College Football Rankings Week 2: Which Big 12 Team Will Climb the Most?

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 3:  Running back Fozzy Whittaker #2 of the Texas Longhorns runs over safety Tanner Leland #8 of the Rice Owls to score his second touchdown in the fourth quarter on September 3, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)
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After a solid week collectively in week 1, several Big 12 teams find themselves in Top 25 in the week 2. Going into the week 2 slate of games, there are several teams that will head up the polls once again with a win.

Oklahoma State will certainly be among them after beating Arizona this past Thursday, but they are already too high in the rankings to move up much.

The Texas A&M Aggies got a nice win over SMU last week, but they are off this week.

Missouri lost Friday night to Arizona State, and Baylor has already made its big move.

The Texas Longhorns will be the big movers in the rankings after week 2.

After beating Rice in week 1, there is some cautious optimism around the team. Led by Malcolm Brown, the running game looked solid, and quarterback Garrett Gilbert spread the ball around well. The defense was simply the Texas Longhorns' defense we have come to known and expect.

It was just Rice, but Texas looked good in victory.

This week, they will have a stiffer challenge against the BYU Cougars. The Cougars are led on offense by quarterback Jake Heaps and prolific running back J.J. Di Luigi, two players that have the potential to be among the best in the nation at their positions.

Defensively, BYU has a lot of experience up front and is physical at every position.

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 3:  Quaterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns runs past linebacker Cameron Nwosu #34 of the Rice Owls in the second quarter on September 3, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Eric
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They aren't as good as some recent BYU teams, but they are coming off of a bowl game last season, which is more than you can say for Texas.

On the way to proving that last season was little more than a fluke, Texas will look impressive again in beating BYU.

That win on its own may not be a great barometer of just how good the Longhorns are this season, but it will look good to the pollsters. BYU is a solid team with a good reputation, and sometimes that's all you need to get a bump in the polls.

Texas currently sits at No. 24 in the AP poll. Expect them to be closer to No. 19 or No. 20 after this week is over.

Week 2 AP Top 25

1. Oklahoma

2. LSU

3. Alabama

4. Boise State

5. Florida State

6. Stanford

7. Texas A&M

8. Wisconsin

9. Oklahoma State

10. Nebraska

11. Virginia Tech

12. South Carolina

13. Oregon

14. Arkansas

15. Ohio State

16. Mississippi State

17. Michigan State

18. Florida

19. West Virginia

20. Baylor

21. Missouri

22. South Florida

23. Penn State

24. Texas

25. TCU