I’m a day late with this week’s Big 12 (Lack of) Power Poll, but surely not a dollar short. Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. I know the Big 12 did, with every team winning on the opening weekend of college football. Alas, not all wins are created equal. On with the rankings.
1. Iowa State (1-0, beat Northern Iowa 20-19): It’s never good to barely sneak by a FCS team on your home field. The Cyclones needed a last-minute touchdown to beat the juggernaut known as Northern Iowa.
2. Kansas State (1-0, beat Eastern Kentucky 10-7): Speaking of sneaking by, Kansas State needed a late touchdown to get past Eastern Kentucky in this offensive free-for-all.
3. Kansas (1-0, beat McNeese State 42-24): Big-time win for Kansas. Seriously. Any win is a good one for the Jayhawks.
4. Texas Tech (1-0, beat Texas State 50-10): This game featured a 10-9 Texas State lead at the half. It ended in a rout, but that sure is a sketchy first half for the Red Raiders.
5. Missouri (1-0, beat Miami (Ohio) 17-6): Not exactly an awe-inspiring home debut for the Tigers.
6. Texas (1-0, beat Rice 34-9): In last year’s season opener, Texas beat Rice 34-17, setting the stage for a season of unexpected mediocrity. This year’s score is eerily similar. Is another season of mediocrity on tap? I say yes.
7. Baylor (1-0, beat TCU 50-48): Still not drinking the Baylor Kool-aid all the way. In the end, the Bears beat a mid-major team breaking in a new quarterback, offensive line and cornerbacks. The jury is still out.
8. Texas A&M (1-0, beat SMU 46-14): A&M did about what you would have expected them to do against the Big 12 wannabe Mustangs. They were helped by what can only be described as the worst on-side kick attempt known to mankind.
9. Oklahoma State (1-0, beat Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34): Take away the two pick-sixes, and this game appears like a pretty dominating effort by Oklahoma State. You can’t take them away, though, so it says hear OSU gave up too many points to the Ragin’ Cajuns.
10. Oklahoma (1-0, beat Tulsa 47-14): Cruise control for the Sooners against Tulsa. OU’s biggest problem might be teams gaining on them in the polls with an early off week in play.