Team (Rec) (Pts) (Last Week)
1. Oklahoma (1-0) (30) (1): Oklahoma has had a week to prepare for #5 Florida State (7 pm, Saturday), Last year Oklahoma rolled Florida State in Norman. Can the Seminoles get revenge this week?
2. Oklahoma State (2-0) (27) (2): Oklahoma State’s offense dominated Arizona last Thursday (37-14 win), now they take their show on the road to in-state Tulsa (1-1).
3. Baylor (1-0) (23) (3): Following Robert Griffin III’s career game in the 50-48 win over TCU two weeks ago, Baylor closes out the non-conference schedule with Stephen F. Austin and Rice. How long can Baylor stay undefeated?
4. Texas A&M (1-0) (22) (4): The Aggies had a week off after their 47-14 blowout over high-powered SMU. They should have no problems with Idaho this week (6 pm)
5. Missouri (1-1) (16) (5): The Tigers surprisingly didn’t drop in the power rankings after suffering the conference’s only loss (13-1) so far this season, 37-30, in overtime, at Arizona State. They did fall out of the polls, but looked more impressive in the loss than in their win over Miami (OH).
6. Texas (2-0) (15) (6): Texas used three quarterbacks in rallying from a 13-0 deficit Saturday in a 17-16 win over BYU. Can Texas win in LA at UCLA this week? Texas lost big last year at home. It will be a huge win for the Horns if they can win.
7. Iowa State (2-0) (14) (7): The Cyclones shockingly don’t move up following a Steele Jantz-led 44-41 3 OT win over rival Iowa Saturday, the Cyclones first win in the series since 2007. Iowa State has a huge test Friday night at UCONN (1-1) on ESPN (7 pm)
8. Texas Tech (1-0) (8) (8): Texas Tech trailed Texas State 10-9 two weeks ago, before waking up in the second half and rolling 43-9. This week the Raiders hit the road to hapless 0-2 New Mexico (2:30 pm, Versus).
9. Kansas (2-0) (6) (10): Kansas offense looks better than everyone expected, but the defense is still very suspect. Kansas gave up 42 points and nearly 500 yards in a last-second, 45-42 win over Northern Illinois. This week, KU looks to sweep the series against Georgia Tech (2-0) with an 11:30 kickoff on Fox Sports Net.
10. Kansas State (1-0) (4) (9): Kansas State faces Kent State (0-2). It’ll take a huge win to get them out of the basement after the Cats scored 10 fourth quarter points to beat FCS Eastern Kentucky 10-7 two weeks ago.
What We Learned: Paul Rhoades and Iowa State are going to be a tough team at home. Rhoades has three signature wins in three years as Iowa State coach. Jantz has a flare for the dramatic, leading Iowa State on a game-winning drive in the final minute against Northern Iowa in week 1 in a 20-19 win, then leading the ‘Clones to a 44-41, 3 overtime win against other in-state rival Iowa…the Kansas offense is going to score some points. They are averaging 45 points per game and are 10th in the nation in rushing at 277 yards per game, but their defense is not good, and will have serious troubles slowing down most Big 12 Conference offenses. The Jayhawks are allowing 441 yards and 33 points per game, and one of the games was against FCS McNeese State…Oklahoma State’s offense hasn’t lost a beat after losing offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia. Oklahoma State is 8th in the nation in scoring (49.0), quarterback Brandon Weeden is second in the nation in passing yards (427 yards per game) and is averaging over 200 a game rushing. The only blemish this far has been Wedden’s four interceptions, two which were returned for touchdowns in their 61-34 week one win over Lousiana-Lafayette. If the defense is improved, Oklahoma State could be VERY dangerous…Missouri was the last Big 12 team to lose last year, and is the first this year, but it took overtime to do so. Quarterback James Franklin rebounded from a lackluster debut by notching 403 total yards, three touchdowns and directing an offense that gained over 500 yards. The Missouri offense may be its best asset this year, when it was believed to be their defense, which was VERY disappointing in Friday’s loss and may be the team’s weakness at this point…Texas rallied from a 13-0 deficit to defeat visiting BYU 17-16 Saturday, but it is clear that Texas is an average team and will struggle this year. The Longhorns used three quarterbacks and turned to a familiar combo: McCoy to Shipley, the younger brother of NFLers Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, Case McCoy and Jackson Shipley in the come-from-behind victory. The Gilbert-era is certainly over after he threw two picks in a 2-of-8 first quarter.
Big 12’s Top Performers
QB James Franklin, Missouri
Stats: 26-42 319, 2 TD passing; 27-84, 1 TD rushing
Franklin was a beast in Friday night’s 37-30 OT loss at Arizona State (2-0) gaining 403 total yards and directing an offense that gained 501 yards. Franklin brought Missouri back from behind three different times. He tied the game at 10-10 with his rushing touchdown in the early minutes of the second quarter, led the Tigers (1-1) on two field goal-scoring drives in the third quarter to tie the game at 16-16, and rallied the Tigers from a 30-16 deficit with two fourth quarter TD’s passes, one on a fourth down. He also orchestrated a drive in the final minute to set-up a potential game-winning field goal that was missed.
Honorable Mention: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (42-53 397 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT…completed first 14 passes and 22 of 23 in Cowboys (2-0) 37-14 win over Arizona (1-1)), Jordan Webb, Kansas (Webb has directed a surprisingly above average Kansas (2-0) offense to 45 points per game after two games. Webb threw 3 touchdowns, including the game-winner in the final seconds of the game to beat Northern Illinois 48-45, on 21-of-30 passing) and Steele Jantz, Iowa State (The junior quarterback led Iowa State to their first win over rival Iowa since 2007 with four touchdown passes and 321 total yards. Jantz threw two fourth down TD passes, both tying the game. One in the fourth quarter and another to send the game into a second overtime in the 44-41 three overtime)
RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
Stats: 15-121, 2 TD rushing, 9-99 receiving
Randle, who gets the most touches in the timeshare in the Cowboys backfield, was a yard away from becoming the first running back in a long line of great running back’s to have 100 yards rushing AND receiving in one game. Totaled 220 yards in just 24 touches.
RB James Sims, Kansas
Stats: 26-112, 2 TD
The true sophomore is averaging 107 yards per game so far in 2011, and is sharing carries with three other running backs.
Honorable Mention: Henry Josey, Missouri (Josey gains 145 yards in just 11 touches, 9-94 rushing, 2-51 receiving, averaging over 13 yards per touch)
WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Stats: 12-119, 2 TD
The nations best receiver last year returned for another season, and has already put together two monster games. Blackmon two almost identical touchdown receptions (3 and 7 yards) on fades into the corner of the end zone and a highlight reel spin move on a routine slant as he continues to dominate defenders.
WR Darious Reynolds, Iowa State
Stats: 6-85, 2 TD
Reynolds caught two of Jantz’s four TD passes, including one in overtime to extend the game, his first career two TD game.
WR DJ Beshears, Kansas
Stats: 7-70, 2 TD
Beshears didn’t catch a pass in the Jayhawks first game, but showed up in a big way Saturday, catching two Webb TD passes, including the game-winner with nine seconds left. Beshears also earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.