Posted October 2nd, 2008 by Brian
Filed under: Feature, Football

There were several of teams off last week in the conference but there was still a lot of movement in the power rankings. Losses by Colorado and Nebraska and a shaky home win by Texas A&M sent all those teams down a bit. Meanwhile Oklahoma State continues to win in impressive fashion. The Cowboys are undefeated and putting up big offensive numbers so have moved up three spots to number five. Conference play starts Saturday so things should be much clearer in next week’s rankings.

Check out this week’s Big 12 power rankings below:

  1. [tag]Oklahoma[/tag]
    LW: 1

    The Sooners jumped to a huge first quarter lead against [tag]TCU[/tag] and then just road that through the end of the game. QB Sam Bradford threw for a ton of yards but had by far his least accurate performance of the season. More troubling for OU is the complete ineffectiveness of the running game. They tried to force the issue but manage to only rush for an abysmal 25 yards on 36 carries.

  2. [tag]Missouri[/tag]
    LW: 2

    Bye week. The Tigers face Nebraska this weekend to open Big 12 play.

  3. Texas
    LW: 3

    Another week and another 52 – 10 win for the Longhorns, this time over SEC rival [tag]Arkansas[/tag]. The Texas offense has been impressive all season but for the first time all season the defense was dominant. The front seven was able to sack the Razorbacks’ QBs seven times and the Horns are now top five nationally with 16 sacks on the season. Texas faces Colorado Saturday at 6pm on FSN.

  4. [tag]Texas Tech[/tag]
    Texas Tech
    LW: 4

    Bye week. Red Raiders open Big 12 play against Kansas State.

  5. [tag]Oklahoma State[/tag]
    Oklahoma State
    LW: 8

    Okie Lite put another 50 spot on the scoreboard this past weekend against Troy. The Trojans aren’t exactly a national power but [tag]Ohio State[/tag] struggled to get past them while the Cowboys racked up 612 total yards. They host the Aggies Saturday at 7pm.

  6. [tag]Kansas[/tag]
    LW: 7

    Bye week. KU opens conference play with a virtual bye against Iowa State.

  7. [tag]Colorado[/tag]
    LW: 5

    Colorado didn’t show up well in a surprisingly thorough loss to [tag]Florida State[/tag]. QB and coach’s son Cody Hawkins was inaccurate and inefficient and the running game didn’t do enough to pick him up. The FSU offense wasn’t much better but thanks to terrible kick coverage was able to play with a short field on several possessions. The Buffaloes face the Longhorns Saturday.

  8. [tag]Nebraska[/tag]
    LW: 6

    Nebraska fans may be disappointed in a home loss to [tag]Virginia Tech[/tag] but Bo Pelini’s team fought hard till the end and almost came back and won it. This week Nebraska has a tough one when they host #4 Missouri.

  9. [tag]Baylor[/tag]
    LW: 10

    Bye week. Next up are the number one ranked Sooners.

  10. [tag]Kansas State[/tag]
    Kansas State
    LW: 9

    Another shaky week for the Wildcats, barely beating a 1 – 3 Louisiana-Lafayette team in Manhattan. QB Josh Freeman and the offense again looked solid but the defense looked like swiss cheese. The Ragin’ Cajuns ran all over them to the tune of 335 total rushing yards in the game. Not good. Up this week is Texas Tech.

  11. [tag]Iowa State[/tag]
    Iowa State
    LW: 12

    Bye week. This week the Cyclones face off against Kansas.

  12. Texas A&M
    Texas A&M
    LW: 11

    Just how bad are the Aggies? Army wasn’t just winless but they were winless against mediocre competion, and at Kyle Field the A&M needed a fourth down stop to escape with a win. Their match-up with Oklahoma State Saturday night will be an interesting one to watch (but not actually watch because it’s embarrasingly not being televised).


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  1. reply to  #1

    Mike Craven

    I’ve been high on OSU all season. They will win some games they shouldn’t, but will drop some games they should win. The hardest part of becoming a dominant year in and year out team in sports is winning all the games you’re supposed to.

  2. reply to  #2


    I liked their team but have never had any respect for Mike Gundy as a coach. I expect them to roundly thrash the Aggies this weekend.

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