Big 12 power rankings: TCU takes over third spot

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No. 1: Oklahoma

The Sooners just keep making statements, with graduate transfer quarterback Jalen Hurts as the exclamation point. Hurts went to the Rose Bowl and took care of UCLA 48-14, throwing for 289 yards in three touchdowns in the process. Through three games, they have averaged 56 points per game. I think they’ll be just fine without Kyler Murray.

No. 2: Texas

As John F. Kennedy said 57 years ago, Rice plays Texas because it is hard. Well, it was tough sledding for the Owls last Saturday, and the Longhorns rolled to a 48-13 victory at NRG Stadium. The rebound from the LSU loss was important, but Texas jumps right into tough conference play with Oklahoma State at home this weekend.

No. 3: TCU

The Horned Frogs went up against a Purdue team that has been a tough out for big programs recently, and disposed of them handily, winning 34-13. Senior running back Darius Anderson ran for 179 yards and two scores on just 16 carries, and the TCU defense contained star wide receiver Rondale Moore to just three catches for 25 yards.

No. 4: Iowa State 

It looked as if the Cyclones would have a chance to pull off the upset against in-state rival Iowa, until a punt went off the back of a special teams player to secure the 18-17 win for the Hawkeyes. While it’s not the start to the season that Matt Campbell’s squad envisioned, Iowa State is still right in the thick of things with the onset of conference play next weekend.

No. 5: Oklahoma State

It’s time to start taking the Cowboys seriously. While redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders looked average in a 40-21 win over Tulsa last weekend, head coach Mike Gundy always seems to find a way to make the mediocre look magical. Check back in 50 years, when Gundy and his mullet will surely still be putting bowl-bound teams on the field from Stillwater.

 

No. 6: Baylor

The Bears were off last week, but it’s been a solid start for a team looking to make the jump back to where it was during the Art Briles era. So far, junior quarterback Charlie Brewer has led the offense to average 60 points through two games against lesser opponents. Baylor then gets Rice before picking up Big 12 play against Iowa State.

No. 7: Kansas State 

Kansas State may very well be a good team this year. The Wildcats went to Starkville, Mississippi, and upset Mississippi State, 31-24. There aren’t necessarily any offensive stars on this team, but they picked off the Bulldogs twice to win the turnover battle.

No. 8: West Virginia

After an embarrassing blowout loss to Missouri, the Mountaineers managed to come back with a big win over a Power Five team, beating North Carolina State 44-27 at home. Will Grier successor Austin Kendall finally looked like a legit Big 12 quarterback as he threw for 272 yards and three scores.

No. 9: Texas Tech 

While sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman threw for over 300 yards in Week Three, the Red Raiders lost to Arizona and lost Bowman to an injury. He’ll miss a few weeks, and Texas Tech will have to face Oklahoma and Oklahoma State without him. It’s not an easy task ahead for the Red Raiders.

No. 10: Kansas

Kansas scored … 48 points? Against a Power Five team? Yeah, you read that right. The Jayhawks put the hurt on Boston College, winning 48-24 last weekend. It’s a landmark win for Les Miles, but until the ACC is no longer a dumpster fire, wins over Boston College don’t count for much. Still, it’s a big step in the right direction for Kansas.