Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3

Akshay Mirchandani

1. TCU

The Horned Frogs offense put up 70 points in their blowout win against SFA. TCU struggled to get going in its win against Minnesota in Week 1, but playing an inferior opponent like SFA helped get the offense back on track. Expect the offensive fireworks to continue when TCU takes on SMU and Texas Tech in the next two weeks.

2. Baylor

The Bears suspended offensive coordinator Kendal Briles in their game against Lamar for recruiting violations, and it looked like it affected them a bit. At one point, the Bears were only up 28-21. But the talent on Baylor’s offense was just too good, and the team handily defeated Lamar 66-31 as it was supposed to. Like TCU, Baylor has a light two games coming up with Rice at home and Texas Tech in Arlington.

3. Oklahoma

The Sooners went into Tennessee and picked up a 31-24 double-overtime victory against the No. 23 Vols. Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield wasn’t as sharp as he was in Week 1, but helped Oklahoma come back from a 17-point deficit against a quality SEC team on the road. Mayfield threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard in double-overtime to seal the deal. With Mayfield playing at that level, the Sooners could be a dark horse Big 12 contender.

4. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys found themselves back in the AP poll, checking in No. 25 after a 32-8 win over Central Arkansas. Sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph looked great again, throwing for 401 yards and two touchdowns in the win. If that trend continues, the Pokes are going to be a tough out in the conference.

5. West Virginia

Junior quarterback Skyler Howard was near perfect in West Virginia’s 41-17 win against Liberty, completing 21 of 26 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Granted, Liberty is a team West Virginia was supposed to beat, but Howard’s performance in the first two weeks should give Mountaineer fans lots of optimism.  

6. Kansas State

The Wildcats lost sophomore starting quarterback Jesse Ertz for the season last week, and only led UTSA 7-3 at halftime. But the K-State defense shut out the Roadrunners in the second half, and junior quarterback Joe Hubener did just enough offensively to get the Wildcats their second win.

7. Texas Tech

Tech’s offense was explosive again, putting up 69 points in a win against UTEP. But the Red Raider defense still allowed the Miners to pile up 414 total yards and allowed Tech to have the ball for 40:15. We know their offense is going to be solid, but their defense is a big problem.

8. Texas

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard finally provided the spark Texas needed in a 42-28 win against Rice. Heard will get his first big test this week when California comes to Austin.

9. Iowa State

The Cyclones lost their rivalry game to Iowa at home 31-17, and have a tough road game coming up against Toledo, a team fresh off an upset of Arkansas.

10. Kansas

Memphis went into Lawrence and rolled over the Jayhawks 55-23. Kansas has a bye this week before getting ready for a road game against Rutgers.