Monday, 13 September 2010 12:47

Big 12 Power Poll

Written by Jay Beck
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    The Big 12 finished week number two wtih a 10-2 overall record. Oklahoma put up the league's biggest win by cruising past Florida State while Colorado and Iowa State struggled on the road in the conference's only losses. Here's where I rank 'em heading into the third week.

     

  1. Texas – The Longhorns finished their prep work for their trip to Lubbock with a 34-7 win over Wyoming. Texas got off to a slow start falling behind 7 – 6 midway through the second quarter but used two big scoring plays to end the half and went into halftime up 20-7. They relied on their stout defense to shut out the Cowboys after halftime. The Horns will have their work cut out for them next week as they tangle with the Red Raiders in the conference openers for both teams.

  2. ↑(1) Oklahoma – The Sooners faced a lot of questions after their subpar performance against Utah State in the opener. Oklahoma put those questions to rest with an impressive performance against the visiting Seminoles. Landry Jones was rock solid throwing for 380 and four TD’s. The Sooner defense stymied a good Florida State offense but will face a completely different challenge this week against Air Force.

  3. (1)Nebraska – The Husker defense got after it on Saturday picking off Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle five times while sending him turf often with seven sacks. There is still a lot of room for improvement as the Husker offense fumbled eight times, losing three, something they’ll have to clean up as they head to Washington for their first road trip of the season.

  4. (1)Missouri – The Tigers cruised against an overmatched McNeese State squad. Mizzou scored on their first four drives and lead 30-0 early in the second quarter. Blaine Gabbert started the game 15 for15 and freshman running back, Henry Josey, rushed seven times for 112 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers figure to roll again this week with San Diego State paying a visit to Columbia.

  5. (1)Kansas State – Daniel Thomas racked up another 137 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri State. After throwing for only 66 yards against UCLA, the Wildcats tuned up their passing game in preparation for their Big 12 opener with Iowa State. Carson Coffman threw for 280 yards on 18 of 26 passing. KSU will play Iowa State this weekend at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

  6. Texas Tech – Tech might have had Longhorns on their mind but they didn’t show it in taking out New Mexico 52-17. Taylor Potts threw for 293 yards and Lyle Leong caught two more TD passes giving him five on the year. Potts and the Red Raider offense will be in for a big challenge this week trying to move the ball on Will Muschamp’s Texas defense.

  7. (1)Texas A&M – The Aggies had another walk in the park beating Louisiana Tech 48-16. The Texas A&M defense continues to look good early in the season giving up only 269 yards on Saturday. A&M should have another easy one this week with Florida International traveling to College Station on Saturday night.

  8. (1)Oklahoma State – After completely dismantling Washington State in the opener, the Cowboys had to hang on against Troy winning 41-38. Kendal Hunter had another big game rushing for 157 yards but Okie State didn’t help themselves with five turnovers. The Cowboys will look to clean things up with Tulsa coming to town on Saturday.

  9. (1)Baylor – Baylor’s defense has still yet to allow a touchdown in 2010 moving to 2-0 by beating Buffalo 34-6. Robert Griffin had 230 yards passing by halftime and Kendall Wright got going after a slow opening week with five catches for 128 yards and a score. The Bears will be put to the test this week against TCU who is ranked in the top five in both polls.

  10. (2)Kansas – Wow. After stumbling badly in the opener, the Jayhawks made amends in a big way beating Georgia Tech 28-25. Freshman running back James Sims and new quarterback Jordan Webb sparked an offense that was abysmal against NDSU. Kansas will be in for another test this week as they travel to Hattiesburg to take on Southern Miss on Friday night.

  11. Iowa State – The Cyclones showed their not quite ready for the big time losing to Iowa 35-7 in Iowa City. Iowa State needs to put this one in the rear view mirror quickly as they open up Big 12 play this week in Kansas City versus Kansas State. For the Cyclones to have a chance, the new to shore up a run defense that allowed 275 on the ground to the Hawks. Stopping Daniel Thomas isn’t going to be any easier.

  12. (3)Colorado – A tough week for the Buffaloes who got drilled by Cal 52-7. It’s only one game, but this can’t be a good sign of things to come for Colorado. CU didn’t help themselves with five turnovers but this was ugly from the start with Cal taking a 31-0 halftime lead. Colorado will try to get up off the mat this week against Hawaii in Boulder. Hopefully being back at home helps repair the Buff’s psyche after a rough second week.
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