Thursday, 08 September 2011 00:49

The First Big 12 Power Poll of 2011

Written by Jason Madson

The Big 12 went a perfect 10-0 in the opening round of games included Baylor's upset of TCU.  Here's where everyone stands heading into week number two.

1. Oklahoma Sooners

This team is absolutely loaded. Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles looked like they were still on the same page. Kenny Stills should be back for the next game, making the passing game that much stronger. Dominique Whaley was a very nice surprise in the running game, his 4 touchdowns were a nice addition. I was worried, not that the Sooners would lose, but I thought they would have trouble containing GJ Kinne. The OU D looked good.

Next game: Sept 17 @ Florida State

 

2. Texas A&M Aggies

With all the SEC distractions surrounding the Aggies, I thought this game would be closer than it ended up being. The Aggies shutdown the high scoring SMU offense with relative ease. Cyrus Gray continued his 100 rushing yards streak and Christine Michael chipped in another 85 on the ground. Ryan Tannehill was his usual, very accurate self.

Next game: Sept 17 vs. Idaho

 

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

The loss of OC Dana Holgorsen worried some people in the offseason. How much would the offense change some wondered. The answer was obvious, nothing changed. The Cowboys put up 666 yards and 61 points in this game. The only thing that concerned me, besides the hideous OSU uniforms, were the Weeden interceptions. He threw 3, even though one was a deflection. Joseph Randle had a nice day with 129 and 2 scores on the ground. This is the same, dangerous Cowboy team we are used too.

Next game: Sept 8 vs. Arizona

 

4. Baylor Bears

Did we witness the game of the year last Friday night? Amazing performance by both of these squads as Baylor beat TCU by 2 points, 50-48. Robert Griffin III had a day for his Heisman resume. RG3's 359 yards and 5 TD's in the air and 38 more on the ground made him a household name on Friday night. Some people were even calling for RG3 to be the 14th member of the SEC. Kendall Wright and Terrance Ganaway were important members of the offense, as well. The Bears D was a lot less impressive. They allowed a massive comeback by TCU that almost cost Baylor the game. Towards the end Art Briles looked a little conservative with his star QB and offense. Hopefully he learned from this.

Next game: Sept 17 vs. Stephen F. Austin

 

5. Texas Longhorns

After one game, the new coordinators seem to be a good fit for the Longhorns and HC Mack Brown. Since I couldn't watch this game(thanks Longhorn Network!) I really can only comment on the highlights I saw and what I have read. Garrett Gilbert at times looked better than last year and at others looked the same. He was on the run and throwing off balance passes in the 7 minutes of highlights I was able to watch. No turnovers for GG is a very good step in the right direction though. The youngsters (Shipley and Brown) both had very impressive starts to their careers. The Longhorns D held up well all game, but did give up 130 yards on the ground to a Rice team they should dominate at the LOS. This is a good start, but the true test is this week vs. BYU.

Next game: Sept 10 vs. BYU

 

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Big 12 needs to get familiar with two things: Seth Doege to Darrin Moore and a tougher Tech defense led by new DC Chad Glasgow. Although it was against an overmatched Texas State defense, Seth Doege looked like he is going to handle the Red Raiders QB position just fine. Darrin Moore is a big time playmaker who I have been calling to breakout all offseason. These 2 could very well put themselves up with some elite company in Lubbock if they continue this relationship. Eric Stephens had his usual solid game with over 100 yards and a couple scores. The Texas Tech defense is going to take a huge stride forward in Glasgow's first year and the switch to the 4-2-5. I'm looking forward to watching this team grow.

\Next game: Sept 17 @ New Mexico

 

7. Missouri Tigers

Mizzou fans are used to QB's making their first start having a huge game, not so much this time. James Franklin struggled throughout the game to get into a rhythm. He had a turnover that turned into 6 points for Miami and a few bad throws on top of that. He ran the ball very well though and came thru when it mattered with a TD pass to Marcus Lucas. The Tiger defense was a different story. This team is extremely talented at every level . Brad Madison came up with a couple sacks and

my breakout pick EJ Gaines picked off a pass. The injury bug did bite Mizzou with Jacquies Smith and Will Ebner suffering injuries that will keep them out for at least the Arizona State game.

Next game: Sept 9 @ Arizona State

8. Kansas Jayhawks

I'll give the Jayhawks credit, their offense looked good. The 4 headed monster at running back will cause some teams problems this season. The backs have a ton of speed to burn and it looks like HC Turner Gill isn't afraid to use it. Jordan Webb also had a decent game. This is where the compliments end. Kansas is going to get torched in the Big 12 week in and week out if they don't shore up their passing defense. McNeese State should not be able to gain 325 yards through the air and 420 total. KU is headed in the right direction, but they aren't there yet.

Next game: Sept 10 vs. Northern Illinois

 

9. Iowa State Cyclones

I was worried for a while in this one. The Cyclones are my sleeper pick in the Big 12 and they probably put a lot of people to sleep in this one. Steele Jantz came thru in the clutch and the Cyclone D held on for a 20-19 victory.

Next game: Sept 10 vs. Iowa

 

10. Kansas State Wildcats

Yuck. This is all I can say for this one. 4 fumbles, an interception and a late comeback over Eastern Kentucky isn't good. John Hubert was a pleasant surprise, rushing for 91 yards.

Next game: Sept 17 vs. Kent State

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