Big 12 power rankings: Despite loss, TCU still on top
1. TCU Horned Frogs (0-1, 0-0 Big 12) -- So the Frogs lost to LSU, so what? The Tigers are a top-10 football team and a continuous powerhouse in the SEC. TCU put itself in position to win the game late before the Tigers closed the door. This team is still my favorite to win the Big 12. Next up: vs. SE Louisiana, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET.
2. Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0) -- It took a quarter for the Texas offense to click, but once it found a rhythm, it was bye-bye New Mexico State. Quarterback David Ash combined for 434 yards and five touchdowns as the defense proved stout an kept everything in front of it. Next up: at BYU, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
3. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0, 0-0) -- Trevor Knight only completed 11-of-28 passes (39.3 percent) against Louisiana at Monroe, but 103 yards on the ground led the team and gives the Sooners a dynamic edge from a quarterback that they haven't seen in over a decade. Next up: vs. West Virginia, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).
4. Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0, 0-0) -- Things were a little flip-flopped in Oklahoma State's season opener. The Cowboys had scored more than 21 points in eight straight games heading into the dance with Mississippi State (2012 vs. Kansas), and hadn't allowed less than 10 points since last season's opener vs. FCS Savannah State (84-0). Next up: at UTSA, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1).
5. Baylor Bears (1-0, 0-0) -- Does it even matter who's quarterbacking the Baylor offense? Bryce Petty and Seth Russell combined for 411 yards and three touchdowns, as the Bears blew away Wofford, 69-3. Next up: vs. Buffalo, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET.
6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0, 0-0) -- Texas Tech became the first team to ever start a walk-on true freshman in a season opener. Good work, Kliff Kingsbury. QB Baker Mayfield showed no sign of anxiety as he went 43-of-60 for 413 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another score on the ground in a 41-23 win over SMU. Next up: vs. SF Austin, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET.
7. West Virginia Mountaineers (1-0, 0-0) -- Phew, that was a close one! I'm pretty sure there were only a few couch-fire casulties, as the mountain men were able to hold off FCS William & Mary at the last second. Next up: at Oklahoma, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).
8. Kansas State Wildcats (0-1, 0-0) -- Well, if you're going to lose to an FCS school, it might as well be the best of the best. Next up: vs. LA-Lafayette, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox Sports 1).
9. Kansas Jayhawks (0-0, 0-0) -- A bye week is the closest thing to a win for the Kansas football program. Next up: vs. South Dakota, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN3).
10. Iowa State Cyclones (0-1, 0-0) -- Kansas State wasn't the only Big 12 team to lose to an FCS program last weekend as the Cyclones fell to Northern Iowa (5-6 in 2012), 28-20. Next up: BYE WEEK.
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