Tuesday, 04 October 2011 08:51

Big 12 Power Poll: Week Five

Written by Jay Beck

There is no change at the top of the Big 12 rankings this week, but there were plenty of shake ups below Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  Only one game into the conference schedule, things are still very fluid as teams continue to jockey for position in the conference pecking order.

Big 12 Power Poll following action in week five.

1. (-) Oklahoma (4-0) No change at the top of the poll this week.  It may have just been Ball State, but Oklahoma did what they should do which is a dismantle a weaker opponent.  The competition level goes back up a few notches this week at the Texas State Fair and you all know what that means.  We all know how good the Sooners are, but what about the Longhorns?  We will find out Saturday.  Up next:  Texas

2. (-) Oklahoma State (4-0) The Cowboys had an extra week to enjoy their win over Texas A&M just a little while longer.  Kansas comes to town this weekend bringing a defense with them that frankly isn't very good.  It's  scary to think what the Cowboys offense could do this weekend.  Here's an early prediction the Cowboys second and third units get a lot of work on Saturday.  Up next:  Kansas

3. (↑2) Kansas State (4-0) How about the Wildcats on Saturday?  The Wildcats find themselves 4-0 and ranked 20th and 21st in the top 25 polls this week after their come from behind win over Baylor.  The Wildcat had their issues slowing down Robert Griffin as expected, but they made the plays when they needed to Saturday.  The Wildcats have another very, very, big home game coming up this weekend before going on the road for back-to-back weeks.  Up next:  Missouri.

4. (↑2) Texas (4-0) The Longhorns have so far avoided the early season pitfalls that plagued them last season.  The jumped on Iowa State's early mistakes and had little trouble dismissing the Cyclones.  Now they can turn their focus to their biggest challenge of the season, the annual showdown with Oklahoma.  If they want to prove to the country they are truly back, a win Saturday would certainly do that.  Texas defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, will certainly earn his paycheck over the next two weekends trying to figure out how to stop Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.  Up next:  Oklahoma

5. (↑2) Texas Tech (4-0) It wasn't always pretty Saturday in Lawrence, but Red Raiders did what they had to do in their win over Kansas.  After a weak schedule to this point, the wins won't be nearly as easy to come by from here on out for Tommy Tuberville's squad.  The challenge starts Saturday in Lubbock as Tech will try and figure out how to slow down a very good Aggie offense.  And for those of you who haven't noticed, that'll be a big challenge for a Texas Tech defense that has a few holes in it.  Up next:  Texas A&M

6. (↓3) Baylor (3-1) After Saturday's game, you can't help but think that Art Briles and the Bears felt they let one get away.  Winning on the road is never easy and a win in Manhattan would have been huge for Baylor.  Now they'll have to rebound with a very capable Iowa State team coming to town this weekend.  It's early in the season to call any game a must win, but looking at the Bear's remaining schedule, Saturday's game against Iowa State is very, very, important.  Up next:  Iowa State

7. (↓3) Texas A&M (2-2) If only they played the first half in college football, the Aggies would still be undefeated and ranked in the top ten.  That's not the case, however, which is why they find themselves in sitting at 2-2 and barely hanging on in the top 25.  They take their show on the road to west Texas this weekend for a matchup with the Red Raiders who will be another team which will test their suspect pass defense.  The Aggies need to stop the bleeding.  Up next:  Texas Tech

8. (↑1) Missouri (2-2) The Tigers get back to action this weekend after getting last weekend off.  Missouri may be getting a couple of its running backs back on the field this week which is good for their depth, but there's no question Henry Josey has done a phenomenal job as the number one back while they're out.  At 2-2, it's been a slightly disappointing start for the Tigers, but they still have the talent and experience, to do some damage the rest of the way.  Up next:  as Kansas State.

9. (↓1) (Iowa State (3-1) The Cyclones didn't give themselves much of a chance against the Longhorns this past weekend.  Three first quarter turnovers followed by a blocked punt returned for a touchdown ensured it wasn't going to be two in a row for the Cyclones over Texas.  ISU now hits the road for a very important game in Waco in a game that could go a long ways in deciding who is, and who isn't, playing in a bowl game this coming postseason. Up next:  at Baylor

10. (-) Kansas (2-2) I'm still in the camp that Kansas is much better than last season, especially on offense.  But it's still clear Kansas has major issues on the defensive side of the ball.  Do they have any hope in slowing down Oklahoma State this week?  I'm not seeing it.  Until the defense improves, it's hard to Kansas winning many more games this season.

 

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