It’s going to be tough for the Sooners to win any more games this year. You know, with Bob “Worst Coach in the History of the World” Stoops in charge, they’ve got no hope. I gained that knowledge from listening to 1.7 seconds of sports talk radio on Monday. Now on with The Thirsty Beagle Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll…
1. Colorado (1-3, lost to West Virginia 35-24; next, at Texas) The Buffs didn’t get killed by West Virginia, but I never really thought they’d win it, either. Well I especially don’t think they’ll win against Texas or Kansas in the next two weeks. How about they just get used to the idea of trying a 1-5 record on for size.
2. Iowa State (3-2, lost to Kansas State 24-23; next, at Kansas) The Cyclones had a chance to double their win total from last year, but alas, they had a game-tying extra point blocked by the juggernauts from Kansas State.
3. Kansas State (3-2, beat Iowa State 24-23; next, at Texas Tech) Speaking of the unstoppable force known as Kansas State, following this week’s tilt at Texas Tech, the Wildcats have A&M and Colorado at home before playing four straight (OU, KU, Mizzou, Nebraska) which they will almost certainly lose.
4. Texas A&M (3-1, lost to Arkansas 47-19; next, vs. Oklahoma State) You had the glitz and glamour of the new Cowboys Stadium. You had a traditional, throwback match-up of former Southwest Conference rivals. And then you had Texas A&M showing what would happen when an actual football school was on the schedule. Needless to say, the Aggies proved The Thirsty Beagle right when he said he was unimpressed with their 3-0 start.
5. Baylor (3-1, beat Kent State 31-15; next, at Oklahoma) Bears respond with win after losing starting quarterback and definite Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin. Wait, Griffin wasn’t gauranteed to win the Heisman? My bad. The national media had me believing Griffin was the second coming of Tim Tebow, or something.
6. Oklahoma (2-2, lost to Miami 21-20; next, vs. Baylor) Sooners have lost to ranked teams, beat unranked teams. Based on today’s AP rankings, they’d finish 6-6 if that trend continues. Not likely, but neither was a 2-2 start and the rash of injuries to make all other rashes jealous.
7. Texas Tech (3-1, beat New Mexico 48-28; next, vs. Kansas State) Red Raiders looked sluggish against horrible New Mexico team. Just like they looked sluggish at times against Houston. Just like they looked sluggish at times against Texas. Just like they looked sluggish against North Dakota. I’m no rocket scientist, but maybe this is just a sluggish team?
8. Missouri (4-0, bye; next, vs. Nebraska) The Thirsty Beagle is a big fan of Thursday night college football. And Friday night college football. That stretch during bowl season when there’s a game on like 14 straight days? Great! So while I’m really looking forward to this Missouri-Nebraska game, I’m just a little bit more pumped on account of the fact the game’s on Thursday night.
9. Oklahoma State (3-1, bye; next, at Texas A&M) Unlike the fickle voters in the AP and coaches polls, The Thirsty Beagle will not drop OSU in this poll simply because they didn’t play last week. I’ll have no choice but to drop them if the offensive line doesn’t find a way to gel in time for the A&M game, though.
10. Nebraska (3-1, bye; next, at Missouri) Huskers were tested once and they lost. They’ll face a test this Thursday at Missouri. I don’t really have anything else to say about Nebraska. So let’s talk about self-serve frozen yogurt. The Thirsty Beagle is a big fan, especially with some Heath bar crumbles and cocoa-dusted almonds. Yes sir, good stuff. But how long will this craze last? Have you noticed that 75,000 self-serve frozen yogurt shops have opened in the Oklahoma City area in the past couple months? I mean, aren’t they all going to cut into each other’s bottom lines? I’m just hoping one or two survive.
11. Kansas (4-0, bye; next, vs. Iowa State) Jayhawks have games against Iowa State and Colorado next; have a chance to be a sneaky 6-0 when they host OU on Oct. 24. Keep your eyes on this Kansas team. For all the preseason talk about Texas, OSU and OU threatening for BCS games, the Jayhawks have a favorable schedule and may crash the party before all is said and done.
12. Texas (4-0, bye; next, vs. Colorado) The Longhorns will be 5-0 heading into the game against OU. The Sooners will be 3-2 at best and missing their best tight end, their best wideout and playing with a either a rusty quarterback or one who’s never played against Texas before. Either way, looks like things are looking up for the Longhorns.