With so many teams involved in nonconference action, there was plenty of potential for movement with big wins or losses. Instead, most of the teams in action won and we didn’t learn a whole lot about relative strengths of the conference. But rather than dwell on what we could have had, let’s dive into what we know about the conference after just two weeks.
1. #2 Oklahoma Sooners (2-0, Last Week: 1)
Last Week: Won at #2 Ohio State, 31-16
That was a huge win for Oklahoma, and it's impossible to argue that anyone should have this spot over them. In fact, this win alone pretty much guarantees them the top spot until they lose.
Up Next: vs Tulane (1-1) at 5:00PM
2. #9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-0, LW: 2)
Last Week: Won at South Alabama, 44-7
A strange road game at South Alabama didn't prove to be a test for this team at all. This week we'll get to see how this team will handle itself on the road.
Up Next: @ Pitt (1-1) at 11:00AM on ESPN
3. #20 TCU Horned Frogs (2-0, LW: 6)
Last Week: Won at Arkansas, 28-7
Going in to Arkansas and dominating the game like that was most impressive, and so they get the nod in the 3 spot this week. They are heavily favored against a mediocre SMU squad, and I'm expecting them to show why.
Up Next: vs SMU (2-0) at 2:30PM on ESPNU
4. #18 Kansas State Wildcats (2-0, LW: 3)
Last Week: Won vs Charlotte, 55-7
Another sacrificial lamb for Kansas State. This week should allow us to actually get a sense of what this team is going to be like.
Up Next: @ Vanderbilt (2-0) at 6:30PM on ESPNU
5. West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0, LW: 5)
Last Week: Won vs East Carolina, 56-20
They absolutely destroyed a bad East Carolina team, and this week should be more of the same.
Up Next: vs Delaware State (0-2) at 11:00AM
6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0, LW: 4)
Last Week: BYE
This is correcting the mistake I made in my first rankings, after I switched the Sagarin rankings of Texas Tech and TCU. A bye last week was not only strangely timed, but it means that they can't add to any accomplishments to justify staying up in the top half of the league.
Up Next: vs Arizona State (1-1) at 7:00PM
7. Texas Longhorns (1-1, LW: 9)
Last Week: Won vs San Jose State 56-0
All that last game proved is that this team isn't Kansas. We won't know if that Maryland game was an aberration until after this weekend. Stay respectable at USC and I'll be willing to write off the Maryland loss as simply a poor performance in a new coaches debut, which happens quite often.
Up Next: @ #4 USC (2-0) at 7:30PM on FOX
8. Iowa State Cyclones (1-1, LW: 7)
Last Week: Lost vs Iowa, 44-41 (OT)
That was a nut punch of a loss. Iowa scored on a last minute drive to tie it, and you could tell in OT that the Cyclones were just completely deflated. I still don't know if Iowa State is better this year or Iowa is significantly worse, but the next few weeks should give us all the information we need. If Iowa State can cruise through this game, I'll be willing to move them up.
Up Next: @ Akron (1-1) at 11:00AM on CBS Sports
9. Kansas Jayhawks (1-1, LW: 8)
Last Week: Lost vs Central Michigan, 45-27
The ONLY thing keeping Kansas out of the cellar is the fact that Baylor lost again to a horrible team, and they showed just how inept their offense can be. If Kansas gets blown out on the road in Ohio this week, I might have to move them into the bottom spot regardless of what happens to Baylor at Duke.
Up Next: vs Ohio (1-1) at 11:00AM on ESPNU
10. Baylor Bears (0-2, LW: 10)
Last Week: Lost vs UT San Antonio, 17-10
Baylor absolutely embarrassed themselves this last week, and that's pretty much the only reason I'm acknowledging them this week, despite Mike's declaration that we should ignore them.
Up Next: @ Duke (2-0) at 11:30AM on ACC Network
Fun With Stats
Unfortunately, we once again don’t have anything that we can celebrate here, and I wasn’t in the mood to try and dig too deep to find something obscure. If we somehow magically pull off a win, I’ll make sure we get something here next week.