1. Oklahoma State
Conferences are often judged by who is at the top. For the Big 12 right now, that’s Oklahoma State. The Cowboys moved to 3–0 after manhandling Kansas and sit alone as the only undefeated team in the Big 12. The Cowboys put up nearly 600 yards of offense and will look to carry their momentum into a matchup with Baylor this week.
2. Iowa State
Iowa State pulled off an impressive win over Oklahoma last week for the Cyclones’ first win over the Sooners in Ames since 1960. Sophomore running back Breece Hall scored the go-ahead touchdown before the Cyclone defense secured a game-ending interception on the Sooners’ final drive. Iowa State hosts Texas Tech this week.
3. Kansas State
Kansas State pulled away to secure a 31-21 victory over Texas Tech last week. Freshman running back Deuce Vaughn ran for over 100 yards and caught a 70-yard third down touchdown pass to seal the victory for the Wildcats. Kansas State is 2–0 in Big 12 play and travels to TCU this week.
Sophomore quarterback Max Duggan led TCU to an upset win over No. 9 Texas last week in Austin. The dual-threat quarterback put up nearly 80 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in addition to his 231 passing yards. The Horned Frogs sit at 1–1 on the season and host Kansas State this week.
The Longhorns were abound with missed opportunities and penalties last week when they dropped a close one to TCU. The victory marked the seventh win over Texas for head coach Gary Patterson since TCU joined the Big 12 eight years ago. The Longhorns will look to stop the bleeding as they head into their Red River Rivalry matchup against a struggling Oklahoma team.
6. West Virginia
Junior running back Leddie Brown scored the winning touchdown in the second overtime to put West Virginia over Baylor 27-21 last week. The Mountaineer defense was all over Baylor for most of the game, holding the Bears to just 256 total yards on offense and coming up with an overtime interception to set up the game-ending score. West Virginia hosts Kansas this week and will look to improve to 3–1.
Oklahoma went down again last week, losing to Iowa State 37-30. The Sooners have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 1999. It’s becoming clear that this Oklahoma team doesn’t resemble those of the recent past. The upcoming matchup with No. 22 Texas at the Cotton Bowl will provide an intriguing challenge for redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler.
The Bears struggled to get any sort of run game going in their overtime loss to West Virginia last week. Their offensive line was poor at best against the Mountaineers’ front seven, and the Bears gained just 27 yards on 33 carries. Another tough matchup lies ahead as Baylor hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State this week.
9. Texas Tech
Texas Tech put up a decent fight against Kansas State last week but couldn’t finish the job, losing 31-21. The Red Raiders put up more yards of offense than the Wildcats, but a late score from Kansas State proved too much to overcome. Texas Tech travels to No. 24 Iowa State this week.
Kansas had no answer for the Oklahoma State offense that put up 47 points against the Jayhawks last week. It managed just 193 yards and seven points of their own in the loss. The Jayhawks fell to 0–3 on the season and travel to face a stout West Virginia defense this week.