We’re through five weeks of the 2015 college football season, and the Big 12 is shaping up about how we all thought it would. Now that we’ve played some games of substance, it’s time to unveil the first batch of power rankings. Enjoy:
1. Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0)
Is OU the best team in the Big 12? Only time will tell. But for now, the Sooners are No. 1, mostly based off of their resume. Wins at Tennessee and over West Virginia, both of which were ranked 23rd at the time, are far better than anything that any other Big 12 school has done. But these rankings are fluid, and if OU struggles to beat (or somehow loses to) Texas this week, they can kiss the top spot goodbye.
2. Baylor (4-0, 1-0)
As stated above, Baylor might be the best team in the conference, but haven’t played anyone. One may argue that the Bears are simply beating who’s on the schedule, which they are. But they oughta schedule someone better than SMU, Rice and Lamar.
3. TCU (5-0, 2-0)
The banged-up Frogs haven’t yet stumbled, although needed a little (or a lot) luck to get past Texas Tech. The offense has looked pretty good overall, but we’ll see how their defense holds up against better competition; it certainly didn’t against Tech.
4. Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0)
We’re still waiting to watch the Cowboys and come away saying “That was a great performance.” OSU struggled at Central Michigan, struggled at Texas and struggled against Kansas State. But there’s a lot to be said for finding a way to win all of those games. There’s a lot for the Pokes to work on, but 5-0 is 5-0.
5. West Virginia (3-1, 0-1)
WVU has looked very strong thus far, which led many to pick them to upset OU in Norman on Saturday. It was a sloppy performance against a very good Sooner team, but it shouldn’t take away from a very solid beginning to the season.
6. Kansas State (3-1, 0-1)
The Cats lost a heartbreaker in Stillwater on Saturday. They somehow kept it close despite playing with a wide receiver at quarterback. Bill Snyder deserves a lot of credit for giving his team a chance to win.
7. Texas Tech (3-2, 0-2)
Tech has looked OK against back-to-back top-notch opponents. The Raiders fell to TCU on that bizarre tipped pass two weeks ago and got out-classed by Baylor on Saturday, but a brighter future awaits: Tech has Iowa State and Kansas in its next two matchups.
8. Iowa State (2-2, 1-0)
The Cyclones are 2-2 overall after a 38-13 thumping of Kansas. ISU’s two losses are to very good teams in Toledo (4-0) and Iowa (5-0), and while the season may have just hit its high point, things are at least temporarily happy in Ames.
9. Texas (1-4, 0-2)
Poor Charlie Strong. The Longhorns are football’s version of the Bad News Bears; if it’s not one thing, it’s another. When do the Horns play Kansas?
10. Kansas (0-forever)
The Jayhawks can go ahead and get comfy, they’re not going anywhere.