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Big 12 Update & Power Rankings - Week 3

Big 12 Update & Power Rankings - Week 3

Michael Doutey

1. Baylor 3-0 (Bears beat Rice 38-10 and host Oklahoma State next week). 

Baylor played their third consecutive easy team and did not look like the Baylor that ran the score up on these same teams. Seth Russell threw for 337 yards, three touchdowns and a pick. KD Cannon was targeted nine times for 213 yards and two touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty rushed for a team high 105 yards on 14 rushes and a TD. The Bears are here because they have won all their games against nobodies. Baylor moved from three to one this week. 

2. TCU 2-1 (TCU beat Iowa State 41-20 and will visit SMU Saturday). 

TCU didn’t blow out the Cyclones like I thought. But, they did get the win and moved up in the rankings for the win. TCU was 4th a week ago and now second. Kenny Hill was a bit off, only throwing for 219 yards and one TD. Kyle Hicks rushed for 117 yards and a TD. John Diarse caught 7 passes for a team high 97 yards.

3. Oklahoma 1-2 (Lost to Ohio State 45-24 and will be idle this week). 

The Sooners were no match for JT Barrett and Ohio State. They were just out of their league and inflicted their on OU. The College Football playoff is a pipe dream now, but the Big 12 Title is more than open. Baker Mayfield threw for 226 yards and two TDs and INTs a piece. Joe Mixon rushed for 78 yards on only nine carries (also had a 96 yard kick return for a touchdown). AD Miller lead the way with 72 yards and one TD. The Sooners fell from first to third after their 1-2 start to the season.

4. Texas 2-1 (Lost at Cal 50-43 and will also be idle this week). 

The Longhorns found themselves in another shootout, this time finding defeat. Former Texas Tech quarterback, Davis Webb, out-dueled the duo of Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoops. The Longhorns had a ton of success running the football 307 yards as a team. Both D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren rushed for over 100 yards. Foreman rushed for 157 yards and two scored and Warren rushed for 119 yards and two TDs. Texas lost two spots, down from second to fourth. 

5. Oklahoma State 2-1 (Defeated Pittsburgh 45-38 and will be at Baylor next Saturday night). 

The Pokes were on the verge of blowing Pitt out, up 31-17 late in the second quarter. OSU was moving the ball at will, looking to take a commanding 38-17 lead. But two straight turnovers that lead to Pitt scores gave life to the Panthers. The lightning delay may have saved the Cowboys cause. Mason Rudolph had a record setting day, throwing for 540 yards and 2 TDs. James Washington had a monster day, catching nine passes for 296 yards and 2 TDs. Rennie Childs rushed for 101 yards, including a 67 yard TD run. Childs had four touchdowns on the day. The Pokes stay the same in this weeks rankings.

6. West Virginia 2-0 (Idle this week and will host BYU this weekend). 

WVU is ranked the same this week after their off week. 

7. Kansas State 1-1  (Defeated Florida Atlantic 63-7 and will play Missouri State Saturday). 

The Wildcats blew out the Owls as Jesse Ertz threw for 117 yards and a TD. The Wildcats rushed for 336 yards as a team. But it appears the new goal line back in Winston Dimel. He only rushed for 19 yards, but he scored four touchdowns. K-State stayed the same in the rankings.

8. Texas Tech 2-1 (Beat Louisiana Tech 59-45 and will be idle this week). 

Tech has no problem scoring the football, but the defense has given up over 100 points in the past two games to average teams in Arizona State (who nearly lost to UTSA) and Louisiana Tech. But Pat Mahomes had another phenomenal day, throwing for 470 yards and 5 TDs. Jonathan Giles caught 6 passes for 186 yards and 3 TDs. Tech stayed the same in the rankings.

9. Kansas 1-2 (Lost to Memphis 43-7 and is idle this week). 

KU had a tough week, only scoring once. Montrell Cozart only threw for 87 yards and two picks.  It was a pretty bad day for the offense and defense, but the Jayhawks stay the same in the rankings.

10. Iowa State 0-3 (Lost to TCU 41-20 and will play San Jose State Saturday). 

Iowa State did score 20 this week, but they were never in the game. Joel Lanning only threw for 127 yards and Mike Warren rushed for 95 yards. Iowa State remains the only winless team in the league and remains last in the power rankings. 

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