Big 12 Rankings & Thoughts: Week 1
The rankings & thoughts for all the Big 12 teams after Week 1.
10. Kansas Jayhawks (1-0)
Score: at Kansas 38, SE Missouri State 16
Next Up: Central Michigan
– Kansas looked the part. It played like a real team with a real passing game. Peyton Bender threw for 364 yards and four scores, but he threw two picks.
– Where was the ground attack? The O line didn’t get a push. Kansas ran for just 73 yards and averaged under three yards per try.
– The defense did its part, especially early. Joe Dineen was magnificent making 15 tackles – SEMO couldn’t run.
9. Baylor Bears (0-1)
Score: Liberty 48, at Baylor 45
Next Up: UTSA
– Oops. The head coach who knows defense couldn’t stop the Liberty passing game. The Matt Rhule debut was a nightmare, getting hit for 447 yards through the air.
– It was Anu Solomon’s offense to run. He led the team with 97 yards on the ground and completed 14-of-29 passes for 278 yards and three scores with a pick. Zach Smith threw one pass – it was intercepted.
– Chris Pratt was a bright spot. He only caught three passes, but he hit the Flames for 102 yards and two scores.
8. Iowa State Cyclones (1-0)
Score: at Iowa State 42, Northern Iowa 24
Next Up: Iowa
– The defense got the season started. The offense didn’t get rolling early, but two interception returns for scores set the tone. And then the O started to work. The D wasn’t great, but it was when it needed to be.
– Jacob Park’s debut was solid. He completed 27-of-35 passes for 271 yards and two scores with a pick. Allen Lazard caught eight passes for 108 yards.
– The ground game didn’t get moving yet. It averaged just 3.8 yards per carry with David Montgomery running for 82 yards.
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0)
Score: at Texas Tech 56, Eastern Washington 10
Next Up: Arizona State (Sept. 16)
– Eastern Washington is undergoing a change, but it’s still dangerous. Texas Tech ended this without a problem in the second quarter. It’s still going to be a work in progress, but it was a good showing.
– Nic Shimonek might not be Pat Mahomes, but he was outstanding. He hit 26-of-30 passes for 384 yards and three scores. McLane Carter and Jett Duffey combined to complete all five of their passes.
– There were 11 penalties, but there weren’t any turnovers, and the D came up with three takeaways and allowed 301 yards. It’s a step forward.
6. Texas Longhorns (0-1)
Score: Maryland 51, at Texas 41
Next Up: San Jose State
– Texas stunned by Terps: 3 Things That Matter
– Total, utter disaster. Texas came up with several big plays and had several chances to take over the game, and didn’t. Now the team that was supposed to start rolling under Tom Herman has to prove that this was just an aberration.
– Shane Buechele was better than he’ll get credit for. He threw for 375 yards and two scores, and ran for a touchdown. He didn’t get much help from the running game.
– The special teams did its part, but the defense couldn’t tackle, especially in the clutch. Maryland QBs hit 12-of-15 throws for 219 yards and two scores with a pick. The run D allowed over six yards per carry.
5. West Virginia Mountaineers (0-1)
Score: Virginia Tech 31, West Virginia 24
Next Up: East Carolina
– The Mountaineers did almost everything right but win the game. They committed nine penalties, and they couldn’t contain Josh Jackson, but this was a terrific performance – they’re going to be players in the Big 12 race.
– Will Grier was outstanding. He played like the star WVU fans were hoping for, completing 31-of-53 passes for 371 yards and three scores with a pick, and ran 11 times for 52 yards.
– Gary Jennings caught 13 passes for 189 yards with a score, and David Sills made nine grabs for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
4. TCU Horned Frogs (1-0)
Score: at TCU 63, Jackson State 0
Next Up: at Arkansas
– Now there’s the defense. It was an FCS game, but still, the Horned Frogs needed to look like the Horned Frogs of old. They were all over the Tigers, allowing just 65 yards and owning the backfield.
– Kenny Hill threw a pick, but he completed 18-of-23 passes for 206 yards and four scores. He only ran once, spreading the ball around well hitting on several big plays. The offense wasn’t razor sharp, but it was good enough.
– It was a scrimmage. TCU allowed just one third down conversion and had this from the start. Now it’s time to ramp up the intensity with Arkansas up next.
3. Kansas State Wildcats (1-0)
Score: at Kansas State 55, Central Arkansas 19
Next Up: Charlotte
– It took a little while to wake up, and then the Wildcats rolled. The running game will work, but the passing game showed up – that’s more important. Jesse Ertz threw for 333 yards and four scores on just ten completions.
– Byron Pringle is a devastating deep threat. He showed it off with 121 yards and a score on just three catches, but all of Ertz’s receivers did their part. K-State averaged a ridiculous 33 yards per catch.
– The run defense – it might take a bit. It was way too leaky, allowing 223 yards and too many runs to the second level.
2. Oklahoma State Cowboys (1-0)
Score: at Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 24
Next Up: at South Alabama
– That’s exactly what you’re supposed to do. Mason Rudolph was fantastic, completing 20-of-24 passes for 303 yards and three scores with a rushing touchdown.
– The Cowboys put this away immediately. Even with a shaky second quarter, the O kept on rolling. They looked the part in a dangerous firefight.
– The run D has to load up in a hurry. The secondary had a few rocky moments, but the front had problems with the Tulsa ground attack, giving up 244 yards and two scores.
1. Oklahoma Sooners (1-0)
Score: at Oklahoma 56, UTEP 7
Next Up: at Ohio State
– And the machine keeps on rolling. Oklahoma destroyed UTEP early, with the offense operating at peak efficiency. This was a clinic – the Sooners were razor-sharp offensively.
– Even throwing against air, completing 32-of-36 passes for 496 yards and four scores is hard. Baker Mayfield hit 19-of-20 throws, and Kyler Murray hit 10-of-11 passes.
– Who’s the next Dede Westbrook? OU doesn’t have one, but TE Mark Andrews played the part, leading the team with 134 yards and a score on seven catches.