Thursday, September 24, 2009

First annual Big 12 Power Poll

I like this idea AJ. I don't know how often this will be updated... but lets go for it.

1) Texas
The Texas offense looked pretty bad against a mediocre (at best) Texas Tech defense. Before Tech, the Longhorns took it to some powerhouses... Wyoming and Louisiana Monroe! I still think they are about even with OU this year, but they are the undefeated team. Watch out for that defense though, they allowed 20 points to Louisiana Monroe... not so good.

2) Oklahoma
Losing Jermaine Gresham for the season and Sam Bradford halfway through the BYU game was not such a good thing. However if there was one game on the schedule that my Sooners could afford to lose it was against BYU. The defense is nasty this year. Shutting out FCS Idaho State is nothing really... but shutting out the high powered offense of Tulsa was truly impressive. With Bradford most likely back for Miami, OU still has a great chance at making a title run. Their strength of schedule should carry them if they were to win out, because I don't see any undefeated teams this year outside of Jesus's team in Florida.

3) Texas Tech
Tough loss at home to Texas, but this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. This team could surprise some people and make a run at 9 wins and a decent bowl bid.

4t) Missouri
4t) Kansas
I couldn't pick between this border war rivalry. Either or both of these teams could end up with more wins than the Red Raiders, but I think Tech is the better team (as of now). Both teams have some impressive wins (points-wise) against far insuperior competition. Lets wait until Big 12 play before we judge either of these north teams.

6) Oklahoma State
Congratulations Pokes for beating an SEC team! But you still have to beat Conference-USA teams. The Cowboys haven't played a road game yet, and that defense doesn't look like its improving. Looks like OSU will struggle to stay ahead of the Red Raiders this season in the Big 12 South (once again). Embrace 4th place Stillwater.... embrace it.

7) Nebraska
Bo is well on his way to bringing back the Blackshirts defense of the past... but where is the O Bo? The Big-12 is much better than the ACC, Nebraska didn't show it, but hopefully OU will against Miami.

8) Baylor
Everybody knows Baylor doesn't have the athletes yet to make a run at a Big 12 title, but can Robert Griffin lead Baylor to a bowl game? I think so. Baylor should enter Big 12 play 3-1. They need at least 3 more wins. Possible wins in the Big 12: @ISU, OSU and Nebraska at home, @Texas A&M, Tech at home??

9) Texas A&M
Narrowly beating Utah State in College Station is not getting anyone excited. I don't care if they use their 12th man, 13th, 14th, 15th... it doesnt matter, they wont finish higher than 5th in the South.

10) Iowa State
The good news: The Cyclones could start the season 4-1!!! The bad news... try finding more than 2 winnable games on the rest of the schedule. Go ahead, try. Come on. Ya, I didn't think so.

11) Colorado
Dan Hawkins last season? I don't know if he finishes the season in Boulder. I see the Buffaloes starting 1-5. A 4-win season at best doesn't scream out "Job security."

12) Kansas State
You can't lose to Louisiana Lafayette. I'm sorry. I thought Bill Snyder was a bad hire, err... rehire. Yes they looked better against UCLA, but I don't see this team winning more than 2 more games. And yes, I am including Tennessee Tech in those two wins. The Wildcats just flat out stink. Nuff said.

Stay classy,


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