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Big 12 Power Rankings: Country Roads

Oklahoma stays on top.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 18 Virginia Tech at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 3 saw the Big 12 go undefeated, except for Kansas, which means that there isn’t too much shuffling in our rankings this week, save one jump. Next week is when things begin to get interesting, as Big 12 play kicks off, and TCU squares off against SMU.

10. Kansas Jayhawks (1-2) (LW: 10)

Result: lost to Baylor 45-7

Kansas’ long slow wander through the desert has begun. Meanwhile, Gerry Bohanon faces his first real test of the season this week, Iowa State.

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0) (LW: 9)

Result: def. Florida International 54-21

Texas Tech finally put up points against a bad team, but they don’t get rewarded for beating FIU.

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys (3-0) (LW: 8)

Result: def. Boise State 21-20

I was surprised to see Oklahoma State squeak this one out in Boise, but we’re learning more and more every week that Boise State looks bad, and Oklahoma State seems to always figure out a way to get a win.

7. Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) (LW: 7)

Result: def. Nevada 38-17

Did anyone see this coming? Will Howard led (or rather, didn’t hold back) the Wildcats as they demolished Nevada. Their showdown with Oklahoma State this weekend just got interesting.

6. Texas Longhorns (2-1) (LW: 5)

Result: def. Rice 56-0

Texas took out their sorrows on hapless Rice, and after the game Steve Sarkisian mentioned that Casey Thompson will be the starter heading into Big 12 play.

5. Baylor Bears (3-0) (LW: 4)

Result: def. Kansas 45-7

Gerry Bohanon has looked incredibly composed in his first three games as a starter, but the real test comes this Saturday against Iowa State.

4. West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1) (LW: 6)

Result: def. #15 Virginia Tech 27-21

I’ll be honest, I didn’t see this one coming. West Virginia jumps Texas and Baylor in this week’s rankings for a ranked win over a rival. They were clearly feeding off the momentum of getting a Homefield Apparel drop that day.

3. TCU Horned Frogs (2-0) (LW: 3)

Result: BYE WEEK


2. Iowa State Cyclones (2-1) (LW: 2)

Result: def. UNLV 48-3

Iowa State did the same thing as Texas this week: obliterate a team that can’t defend itself after losing a nationally televised offensive disaster.

1. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0) (LW: 1)

Result: def. Nebraska 23-16

It was much closer than it should have been, but the Sooners got the W, and head into Big 12 play as the clear favorite to win the conference.