Live from the Still Not Impressed with Baylor Department, it’s time for your weekly Big 12* (Lack of) Power Poll.
(*May not contain 12 teams)
1. Kansas (2-2, beat New Mexico State 42-16): New Mexico State has given up 41, 42 and 42 points in its three games, all losses. The first two outings were against the mighty powers known as San Diego State and UTEP. So maybe Kansas shouldn’t feel too proud about its 42-point effort.
2. Colorado (2-1, bye): Buffs face a test this weekend with Georgia coming to town. If they play like they did against their last BCS foe (lost to Cal 52-7), it might not be pretty.
3. Baylor (3-1, beat Rice 30-13): Baylor’s average score in its three wins: 31.3-7.3. That’s all fine and dandy, except the wins were against Sam Houston State, Buffalo and Rice. The TCU drubbing still lingers as far as I’m concerned.
4. Iowa State (2-2, beat Northern Iowa 27-0): A good win for Iowa State, but the last win they may see for a while. Upcoming schedule: Texas Tech, Utah, at OU, at Texas.
5. Texas A&M (3-0, bye): A&M has had a lot of time to stew over their near-loss to Florida International. Was the escape at Kyle Field a fluke, or a trend? We’ll likely find out Thursday.
6. Texas Tech (2-1, bye): Speaking of sitting and waiting, the Red Raiders have had a long time to sit around and think about losing to Texas at home; expect them to exact conference revenge against Iowa State.
7. Texas (3-1, lost to UCLA 34-12): This game was The Thirsty Beagle (Lack of) Power Special of the Week! Texas looked lost on defense, which was supposed to be where they could hang their hat, and not any better on offense. Not a good sign entering the Red River Rivalry.
8. Kansas State (4-0, beat Central Florida 17-13): Kansas State looked sloppy in this win, but you still get some credit for reaching 4-0. I’m sure Texas would’ve taken a sloppy win against UCLA.
9. Missouri (4-0, beat Miami (OH) 51-13): After needing a last-minute touchdown to squeak out a win against a cupcake the week before, Missouri took care of business in a big way on Saturday.
10. Oklahoma (4-0, beat Cincinnati 31-29): OU was roughly gifted the win against a game Cincinnati team, but a road win against a BCS outfit will count no matter how you get it. Unless you’re playing Washington State.
11. Oklahoma State (3-0, bye): OSU moves to this spot largely on the (lack of) strength of everyone else’s performances over the weekend. It’s provin’ time on Thursday night!
12. Nebraska (4-0, beat South Dakota State 17-3): Is this a crack in Nebraska’s armor? There may not be a team in the north that can beat them, but an uninspiring home effort against South Dakota State at least opens the door a little.