonio, 56-35

I didn’t have a chance to watch this game but the No. 13 Cowboys came out with a lot of offense, scoring 56 points. UTSA scored 28 of their 35 points in the fourth quarter so I’m going to assume most of those points came against OSU’s second and third stringers, although I’m not entirely sure.

I do know that J.W. Walsh was 24-of-27 for 326 passing yards and four touchdowns plus a rushing touchdown. That’s enough to keep the Cowboys in the top spot.

Next week: Lamar (Prediction: Win, 63-14)

2. Oklahoma – Previous Week: 2

Result: Win vs. West Virginia, 16-7

I was pretty surprised by the score here. I thought Oklahoma would put up more points. This was a defensive battle for the most part but OU did run for over 300 yards.

Next week: Tulsa, (Prediction: Win, 45-14)

3. Baylor – Previous Week: 5

Result: Win vs. Buffalo, 70-13

Two straight weeks of 69+ points for the Bears. They quite possibly have the best offense in the Big 12. 781 total cards this week. Lache Seastrunk rushed for three touchdowns this week with 150 yards on just 17 rushes. Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards on 13-for-16 passing. That’s a 300 quarterback rating.

The Bears have next week and come back against Louisiana Monroe. I’m predicting pain.

Next week: Bye week

4. TCU – Previous Week: 4

Result: Win vs. Southeast Louisiana, 38-17

Not impressed with TCU again this week. At least they didn’t lose this time. I was expecting a blowout and at least a better defensive performance. TCU did lose their week one starting quarterback, Casey Pachall, to a broken arm. However, Trevone Boykin came in and performed very well.

We’ll see how TCU’s defense handles Texas Tech next week.

Next week:  Texas Tech (Prediction: Win, 30-21)

5. Texas – Previous Week: 3

Result: Loss vs. BYU, 41-20

After a huge 715-yard performance in Week One, Mack Brown must have been pretty confident going to BYU. The result? An embarrassing 41-20 loss. Texas gave up 679 yards. Six-hundred and seventy-nine yards.

That included 550 rushing yards. BYU’s quarterback rushed for 259 yards and had three rushing touchdowns, including a 68-yard rushing TD. Their running back had 182 yards.

I can’t wait to see how KU’s running backs perform against the Longhorns.

Next week: Ole Miss (Prediction:Loss, 34-20)

6. Texas Tech  – Previous Week: 6

Result: Win vs. Stephen F. Austin, 61-13

Another great offensive performance from the Red Raiders with 731 total yards. Walk-on QB Baker Mayfield threw for 367 yards on 21-for-30 passes and three touchdown passes.

The Red Raiders will have a big test next week with TCU. It is a Thursday night game so I know I’ll be watching. TCU’s defense could potentially shut down Tech’s offense and I think they will.

Next week: TCU (Prediction: Loss, 21-30)

7. Kansas State – Previous Week: 8

Result: Loss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 48-27

Kansas State bounced back from their embarrassing week one loss to South Dakota State.

Next week: UMass (Prediction: Win, 42-30)

8. West Virginia – Previous Week: 7

Result: Loss vs. Oklahoma, 7-16

I predicted a Mountaineer loss this week but I was actually impressed that they only gave up 16 points.

Next week: Georgia State (Prediction: Win, 38-10)

9. Kansas  – Previous Week: 10

Result: Win vs. South Dakota, 31-14

I was only four points off from my prediction! Kansas came out and played pretty well for a team that really hasn’t played together before. I thought Jake Heaps was a huge upgrade over Crist (he was heaps better, if you will…). Special teams performed well with good punt returns and a FIELD GOAL! Justin McCay caught the first touchdown for Kansas for a wide receiver since Oct. 22, 2011 (the day that Heaps lost his starting job at BYU, by the way). The running game was exactly what I expected and the defense even showed flashes of brilliance.

The Jayhawks head to Rice next week and I think they’ll squeeze out a win led by a solid rushing attack.

Next week: Rice (Prediction: Win, 35-32)

10. Iowa State  – Previous Week: 9

Result: Bye Week

They didn’t lose. That’s a step-up for the Cyclones.

Next week: Iowa (Prediction: Loss, 24-7)