Monday, 10 September 2012 13:51

Big 12 Power Poll Week Two: A New Number One

Written by Jay Beck
Big 12 Power Poll Week Two: A New Number One Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

This week features a new number one, the Cyclones make a big jump, and Oklahoma State takes at least a temporary nose dive.  There's still plenty of movement - as their likely will be for several more weeks - with everybody continuing to get tuned up for conference play.

For now, however, here's how things shake out with week number three already on the horizon.


1. (↑2) Kansas State (2-0):  The Wildcats have picked up right where they left off last season.  Kansas State dominated Miami on Saturday in every way imaginable.  How long they stay at the top will be determined in two weeks when they head to Norman.  There's still one more tune up before the showdown with OU, however, with Dan McCarney's North Texas team making their way to Manhattan on Saturday.  Up next: North Texas.

2. (↓1) West Virginia (1-0): The Mountaineers had the weekend off giving them an extra week to prepare for James Madison who Dana Holgorsen said on Monday will be a bigger test for the Mountaineers than was Marshall on opening weekend.  Up next: James Madison.

3. (↓1) Texas (2-0): Mack Brown's crew hasn't been dominant so far, but they've been taking care of business.  They hit the road for the first time this season on Saturday.  Up next: at Ole Miss.

4. (-) Oklahoma (2-0): It's tough to know how much the Sooners improved after their less than impressive performance against UTEP so for now, OU stays put in the number four spot.

5. (↑4) Iowa State (2-0): The Cyclones make a big jump this week.  It wasn't always pretty, but this isn't a beauty pageant.

ISU's road win at Iowa is a more impressive victtory than any team below them has on their resume.  Combine that with their opening week victory over a good Tulsa team and what the Cyclones have is the number five spot all to themselves.  Up next: Western Illinois.

6A. (-)Texas Tech (2-0): The competition hasn't been great, but the Red Raiders' defense has given up just 16 points in two games and continue to look much improved over last year's version.  Tech has one more tune up before they try and solve the Iowa State mystery that has plagued them the past two seasons.  Up next: New Mexico

6B. (↑2) TCU (1-0): The Horned Frogs opened the season without about a dominating of performance as you could have expected. Yes, it was Grambling State, but TCU's offense was humming and their defense allowed just 70 yards in pitching the shutout.  Their first ever Big 12 game awaits.  Up next: @ Kansas.

6C. (-) Baylor (1-0): The Bears were able to kick back and relax after their opening week win over SMU.  They shouldn't have much trouble with Sam Houston State on Saturday, but all of sudden their trip to Louisiana-Monroe the week following looks just a little bit interesting (ULM upset Arkansas this past weekend).  Up next: Sam Houston State.

9. (↓4) Oklahoma State (1-1): It's easy to assume the sky is falling in Stillwater after losing to Arizona.  It's not, although for one week  at least, the Cowboys free fall in the power poll.

What we found out on Saturday night is that Arizona is much better than Savannah State and the Pokes still have plenty to work on if they have any hopes of repeating as Big 12 champs. The Cowboys return to Stillwater this week and will probably enjoy some  good home cooking.  Up next: Louisiana-Lafayette.

10. (-) Kansas (1-1): Losing to Rice isn't exactly the way to build momentum with the first Big 12 game of the year straight ahead.  TCU opens as a 21 point favorite in Lawrence.  Up next: TCU.


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