The Thirsty Beagle had to deal with major personal trauma and hardship this past weekend: Being in Canada with no access to TV channels that show college football games. It was tough. But you know, when one of your old high school buddies gets married, sometimes you have to make a sacrifice. So that’s what I did. (Congrats to Ken and Meg! Really, there’s no place I rather would have been on Saturday night. I swear!) Fear not, though, Thirsty Beagle fans. I won’t let this little setback get in the way of bringing you Week 2 of the TTB Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll. Through the powers of the Internet, I have brought myself up to speed and am ready to proceed.
1. Colorado (1-1, last week: lost to California 52-7): The Buffs 24-3 win against Colorado State doesn’t look so hot after CSU’s 51-6 butt-whipping at the hands of mid-major Nevada. Against a real conference foe, things didn’t go so well for Colorado.
2. Iowa State(1-1, last week: lost to Iowa 35-7): The Cyclones looked quite punchless against their in-state rival in a game that many of the players billed as their Super Bowl-type game. Many of the Iowa State players, at least. One Iowa player was quoted before the game as saying the Hawkeyes were the only major football team in the state. Even with that bulletin board material, no fight from ISU.
3. Kansas (1-1, last week: beat Georgia Tech 28-25): I was almost certain Kansas would be bolted to the No. 1 spot in this poll after its truly horrendous opening loss; bouncing back against a major conference opponent was enough to bump them up a few spots.
4. Baylor (2-0, last week: beat Buffalo 34-6): As far as routs go, beating a listless Buffalo 34-6 doesn’t do much for me.
5. Oklahoma State(2-0, last week: beat Troy 41-38): Major red-flag game here for OSU. The defense gave up a ton of points, special teams got burned and the offense turned it over five times. Does Weeden have a gimpy thumb? I mean, there’s nothing really victorious about fumbling the snap in victory formation.
6. Kansas State (2-0, last week: beat Missouri State 48-24): Kansas State got a lot of credit last week for its win against UCLA. Some of that credit was ripped away when UCLA was shut out at home by Stanford over the weekend.
7. Missouri (2-0, last week: beat McNeese State 50-6): For scoring 50 points, you’d think Missouri would have tallied more than 438 yards of offense. I guess the five turnovers helped.
8. Texas Tech (2-0, last week: beat New Mexico 52-17): No style points for beating New Mexico — after all, 52-17 isn’t quite as impressive at Oregon’s 72-0 win the week before — but no real problems, either, for Tech after two weeks.
9. Oklahoma (2-0, last week: beat Florida State 47-17): OU bounces up the poll after decreasing its lack of power with a sound beating of FSU.
10. Texas A&M (2-0, last week: beat Louisiana Tech 48-16): A&M put up a ton of yards and played not too bad defensively. Predictions of a potent Aggies offense seem to be proving true.
11. Texas (2-0, last week: beat Wyoming 34-7): Good defensive effort by the Longhorns, but fans should be worried about lack of dominating wins against inferior opponents at home and near-home first two games.
12. Nebraska (2-0, last week: beat Idaho 38-17): Nebraska looked very sloppy against the over-matched Vandals, turning the ball over four times. Not wanting to be outdone, Idaho turned it over six times. Nebraska holds this spot for another week.