We’re nearly at the half-way point of the college football season, yet the Big 12 is about as clear as mud at the moment. Things will begin to shake out in the next couple weeks. Until then, The Thirsty Beagle will tell you what’s what.
1. Kansas (2-3, bye): The Jayhawks posted a great result this past weekend: Not losing. Sure, they didn’t play, but after the Humiliation in Waco, that’s a step forward for this team.
2. Iowa State (3-3, lost to Utah 68-27): Iowa State looked perhaps like it was turning a corner with its win over Tech a couple weeks ago, but giving up 68 points on its home field to a non-AQ school? Even if it’s a respectable Utah team, that hurts.
3. Kansas State (4-1, lost to Nebraska 48-13): Maybe KSU doesn’t deserve to be rated with this much (lack of) power with a 4-1 record, but that was a pitiful defensive showing against Nebraska. Hey, Kansas State coaching staff: there’s this crazy new-fangled play called the zone-read keeper. Look it up, because it looked like nobody on the Wildcats side had seen it before.
4. Colorado (3-2, lost to Missouri 26-0): Say hello the Not-Yet-Ready-For-Big-12 Players! Good thing Dan Hawkins and company are jumping ship, because it doesn’t look like things will work out well for them in the Big 12 this season.
5-8. Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Texas: I’ll call this the old Southwest Conference portion of the (Lack of) Power Poll. You probably could put all these teams in any spot between 5 and 8; all have bad losses — Texas A&M pretty much gave away a game in Stillwater — and all have at least a couple non-inspiring wins.
9. Missouri (5-0, beat Colorado 26-0): Solid conference win for the Tigers, but a trip to College Station against a team smarting from two close losses will be tougher than the patsy Buffaloes.
10. Oklahoma State (5-0, beat Louisiana-Lafayette 54-28): Trailing to the Ragin’ Cajuns at halftime is troublesome if you’re an OSU fan. Watching yet another team move the ball at will with the pass is even more troublesome, especially with Texas Tech on the horizon.
11. Oklahoma (5-0, bye): Outside of the Missouri game, the stretch of OU’s schedule before Bedlam all the sudden doesn’t look that intimidating: Iowa State, at Missouri, Colorado, at Texas A&M, Texas Tech and at Baylor.
12. Nebraska (5-0, beat Kansas State 48-13): Strong road win last Thursday for the Huskers, who have solidified their spot at the bottom of this poll for the time being.