Big 12 Power Rankings and Predictions: Week 4

Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2009

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 19:  The Kansas Jayhawks stand on the field before the game against the Duke Blue Devils on Kivisto Field at Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

After a disappointing second week, the Big 12 rebounded with solid performance's for the most part in week three.

Oklahoma St. bounced back from its embarrassing home loss to Houston with a 41-24 win over Rice; Colorado was able to notch its first win of the season, shutting out Wyoming at home by the score of 24-0.

The Conference was this close from obtaining an impressive OOC game as Nebraska nearly pulled off the upset in Blacksburg. It was not meant to be however; despite holding the Hokies to 195 yards total offense and only one real scoring drive through three quarters, Tyrod Taylor and the VA Tech offense came alive when it had to, scoring on the last drive to give them a 16-15 win.

With the loss, Nebraska (2-1) fell to 1-21 in their last 22 games against ranked opponents.

Other Notable Performance's Included

Oklahoma QB Landry Jones making history as he threw for a school record six touchdowns in the Sooners home victory over Tulsa; 45-0.

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Texas and Texas Tech kicked off conference play with Texas holding off the pesky Red Raiders 34-24 in front of a national audience on ABC.

Offensive Player of the Week

Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma - Jones went 25 of 37 for 336 yards and six touchdowns (school record), with 2 INT's. Who would have thought that in only his second start he would already have his named in the record books ahead of guys like Sam Bradford, Jason White, and Josh Heupel. Safe to say the future looks bright in Norman.

Defensive Player of the Week

Rod Muckelroy, LB, Texas - The Senior linebacker notched 10 tackles, one sack, two TFL's, two pressures, and a pass breakup in the Horns 34-24 victory over Texas Tech.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Alex Henery, K, Nebraska - The Nebraska FG kicker connected on 5 FG's in the Huskers gut wrenching 16-15 loss to the Hokies.

Big 12 Slate Week Four

1) Missouri vs. Nevada (Friday Night Game) - Mackey Stadium, Reno, Nev. 8:00 p.m., ESPN

Missouri has started off the season better than what most expected, their DB's better bring that same intensity they brought to the Illinois game because Nevada is a good passing team. Like Missouri to win by a touch. 34-27.

2) Kansas vs. Southern Miss - Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, Kan.  11:00 a.m., FSN

Kansas has quietly looked like the best team in the North so far this year; expect them to roll here. 48-10.

3) Kansas St. vs. Tennessee Tech - Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, Kan. 1:00 p.m.

The Wildcats showed signs of improvement in last week's game vs. UCLA. They we're actually into the game well into the second half before the Bruins took over. I think they get their second win at home here. 34-20.

4) Texas vs. UTEP - Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas 2:30 p.m., FSN

Look for Texas to end their slow starting ways in this contest. Colt McCoy and the gang should score early and often against the defensively struggling Miners. 58-10.

5) Texas A&M vs. UAB - Kyle Field, College Station, Texas 6:00 p.m.

Not sure what to make of the Aggies yet. They are taking care of their business vs. the cupcakes, can't wait to see them play a more formidable opponent. Ags win, 38-27.

6) Iowa St. vs. Army - Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa 6:00 p.m.

Quick! Somebody fill me in on Army... you guys guess is as good as mine in this one.

7) Oklahoma St. vs. Grambling - Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Okla. 6:00 p.m.

Well the good news for Grambling is their band should mop up the floor with the Cowboys band. On the football field however, look for the Cowboys and that offense to roll. 63-14.

8) Baylor vs. Northwestern St. - Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas 6:00 p.m.

Not a good time for Northwestern St. to be coming into Waco. The Bears will be looking to put last week's home loss to UCONN on the back burner. What better way to do that than to invite a cupcake into Floyd Casey. Bears roll. 50-7.

9) Nebraska vs. Louisiana-Lafayette - Memorial Stadium/Tom Osborne Field, Lincoln, Neb., 6:00 p.m., FSN PPV

Home game vs. the Rajun Cajun's from the Sun Belt is just what the doctor ordered after that gut wrenching loss to VA Tech last week. Huskers win big. 48-17.

10) Texas Tech vs. Houston - Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas 8:15 p.m., ESPN2

Unequivocally the most intriguing matchup the Big 12 has to offer this weekend. Both games can put up numbers in a hurry and Houston already slayed one Big 12 South Opponent this year what will they do with Tech for an Encore?

Tech proved its worth in a hard fought game on the road at Texas last week, they may be the third best team in the Big 12 when it's all said and done. I like Tech to make a statement here, end Houston's BCS bid. 45-28.

Power Rankings

1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Kansas
4. Texas Tech
5. Oklahoma st.
6. Nebraska
7. Missouri
8. Baylor
9. Texas A&M
10. Kansas st.
11. Colorado
12. Iowa st.


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