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Big 12 Football: Week 9 Power Rankings

Mike WehlingAnalyst INovember 1, 2010

Big 12 Football: Week 9 Power Rankings

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    The Big 12 had a great slate of games last week.  Iowa State rallied over Kansas to become one win short of bowl eligibility.  Colorado was crushed by Oklahoma.  Texas A&M dominated Texas Tech, with a new starting QB.  Baylor "upset" the Longhorns in Austin.  Nebraska played host to undefeated Missouri and dominated with the first minute, ending the last Big 12 undefeated team.

    With that in mind, where do the teams rank after Week 9?

12. Kansas Jayhawks

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    Record: 2-6 (0-4)

    Big 12 North Ranking: tied for sixth

    National Ranking: LOL

    If you were expecting someone else, I am sorry, but you obviously have not had any access to the outside world in the past few months. 

    The Jayhawks continue playing terrible football, as they lose to the Jayhawks 28-16.  Don't let that score fool you, Kansas scored a touchdown in garbage time (seven seconds left) to make it look more respectable. 

    Both on offense and defense, the Jayhawks have played terribly.  The Jayhawks were starting their third quarterback of the season with Quinn Mecham, who was average at best, going 22 of 33 for 149 yards with a TD and an INT. 

    The run game was mediocre, only getting 149 yards, that's weird, with no touchdowns.  Sims and Quigley are not playing well, the only upside is Sims is a freshman, and will improve. 

    The defense gave up 400 yards of total offense, which is probably the area that needs the most improvement.  If they could actually stop the other team, they could win.  If Gill values his job, he needs to step up and get his team motivated.

    Kansas player of the week: Do I really have to pick someone? I guess I'll take kicker Jacob Branstetter, his 10 points are more than anyone else on the team.

    Week 10: Colorado

    Prediction: Loss. It's the game to decide who takes last place in the Big 12, but unlike the Jayhawks, the Buffaloes can actually play football

11. Colorado Buffaloes

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    Record: 3-5 (0-4)

    Big 12 North Ranking: tied for sixth

    National Ranking: N/A

    At least Colorado has an awesome mascot to go with a bad football team.  No one thought Colorado would win, but Dan Hawkins seat is boiling right now. 

    They started off hot, well not hot but 3-1 isn't bad, but are now playing terribly.  The loss of Tyler Hansen hurts, a lot.  Cody Hawkins is not a good quarterback and he showed that against Oklahoma, going 17 of 44 with 187 yards and one touchdown. 

    The running game could not offset Hawkins' poor play, only gaining 76 rushing yards.  The defense got torched by Oklahoma, giving up 635 yards of total offense. 

    The Buffaloes have to win out if they want a shot at a bowl game, but they will only be favored in one of them, Kansas, and most likely they will lose to Kansas State and Iowa State, which will give them six wins for bowl eligibility.  If this season does not end Dan Hawkins' career at Colorado, I do not know what will.

    Colorado player of the week: Scotty McKnight, because his receptions record at Colorado and his play are the only bright spots for this team, as he got 84 yards and one TD.

    Week 10: @ Kansas

    Prediction: Win. Colorado is bad, but at least they are not playing as badly as Kansas

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    Record: 4-4 (2-4)

    Big 12 South Ranking: sixth

    National Ranking: N/A

    Hey Tommy Tuberville, you remember how people said you were a defensive mastermind?  Yeah, you might want to start trying to live up to that. 

    Texas Tech got crushed by the Aggies, 45-27.  The defense gave up 652 total yards: 449 pass and 174 rush, yikes. 

    The offense was not too much better, as they had 452 yards of offense, but had costly turnovers, one on the 1-yard line.  Potts either got benched or injured, nothing really specific on it, and Sheffield was put in and played a lot better than Potts. 

    I do not know if the team does not like Potts, or something, but they played really well last year when they had Sheffield in, so I would not be surprised to see a QB change. 

    The run game has basically stalled, only getting 96 total rushing yards with Stephens getting the only touchdown.  I think that Tuberville needs to get his defense in gear and switch to Sheffield if he is looking for a decent season.

    Texas Tech player of the week: Steven Sheffield was 11 of 14 for 129 yards with two TD's and one INT.

    Week 10: Missouri

    Prediction: Win. I'll go with the upset here. IF Sheffield plays, I think that the Red Raiders will come out motivated on their home field, and Missouri is 1-1 outside the state of Missouri.

9. Texas Longhorns

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    Record: 4-4 (2-3)

    Big 12 South Ranking: fifth

    National Ranking: N/A

    Wow.  Darrell K Royal was filled with boos Saturday night, as the Longhorns dropped their third home game.  

    I think Texas definitely needs to clean house or something, because their season is in a nose dive, with only one gimme game left, they still need two to become bowl eligible.  The offense is not bad, they racked up 428 total yards, but could not punch it in except for once. 

    I seriously question the play calling of Greg Davis.  When the passing game does not work, you go to the run, not the pass.  Davis, Brown and Gilbert are all on the hot seat right now, and around the internet there are a lot of callings for Davis to be fired, Brown to retire, Gilbert to get benched and Case McCoy get moved up.

    The defense is playing well and is the reason they stay in games.  Mack Brown needs to get his team focused if they want a good season.  Also of note, Aaron Williams got hit hard and was still for a couple of minutes before moving, I hope he does not have any serious injury.

    Texas player of the week: Justin Tucker, who hit five of six field goals and tied a school record.

    Week 10: @ Kansas State

    Prediction: Loss. For some reason Texas has issues with Kansas State; it is the one Big 12 team Colt McCoy never beat.

8. Kansas State Wildcats

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    Record: 5-3 (2-3)

    Big 12 North Ranking: fourth

    National Ranking: BCS No. 29

    Kansas State had their chances and blew it, losing to Oklahoma State 24-14.  Oklahoma State had three turnovers, two fumbles and a failed 4th down attempt, and could only capitalize on one of them. 

    They were also only down by three until Coffman threw a pick six. He had another one to make two, and Daniel Thomas also threw a pick.  Coffman was 23 of 35 for 170 yards and two INTs, not good numbers. 

    Daniel Thomas has not really been doing too well; this is his fifth 100 yard game, but he was averaging 3.5 yards per carry against Oklahoma State.  The defense did pretty well against one of the best offenses in the country, even though they did not have Justin Blackmon. 

    They only gave up 17 points; the other seven came on an interception return.  But the offense has stuttered in recent weeks, and it needs to step up to get that sixth win of the season.

    Kansas State player of the week: Daniel Thomas. No one was impressive in this game, but Thomas is only seven yards short of 1000.

    Week 10: Texas

    Prediction: Win.  They won't be favored, but for some reason Mack Brown and Texas have issues with Kansas State, and with Texas's issues right now they could definitely win this one.

7. Texas A&M Aggies

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    Record: 5-3 (2-2)

    Big 12 South Ranking: fourth

    National Ranking: BCS No. 38

    See that guy in the photo? He is the new quarterback at Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill.  In just one game, he beat Jerrod Johnson's record for passing yards in a single game with 449 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. 

    Texas A&M started slow, but then picked up the pace and dominated the Red Raiders, 45-27.  They got the much needed fifth win and just need to win one more to go bowling. The bad news is three of the last four games are against ranked teams, and the other is Texas. 

    They got the win, but it cost them dearly. They lost leading rusher Christine Michael for the rest of the season.  Stepping into his place will be juniors Gray and Stephens who had amassed 148 yards in between the two, with Gray getting two touchdowns. 

    It had to be tough, but Sherman made the right choice in benching mistake-prone Johnson, but will Tannehill stay at quarterback for the next game?  If he can keep up this production, he better stay as the starter.

    Texas A&M player of the week: Ryan Tannehill, who, with 449 yards passing, broke the single game passing record for the Aggies previously held by Johnson

    Week 10: Oklahoma

    Prediction: Loss. Tannehill may have been amazing, but he played against a mediocre defense, Oklahoma has a very good defense and will make Tannehill earn those yards.

6. Iowa State Cyclones

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    Record: 5-4 (3-2)

    Big 12 North Ranking: third

    National Ranking: BCS No. 45

    Wow, Iowa State has shocked everyone so far.  They were pegged for last in the Big 12 North, and right now, they actually have a shot at winning the Big 12 North if they win out, which will be difficult with No. 7 Nebraska and No. 12 Missouri still left on the schedule, on the plus side they are both at home. 

    If they want to win out, they need to play better than they did against Kansas.  They won 28-16, but were losing 9-7 at halftime and needed a big third quarter to avoid the upset.  Austen Arnaud was all right, he was 16 of 26 for 168 yards, no touchdowns and added 56 on the ground. 

    The rushing game had 232 yards with Robinson leading the way with 117 and a touchdown.  The defense was good, only giving up a touchdown in garbage time.  Overall the team is playing good football right now, and have a great shot at bowl eligibility for the second straight year.

    Iowa State player of the week: Josh Lenz, because he returned a punt 62 yards for a score and turned the Cyclones around.

    Week 10: Nebraska

    Prediction: Loss. Iowa State's defense is 111th against the run and play the number sixth-ranked rushing attack, and the 19th best defense; that matchup does not look too good for the Cyclones.

5. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Record: 7-1 (3-1)

    Big 12 South Ranking: tied for second

    National Ranking: BCS No. 17

    No Blackmon? No problem. Well, at least eventually, no problem.  They racked up 511 yards, but it took them a while to get the scoring going, but when they did they scored 24 unanswered points to win 24-14. 

    Brandon Weeden had 289 yards passing with two touchdowns.  The rushing game with Hunter and Randle amassed 205 yards between the two, with Weeden gaining eight himself.  The defense was the highlight of this game though, after giving up 540 yards to Nebraska, they held the Wildcats to 289 yards and had three interceptions, with one of them being taken all the way back. 

    If the Cowboys can play like they have been when Blackmon comes back and play like they did on defense against Kansas State, they definitely have the possibility of running the table.

    Oklahoma State player of the week: Johnny Thomas, who had an interception return for a touchdown that sealed the game for the Cowboys.

    Week 10: Baylor

    Prediction: Loss. This has the possibility of being a high-scoring shootout, and Baylor has done very well as the underdog, but if this defense steps up they definitely can win.

4. Baylor Bears

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    Record: 7-2 (4-1)

    Big 12 South Ranking: first

    National Ranking: BCS No. 21

    Are the Bears for real?  They definitely looked real in upsetting Texas in Austin, 30-22.  The Bears were held below their average of over 500 yards to 328 yards, but it did not matter because they had some big plays on defense and on offense. 

    They picked off Gilbert, which led to a score off the ensuing drive, and they recovered a late fumble that ended any chance of a comeback for Texas.  Robert Griffin was 16 of 24 for 214 yards with two TDs and one INT, with 17 yards on the ground and a TD. 

    The Bears also had a big day from Jay Finley, who got 117 yards and a touchdown.  The defense needs to shore up if they want to win the Big 12 South, because they play three potent offense in Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

    Baylor player of the week: Bayl Rodney Chadwick, who had the biggest fumble recovery of his career as it sealed the deal for the win.

    Week 10: @ Oklahoma State

    Prediction: Win. The Bears will not come in favored in this game, but that's fine.  They have performed very well as the underdogs; if the defense doesn't show up, the offense better be prepared for a shootout.

3. Missouri Tigers

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    Record: 7-1 (3-1)

    Big 12 North Ranking: second

    National Ranking: BCS No. 12

    The Tigers were crushed Saturday by the Cornhuskers, 31-17.  They could not get things started on offense, and their defense got torched. 

    In the first quarter, the Huskers amassed 256 yards, while the Tigers only had 48.  They were eventually able to come back and make it closer, but they could not stop the run game, and I am sure defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton was definitely missed by the Tigers. 

    Gabbert was sacked six times by what could have been his teammates had he not decommitted from Nebraska.  He had his worst day of the season, going 18 of 42 for 199 yards with a TD and an INT, but he was able to make the most out of his scrambling, gaining 74 yards. 

    Josey and Lawrence were both held to season lows on rushing, while Moore had a fourth quarter toss for 33 yards and a touchdown, and he ended with 55 yards. 

    The Tigers outscored the Cornhuskers 17-7 after the first quarter, but the damage was already done, and they could not recover. 

    They still are a good football team and should be favored in all the games from here out.  They fell six spots in the BCS and may have fallen farther, but for some reason the computers have them at fourth. Why?  I do not know.

    Missouri player of the game: Blaine Gabbert, who had a bad day throwing, but rushed for a season-high 74.

    Week 10: @ Texas Tech

    Prediction: Loss. I'm going to go with the upset here. The Tigers have only played two games outside the state of Missouri going 1-1, and they play a team desperate for a win and Tuberville will pull out all the stops for this one.

2. Oklahoma Sooners

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    Record: 7-1 (3-1)

    Big 12 South Ranking: tied for second

    National Ranking: BCS No. 8

    No let down for Oklahoma after getting upset by Missouri, as they keep their streak of home wins alive with a 43-10 thrashing of Colorado. 

    Landry Jones was great with 453 yards passing and four touchdown passes.  The run game was all right, amassing 147 yards and a touchdown, nothing too impressive. 

    Overall, the offense racked up 623 yards of total offense.  The defense held the Buffaloes to 263 yards and only gave up a touchdown in garbage time. 

    The Sooners are definitely making a case for themselves as the best one-loss team in the country.  They are playing great defense and their offense is outstanding.  If they keep playing like this, they could very easily win the conference. 

    But while they played great, it was against Colorado, and the Buffaloes are not good.  They need to keep a level head if they want to win the Big 12 South, which they should be favored to win.  As they will be favored to win in all of their remaining games.

    Oklahoma player of the week: Ryan Broyles, with 208 on nine catches and three touchdowns, setting a school record for most receiving yards in a game for Oklahoma

    Week 10: @ Texas A&M

    Prediction: Win. Oklahoma has issues on the road so it could be an upset, but the Sooners are better on every level than the Aggies.

1. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    Record: 7-1 (3-1)

    Big 12 North Ranking: first

    National Ranking: BCS No. 7

    The Cornhuskers started early and dominated the game against their rivals Missouri, 31-17.  The defense was great in getting pressure on Gabbert, with six sacks, and the secondary only let him complete 42 percent of his passes.  

    The big story was on offense.  The usual headline grabber Taylor Martinez had 115 yards passing with a touchdown pass, but only had 16 yards rushing. 

    The big name on offense this week was Roy Helu Jr.  He had 307 yards on the ground with three touchdowns, and with that he set a school record for most rushing yards in a game for Nebraska.  That is very impressive, add in the long history of Nebraska running backs and running quarterbacks, it's even more impressive. 

    Zac Lee came into the game to start the second half, after Martinez had a bone bruise, and did what he was expected to do, manage the game.  The Black shirts had a great game; they also had several players making their first time or seeing the most playing time they have seen all season. 

    They had a huge jump in the BCS moving from 14th to seventh and are the second highest one-loss team behind Alabama.   Overall, they had a great game and should be favored to win out and finish with the Big 12 North title.

    Nebraska player of the week: Roy Helu Jr., who ran 307 yards on the ground for a school record with three TDs.

    Week 10: @ Iowa State

    Prediction: Win. No one at Nebraska forgets what happened last year, and this year Nebraska's defense and offense are clicking.

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