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Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

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1. Oklahoma State (3-0) (Last Week: 1)

It was business as usual for the Cowboys in their home opener. JW Walsh, who was near perfect a week ago, looked a bit more human completing 18-of-30 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. He was pulled in the third quarter. Coach Mike Gundy thought Okie State played OK.

This week: W vs. Lamar (59-3)

Next week: Bye

2. Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) (LW: 2)

The Sooners took care of Tulsa with ease. Quarterback Blake Bell, who made his first career start, threw for 413 yards and four scores. OU will use the next two weeks to prepares for the Golden Domers of Notre Dame.

This week: W vs. Tulsa (51-20)

Next week: Bye

3. Baylor (2-0) (LW: 3)

This week: Bye

Next week: vs. ULM

4. Texas Tech (3-0, 1-0) (LW: 5)

After averaging 51 points in their first two games, the Red Raiders defense was the story Thursday night...and a fox behind the TCU bench in the third quarter.

This week: W vs. TCU (20-10)

Next week: vs. Texas State

5. TCU (1-2, 0-1) (LW: 4)

It's the damn fox's fault. It was the reason TCU couldn't score any points. Or maybe it was because the Horned Frogs took way too many penalties. Quarterback Trevone Boykin ran for 101 yards.

This week: L at Texas Tech (10-20)

Next week: Bye

6. Kansas State (2-1) (LW: 6)

Not much to say about this one except for the fact the Wildcats should have won by more. Beating UMass, which is considered one worst teams in the country, by 30 points is unacceptable. KSU will head to Austin next week to face a Texas team they've defeated five straight times.

This week: W vs. Massachusetts (37-7)

Next week: at Texas

7. West Virginia (2-1, 0-1) (LW: 9)

Congrats, Mountaineers on beating the worst team in college football. It was hard to put them in seventh, but the last three teams haven't been very impressive.

This week: W vs. Georgia State (41-7)

Next week: vs. Maryland (in Baltimore)

8. Texas (1-2) (LW: 7)

The downward spiral continues for Texas. Mack Brown has got to be shown the door sooner rather than later. The flagship school for the state is losing out to A&M, which is the last thing DeLoss Dodd wants. It's only going to get more difficult from here with Big 12 play starting for the Longhorns next week. Did I mention Texas has lost to Kansas State five times in a row?

This week: L vs. Ole Miss (23-44)

Next week: vs. Kansas State

9. Kansas (1-1) (LW: 8)

Burn the tape, except for the plays Ben Heeney made. Jake Heaps looked like Dayne Crist, and not in a good way. Jimmay "Best Hands on the Team" Mundine dropped pass after pass including a critical third-down pass in the fourth quarter, which looked like a sure touchdown. Secure the ball, then run. That's one that got away from the Jayhawks. Also, more touches for Tony Pierson. I cannot emphasize that enough.

This week: L at Rice (14-23)

Next week: vs. Louisiana Tech

10. Iowa State (0-2) (LW: 10)

If it wasn't clear already, football is down in the state of Iowa. The highly coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy returned to Iowa City for the first time since 2010. Quarterback Sam Richardson's ankle sprain in Week 1 still seems to be bothering him as he threw for 260 yards and two interceptions.

This week: L vs. Iowa (21-27)

Next week: at Tulsa