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Big 12 Power Rankings

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Here are my personal Big 12 power rankings through 2 conference games. Leave your own rankings below.

Power Rankings

1. TCU (5-0, 2-0)- Gary Patterson has the Horned Frogs playing at a very high level right now. Kenny Hill has limited turnovers and is one of the most improved players in the Big 12. The defense isn't as stingy as some of the past TCU teams, but the overall balance of the team has them sitting atop of these rankings.

2. Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1)- The Cowboys rolled through non-conference play before losing their Big 12 opener to TCU. Mason Rudolph has thrown for over 300 yards in every game so far, and James Washington is one of the most electric players in the entire country. The offensive line has been hit hard by injuries and the defense has struggled, but Mike Gundy has will almost assuredly have the Cowboys competing for a spot in the Big 12 championship well into the seasons final weeks.

3. Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1)- Oklahoma would have been a lock for the number one spot if not for an embarrassing loss on Saturday at home to Iowa State. All the defensive question marks entering the season came to the forefront when Iowa State scored 38 points with a backup QB and QB-turned LB-turned QB Joel Lanning. Regardless, Baker Mayfield is still one of the best quarterbacks in the conference and the Sooners showed what they are capable of when they defeated Ohio State on the road in Week 2 of the season. 

4. Texas (3-2, 2-0)- This is as high as I am willing to put the Longhorns at the moment. Texas has improved every week since week 1 and is undefeated through 2 conference games for the first time since 2013. The defense is playing well and a quarterback seems to have emerged in Sam Ehlinger. Despite shaky offensive line play and an inconsistent running game, Tom Herman seems to be pushing the right buttons and has Texas playing with confidence. The Longhorns will have a chance to make a statement the next 2 weeks, when they face off against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

5. West Virginia (3-2, 1-1)- New QB Will Grier has been as advertised, but the Mountaineers have been on the short end of two 31-24 losses this year, including Saturday's loss at TCU. Dana Holgerson and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson had to replace a lot of defensive talent from a 2016 squad that won 10 games, and the defense has gone through some growing pains so far. Offense has never been a problem in Morgantown, but the lack of defensive firepower will likely keep the Mountaineers in the middle of the pack of the conference.

6. Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1)- Entering 2017, I thought Texas Tech would find itself in the bottom tier of the Big 12, but the Red Raiders have surprised so far. They gave Oklahoma State all they could handle a few weeks ago and the offense seems to chugging along despite the loss of Patrick Mahomes. I still need to see the defense slow down Big 12 offenses consistently, but they seem to be making small strides. Kliff Kingsbury entered the season on the hot seat, but this is about as good as a start as any Red Raider fan could have expected.

7. Kansas State (3-2, 1-1)- The Wildcats had high expectations coming into 2017, but ended non-conference play with a loss at Vanderbilt and suffered a double overtime defeat at the hands of Texas last Saturday. The offense has sputtered at times and QB Jesse Ertz has been banged up. On defense, the Wildcats lack a premiere pass rusher that they have had in past years and have struggled defending the pass at times. Bill Synder will need to find a way to make sure his team keeps up with the high powered offenses that await them.

8. Iowa State (3-2, 1-1)- Matt Campbell is building something in Ames and people are beginning to take notice. Campbell got a signature win last week against Oklahoma and has put the Cyclones in position to try to get bowl eligible. It is unknown how much time starting quarterback Jacob Park will miss, but the WR duo on Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler will be tough to slow down. Iowa State will get to host Kansas this weekend before getting ready for a tough 4 games stretch against Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

9. Baylor (0-5, 0-2)- For as much talent has Baylor has lost in recent years, I don't think anybody expected an0-5 start. It's not a good sign when you have a player post on Snapchat that they were kicked off the team, and then have the head coach say he is still on the team because he was given a "second chance from the teams leadership council." Matt Rhule has a tough rebuild ahead of him.

10. Kansas (1-4, 0-2)- I actually thought Kansas was going to make some progress this year, but I have not seen it yet. The defense has been unable to stop anybody and transfer QB Peyton Bender already has 8 interceptions on the season. David Beaty is trying his best to get Kansas back to a respectable level, but 2017 does not look like the year it is going to happen.

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6 minutes ago, okiehorn said:

1. TCU

2.OSU (until Austin)

3. Texas (proving it this weekend, IF Sam start)

4.HoeU. They lose atleast 3 this year 

5. WV (tough at home in few weeks)

rest is a crap shoot.

Agree, but UT will have to bring it's "A" game every week.

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2 hours ago, Huskie1 said:

Here's my 2 cents

1) TCU

2) OU

3) OSU

4) WV

5) Texas

6) K State

7) Iowa St

8) Tech

9) Baylor

10) Kansas

I think that the Horns have a ways to go get to crack the top 3. Showing signs of improvement though and I'm very cautiously optimistic.

Maybe I just Hate the sooners way to much but I don't see how they could be top 2 after a Terrible showing in Baylor and a even worse showing against ISU AT HOME being a 31 1/2 point favorite, 2 in a row shows its NO FLUKE... they are clearly over rated. until something is done with mike stoopes there doomed. 9-3 if they are lucky.

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The Sooners have flaws. As do all the other teams listed below them. Don't get me wrong, I hope they lose all remaining games for the next hundred years but I feel as of today they are better than all but TCU. Teams get better or worse through the year and I'm hoping they peaked at tOSU. 

I know living up there sucks win they win. 

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18 minutes ago, Huskie1 said:

The Sooners have flaws. As do all the other teams listed below them. Don't get me wrong, I hope they lose all remaining games for the next hundred years but I feel as of today they are better than all but TCU. Teams get better or worse through the year and I'm hoping they peaked at tOSU. 

I know living up there sucks win they win. 

last statement is true! ready for the weekend! itll show us a lot about UT. I know I was hopin for just 8 wins but I see more on the horizon. coaches are learning what this team is good at.

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