This is the first look at the Big 12 conference and where the Bears Truth staff and special contributor Jay Lockett feels they stack up after week two. The contributors rank the Big 12 as individuals, and the average is used to rank the league 1-10.
These opinions are developed off of each team's second football game of the season and the games leading up to the most recent game. They are merely a reflection of how the staff at Bears Truth felt that each team played after the first two weeks of the college football season.
West Virigina falls to the No. 2 position in this weeks Big 12 power rankings, but only because they received one less first place vote to Kansas State who had the most impressive win of the Big 12 teams thus far.
1. Kansas State 52 Miami 13
Brian: Has Miami dropped that far off or is KSU that good? Best win of the year in the Big 12 so far.
Brenden: Dominated Miami in every facet. One more prep week before heading to Norman.
Ashley: Defense looks very good; Colin Klein can throw? Not good news for the rest of the Big12 if he continues to provide a threat through the air.
Jay: Complete team victory over solid opponent.
Colt: Just dominated what I thought would be a decent test for the Wildcats. Now I am not sure if the 'Canes were that bad or the 'Cats were that good.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
2. WVU- Idle
Brian: Can score on anyone.
Brenden: That offense is going to put up points on anyone.
Ashley: Jury is still out but giving them the benefit of the doubt based on blowing out Clemson to end their season and returning most of their weapons
Jay: Can't punish for not playing. *Ranked at No. 1
Colt: Kansas State performance has more to do with me dropping them to No. 2 than WVU being idle.
3. Oklahoma 69 Florida A&M 13
Brian: Their depth still scares me and is the reason for being so low on the ranking. *Ranked at No. 6
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
Brenden: Rolled FCS Florida A&M.
Ashley: Lots of questions but they still have a Heisman caliber QB with experience- usually a recipe for a good season.
Jay: Looked as projected, but still think they lose a game or two they shouldn't.
Colt: Still feel that the poor performance that OU had against UTEP outweighs a blowout over Florida A&M.
4. Baylor- Idle
Brian: After SMU rolled over SFA the Bears win looks a little better.
Brenden: Non-conference schedule now looks tougher with the big UL-Monroe win.
Ashley: Might be some homer bias here, but I really like this team. The way the OL played against a good front 7 at SMU gives me confidence. DL a concern.
Baylor Junior WR Tevin Reese
Colt: A couple of tough under-the-radar games coming up for Baylor.
5. Texas 45 New Mexico 0
Brian: Handled a usually horrible New Mexico after starting slowly.
Brenden: UT QBs played well vs New Mexico. Let's see how they play at Ole Miss.
Ashley: Might be higher; just underwhelming wins against opponents you would expect them to roll. Defense should be the best in the league.
Jay: Ash didn't make any mistakes against New Mexico, but he will soon enough.
Colt: Texas had 10 points in the first 29:32 of the game. New Mexico gave up an average of over 35 points in the first half against Arkansas, Texas Tech, TCU and Boise State in 2011. Couple that with their defense giving up 4.4 yards per carry against an run heavy offense and that was an underwhelming performance until the depth took over.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson
6. TCU 56 Grambling 0
Brian: No incompletions by your starting QB shows the offense was ready.
Brenden: Held Grambling to 70 yards and TCU QBs didn't miss a pass.
Ashley: Looks good; we will see how they do on the road. Even though it is Kansas, road games are always tough.
Jay: Stadium got rave reviews from just about everybody. Can't wait to see it.
Colt: They might have won the game, but they lost halftime.
7. Oklahoma State 38 Arizona 59
Brian: Lost on the road and the freshman QB roller coaster could equal a crazy season.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy just turned 45 in August.
Brenden: Four turnovers will nullify 630 yards of offense quickly.
Ashley: Probably a lot stronger than (9), but lots of question marks after they got rolled by a middle of the road Pac12 team.
Jay: Tells you about the bottom of the league if OSU loses and stays at 7.
Colt: This OSU team will be a tale of two teams with a freshman QB. Losing to Arizona on the road and giving up 59 points is not a good sign for the defending Big 12 champion.
8. Iowa State 9 Iowa 6
Brian: Beating Iowa on the road is another win on the road to a bowl game.
Brenden: Big win for the Cyclones vs their rival. ISU could start the season 4-0.
Ashley: Defense has looked strong in the first two games. They are top division in any other conference.
Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein
Jay: At least ISU beat their rival in the Pillow Fight of the Year.
Colt: This team team scares me considering they are closer to 10 than they are to 5. They make the Big 12 very deep.
9. Texas Tech 58 Texas State 10
Brian: Took down a Texas State team coming off their best win ever.
Brenden: 2-0, and I still don't think anyone knows anything about Texas Tech
Ashley: Impressive win on the road against a team playing with lots of confidence after beating Houston.
Jay: Again, at least ISU beat their rival in the Pillow Fight of the Year.
Colt: The real question is… how bad is Houston?
Kansas 24 Rice 25
Brian: I hear the basketballs being pumped up
Brenden: I bet the Jayhawks are thrilled to welcome TCU to the Big 12 this weekend.
Ashley: Clearly the worst team in the league. Lost to a solid Rice team at home.
Jay: Kansas. Yuk. Cue Gob and The Final Countdown. Basketball can't get here quick enough.
Colt: Rice at home? Brutal.