2012 College Football Rankings: Updated Big 12 Power Rankings

Updated Big 12 Power Rankings

9/19/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ Big 12 power rankings: Week 4

Sep 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) passes in the first quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd at Milan Puskar Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE
1. West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big 12; LW: No. 1) -- The question is: just how many points will Geno Smith and the Mountaineers' offense score against a Maryland defense that is always on the field? Next up: vs. Maryland, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Fox).

2. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0; LW: No. 2) -- This upcoming matchup with Kansas State could determine the Sooners' season and BCS hopes. Will Landry Jones step up or will Collin Klein crash the party? Next up: vs. Kansas State, Saturday, 7:50 p.m. ET (Fox.)

3. Texas (3-0, 0-0: LW: No. 3) -- What's going on with David Ash? He looks like a completely different quarterback from a year ago and ... what's this? He's slowly entering the Heisman race? Next up: BYE

4. Kansas State (3-0, 0-0: LW: No. 4) -- K-State's defense must perform at a much higher level than it did against North Texas in order for it to take out Oklahoma, or we'll be seeing a repeat of last year's 51-17 romp.

5. TCU (2-0, 1-0; LW: No. 5) -- I'm not so sure that the Frogs would have received their first-ever Big 12 win against anyone else other than Kansas with the way they performed in the red zone. Next up: vs. Virginia, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN).

6. Texas Tech (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 7) -- It's not like the Raiders have played a top tier opponent, but the fact that they've blown everyone out is enough to keep an eye on them. Next up: BYE

7. Baylor (2-0, 0-0; LW: No. 6) -- Sam Houston State in an FCS powerhouse, but that's no excuse for Baylor's lack of consistency. A second-half comeback was needed in order to avoid an upset in Waco.Next up: at Louisiana-Monroe, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).

8. Oklahoma State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 8) -- Coach Gundy has a decision to make with what quarterback he will start vs. Texas in two weeks. Wes Lunt was good before injury and backup J.W. Walsh helped the Cowboys put up 65 against Louisiana-Monroe. Next up: BYE

9. Iowa State (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- The Cyclones are improving and it's shown in their first three games. Still, I'm not sure there's enough firepower on both sides of the ball to hang with the big boys of the conference. Next up: BYE

10. Kansas (1-2, 0-1; LW: No. 10) -- There's no doubt that the defense has improved greatly, but if Kansas wants to get anywhere anytime soon, it needs to do a better job moving the football. Next up:at Northern Illinois, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

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