Nothing warms The Thirsty Beagle’s heart like Baylor taking a good ol’-fashioned beating. But will that be enough to propel the Bears to the top of the Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll?
1. Kansas (1-2, lost to Southern Miss 31-16): Is the ACC the worst conference in the history of the world? How else can you explain Kansas’ win against Georgia Tech? The Jayhawks’ losing to Southern Miss was pretty bad, but I’m giving KU residual horribleness points for the season-opening home loss to North Dakota State.
2. Baylor (2-1, lost to TCU 45-10): Baylor’s coach and players said they were embarrassed after their performance against the Horned Frogs. I’ll tell you this: I didn’t feel embarrassed. I felt like I was welcoming back a good friend I hadn’t seen since last football season. These are the Baylor Bears I know and love.
3. Iowa State (1-2, lost to Kansas State 27-20): Things are not looking good for Iowa State right now. After a should-win against Northern Iowa next week, the Cyclones get Texas Tech and Utah at home followed by Oklahoma and Texas on the road, pretty much guaranteeing no bowl game this year.
4. Colorado (2-1, beat Hawaii 31-13): What? Colorado’s still in the Big 12?
5. Texas A&M (3-0, beat Florida International 27-20): The Aggies had to stage a serious rally to beat the Florida International Whipping Boys in College Station. If A&M has that much difficulty on its home field against that level of competition, it could be in for some big-time trouble this season.
6. Texas Tech (2-1, lost to Texas 24-14): To me, the Tech offense looked a lot better under Mike Leach. I have a sneaking suspicion there are a lot of Tech fans that feel the same way after the Red Raiders managed only 144 yards of offense on Saturday night.
7. Missouri (3-0, beat San Diego State 27-24): Missouri joins Texas A&M in the too-close-for-comfort against too-poor-of-a-team club. The Tigers were this close to losing this one.
8. Kansas State (3-0, beat Iowa State 27-20): Someone had to win the epic KSU-ISU match-up. Meanwhile, I’m waiting for K-State to move up this poll; surely the 3-0 record has more to do with who the Wildcats have played and less to do with how good they really are.
9. Oklahoma (3-0, beat Air Force 27-24): There’s probably no shame in giving up 24 points to Air Force’s quirky offense, but only scoring 27 against a team you should be able to overpower? Perhaps this team does play up/down to its competition.
10. Oklahoma State (3-0, beat Tulsa 65-28): One thing seems pretty clear — this OSU team can score some points. Will they be able to score when they face a defense that consists of football players with actual skill? If so, this could be the year the Cowboys prove they don’t have to rebuild any more.
11. Texas (3-0, beat Texas Tech 24-14): Any road conference win is a good one, so the Longhorns should feel good about this game. Still, this team is not looking like a juggernaut.
12. Nebraska (3-0, beat Washington 56-21): I’ve been waiting for Nebraska to slip up, but maybe it’s time to give them some credit. Dominating road wins against BCS conference teams are pretty impressive. When you look at the state of the Big 12 North, it’s hard to see a lot of losses on the Huskers’ schedule.