Big 12 Football: Which Teams Are Ranked in the Top 25
Week 1 is in the books and the new Associated Press Top 25 has been released. As far as the Big 12 is concerned, there wasn't a whole lot of moving and shaking. Three teams kept their ranking from the preseason and one new team (Baylor) entered the poll.
Here's how the Big 12 fared in the AP Top 25 this week:
13. Oklahoma State (Previous rank: 13)
15. Texas (Previous rank: 15)
16. Oklahoma (Previous rank: 16)
23. Baylor (Previous rank: NR)
24. TCU (Previous rank: 20)
Not too many complaints here. Despite some lackluster performances in the middle-to-lower part of the conference, the top of the Big 12 performed well.
Even TCU looked good in its loss to LSU. Below are some thoughts on where the Big 12 teams placed, and as a gesture of transparency—or, gesture to increase my weekly hate mail—I've listed where I ranked each Big 12 team in our Bleacher Report Top 25.
Who is the best team in the Big 12 right now?
Oklahoma State (1-0)
The Cowboys were the highest ranked team in the Big 12 heading into the season. After beating Mississippi State 21-3 in Houston, there really isn't any reason to move OSU down.
The Pokes' defensive effort was most impressive, and once the offense got rolling, this looked like a complete football team. Getting more consistency out of that offense and quarterback J.W. Walsh will be important going forward.
Where I ranked 'em: 18
Texas got off to a slow start against New Mexico State, but we'll chalk that up to opening-week rust.
Once the Longhorns stopped turning the ball over, they unleashed a deluge of points. There's not a lot you can learn about a team that beats up on an inferior opponent 56-7, so this ranking is fine for now.
Where I ranked 'em: 17
I came away more impressed with how Oklahoma handled Louisiana-Monroe. The Sooners had some major question marks on defense and ended up shutting out a good offensive team.
Quarterback Trevor Knight already looks comfortable leading the offense thanks to a more option-based attack and the running game should be dynamic this year.
Where I ranked 'em: 14
Welcome to the top 25, Baylor. I felt like you should have been here to begin with, but there's nothing here an Eastern Washington upset over Oregon State can't fix.
The Bears have about 50 skill guys who can score at any given moment, but the defense held Wofford and its can't stop, won't stop rushing attack to less than three yards per carry. How the Bears do in pass defense going forward will be the area to watch.
Where I ranked 'em: 22
TCU rounds out the Big 12's appearance in the AP top 25, but I'm way higher on the Horned Frogs and could probably be considered an outlier on them in general.
TCU hung tough with LSU and performed relatively well on defense before the wear and tear of the game became too much to handle. If Casey Pachall can shake off a hot-and-cold Week 1 performance, this will be as good a team as any in the Big 12.
Where I ranked 'em: 15
Ben Kercheval is the lead writer for Big 12 football. You can follow him on Twitter @BenKercheval.
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