After a fairly uneventful week in the Big 12's season-openers, the rankings have only shifted slightly going into our second edition of this series. At the time of publication, Stuart Whitehair, Jimson Cuenta, and myself have given our combined rankings to produce the listings you see below. Enjoy!
Note: Total points are given first, then tie-breaker points follow. The descriptions given after the teams were written by Peter Fleischer, and don't represent any other writers' opinions.
1. Missouri Tigers (34)
A sloppy-yet-important win over Illinois gives the Tigers a chance to breathe before intense conference play.
2. Oklahoma Sooners (33)
Only a huge storm slowed the Sooners, who were up 50-0 before pumping the breaks after a rain delay.
3. Texas Tech Red Raiders (30)
Graham Harrell and Co. racked up the yards and points, but should Eastern Washington really drop 24 points on a Big 12 defense looking to contend?
4. Texas Longhorns (27)
Colt McCoy looked great in Week One, but let's be honest—that won't last over a whole season.
5. Kansas Jayhawks (26)
They beat FIU, one of the worst teams in the Bowl Subdivision, 40-10. Congrats.
6. Nebraska Cornhuskers (19) [Two sixth place votes]
Joe Ganz looked great, defense could have been worse against W. Michigan.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (19) [One sixth place vote]
They looked good against a legit opponent—beating Washington State, 39-13—something not many in the conference can say yet.
8. Colorado Buffaloes (16)
Darrell Scott, aka "Superstar of the Future" in Boulder: Good, but not great in his collegiate debut.
9. Kansas State Wildcats (12)
Josh Freeman looked great against North Texas. He'll need to emerge as a star to save Ron Prince's job this year.
10. Iowa State Cyclones (9)
Yes, it was South Dakota State. But at least they didn't lose.
11. Baylor Bears (5)
Few expected anything other then their blowout loss to Wake Forest, but there were a couple of bright spots and flashes of talent.
12. Texas A&M Aggies (4)
New head coach Mike Sherman gets off to a terrible start, losing to Arkansas State despite returning much talent on offense.