As North Improves, Big 12 Gets Six into the Latest AP Poll.

J. Robert ByromCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Quarterback Zac Robinson #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates his touchdown on a rush up the middle for 1 yard gain during the third quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

It was supposed to be a down year for Missouri; they lost too much on offense to compete with that defense. Well, both sides of the ball showed up to drub the Illini and move  Missouri into the top 25.  This means that half of the Big 12 is ranked.A feat like this is Extremely impressive and not something we have seen often from any conference, Especially not one big enough to have a conference championship game. Also, Texas Tech is in the top 30 so if all the ranked teams can avoid cougar-style upsets. It may be seven really soon.

Nebraska and Kansas played cream puffs, but they did what your good teams are supposed do when they have a cupcake in front of them, they devour it. Kansas and Nebraska eeked up a bit just to make enough room for Missouri to join the top 25 parade.

Iowa State played a complete game and after Iowa's struggles believe they can take down their rival next weekend.

Kansas State and Colorado still look Big 12 north like but the rest of the teams look like they may be closing the gap with the south.

In the South, Everyone looked good except the "team" that has owned the Big 12 this decade, the Sooners.

The Sooners look like a pick up group and team does not describe anything resembling what they showcased in Dallas this weekend.

Stoops called a press conference to announce star TE Jermaine Gresham's status, which most likely means extremely bad news for the Sooners. Do not be surpised if All-American TE Jermaine Gresham is out all year.

Texas looked good the lines were not as dominate as they should have been and two injuries on the O-line are not going to help but the pass offense in smooth and Jordan Shipley may be even faster than last year. Colt McCoy took a big leap forward as a heisman contender with Bradford going down for Oklahoma, the three-horse race is now two, at the gate at least, anyway.

Texas Tech does not seem to have fallen as far as people thought and Baylor and Texas A&M look like they have improved.    

A&M's offense looked much better. While they did not play a good team, 600 yards of offense was not happening last year no matter who they played.

Oklahoma State is the talk of the conference and deservedly so. While many doubted them, they beat a Georgia team in a way no one thought they would, with Smash-mouth physical defense. If their offense gets back on track and that defense is as good as they looked in week one. They may be the toast of the conference this year.

The Big 12 definitely looks even more interesting this year than the mega drama that played out last year. The North does not look like easy wins for the south any more. Will Texas get the redemption they so desperately seek this season. Is Oklahoma State for real? Can OU get up off the ground and recover to win the conference they have dominated for the past decade.

Those are just a few of many more compelling questions. 

Thank you, Lord, for sending college football in full force to the Big 12, yet again.   

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