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2010 Sep 13

Big 12 Rankings, Week Two

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Week two of the Big 12 rankings features a big shake-up thanks to some surprising wins - and giant losses.

No. 1 Oklahoma
Last Game: Beat Florida State 47-17
Summary: FSU wilted in the spotlight while Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones had time to cook dinner before completing 30 of 40 passes. There isn’t a team in college football that can blow out opponents like OU. Especially at home. It’s when the Sooners get stretched to four quarters and can’t knock out its foe. Coach Quote: "Don’t make too much of a first or second week." - Bob Stoops
Next Game: Air Force. The Falcons are no joke, but not in OU’s class.

No. 2 Nebraska
Last Game: Beat Idaho 38-17
Summary: The Huskers’ defense is ready for primetime, and Taylor Martinez leads the nation in yards per carry. At times NU loses a little focus. Is it pressure? Or too intricate a gameplan?
Coach Quote: "You’ve got to know when to and when not to. It comes down to decision-making." Bo Pelini on Nebraska’s penalty problems.
Next Game: Washington. Talented team that only occasionally plays up to that talent.

3. Texas A&M
Last Game: Beat Louisiana Tech 48-16
Summary: Another sluggish start gave way to a strong finish, as quarterback Jarrod Johnson threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Four turnovers were a weak point. The Aggies rushed for 213 yards and held the Bulldogs to just 61 yards on the ground. A&M’s defense is stronger than last year and held back LaTech in the red zone.
Coach Quote: "Before the game we put a PowerPoint up on ball security, how to hold the ball, the five points of contact, how to carry your pads. We did that two hours before the ballgame. I guess we didn‘t do it well enough." - Mike Sherman. Bill Callahan? Nah.
Next Game: Florida International.

No. 4 Texas
Last Game: Beat Wyoming 34-7
Summary: Garrett Gilbert has a cannon and decent mobility. Why doesn’t UT OC Greg Davis just let Gilbert sling it all over the yard like Houston’s Case Keenum does? What do the Longhorns have to lose except a little pride that its running game experiment didn’t work? Texas’ defense held up well against a diverse, better-than-average Cowboys’ offense. Mack Brown named a starting running back for the week - Fozzy Whitaker, who rushed for 62 yards.
Coach Quote: "We‘ll play the guy with the hot hand. Whoever is making the yards - he’ll stay in." - Mack Brown on his running backs
Next Game: Texas Tech. The Red Raiders must feel very good about their chances if UT sticks to its running game.

No. 5 Missouri
Last Game: Beat McNeese State 50-6
Summary: Missouri has offensive talent and isn’t afraid to show it off. This time it was running back Henry Josey who blazed for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns. It may be hard to learn much about these Tigers until October. By then, expect them to be ranked comfortably inside the top 25. Mizzou welcomes back linebacker Will Ebner and long-snapper Beau Brinkley, who served suspensions for DWI charges.
Coach Quote: "You get a little respect. That being said - at the end of the season is when you want to be there." Gary Pinkel on being ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll.
Next Game: San Diego State. The Aztecs are a likely bowl team with a dangerous offense and a weird 3-3-5 defense. They’re better than Illinois.

No. 6 Kansas State
Last Game: Beat Missouri State 48-24
Summary: KSU racked up 493 total yards - quarterback Carson Coffman threw for 280 of them, plus three touchdowns - but the Wildcats also gave up 447 yards to a Division 1-AA team. Yes, some of those yards came in garbage time - but Kansas State wasn’t exactly playing a bunch of scrubs, either. That’s not Bill Snyder’s style.
Coach Quote: "He’s a focused young guy and dedicated to getting better and trying to correct mistakes and he works at that. If you’re diligent about that you ought to make improvement in virtually every area." - Snyder on Coffman
Next Game: Iowa State in Kansas City. Farmageddon, Part II. Also - UCLA’s 35-0 loss to Stanford reveals that KSU’s opening-season win wasn’t particularly impressive.

No. 7 Texas Tech
Last Game: Beat New Mexico 52-17
Summary: Against an awful Lobos team (that lost 72-0 to Oregon) Tech played strong first and fourth quarters and shuffled along in the second and third quarters. The Red Raiders still run and hit among the best teams in the Big 12, but they lack consistency and follow through. Mike Leach never seemed to mind that much. Tommy Tuberville does.
Coach Quote: "We haven’t played an entire game…I thought we lost our concentration, to be honest with you, especially at the end of the first half" - Tuberville on the UNM game.
Next game: Texas. And all the eyes that go with it. The Red Raiders have a real shot, but must play mistake-free on offense.

No. 8 Baylor
Last Game: Beat Buffalo 34-6
Summary: Robert Griffin III threw for 297 yards and rushed for another 25, serving, once game, as the Bears’ primary offense. Perhaps more impressive? BU’s defense, which hasn’t given up a touchdown in two games thus far.
Coach Quote: "I certainly think any time you don’t give up touchdowns in the first two weeks, you should have a bit of confidence. But fame is fleeting." - Art Briles on his defense.
Next Game: at TCU. Big-time upgrade. Griffin will have to carry the team against an elite, aggressive defense.

No. 9 Oklahoma State
Last Game: Beat Troy 41-37
Summary: The Trojans didn’t come any closer, really, to slowing down OSU’s diverse offense - which hasn’t missed a beat (yet) with quarterback Brandon Weeden - but the Cowboys, despite 522 total yards, nearly threw the game away with five turnovers. Sloppy survival is survival nonetheless. Plus, the Cowboys appear committed to running the ball with Kendall Hunter (who gained 157 Saturday).
Coach Quote: "We’re getting decent (offensive line) play from a group that’s got four new starters on it…those guys have come together and played well."
Next Game: Tulsa. Terrific offense, no defense. Both teams could score over 40.

No. 10 Kansas
Last Game: Beat Georgia Tech 28-25
Summary: What a turnaround! KU kept the ball away from GT’s triple option just enough - and made crucial stops on third and fourth down when necessary - to pull off a dramatic upset. The Jayhawks manage to keep the Yellow Jackets’ explosive running game hemmed in for big chunks of the game, and quarterback Jordan Webb - operating out of a Mark Mangino-style spread in his first start - looked like Kansas’ long-term starter.
Coach Quote: "He definitely played extremely well and he brought some play that were made by him. He did some smart things throwing the ball away when he had to, things of that nature. He did a very good job. " - Turner Gill on Webb
Next: at Southern Mississippi Friday. The quick turnaround for KU will test the Jayhawks’ coaching staff. So will the road trip.

No. 11 Colorado
Last Game: Lost to California 52-7
Summary: Snowball game against a Bears team with more talent and polish than the Buffaloes. Very little went right in Berkeley and five CU turnovers and two Cal defensive touchdowns sure didn’t help. Cal repeatedly had a short field. Buffs QB Tyler Hansen tweeted a Tebow-like promise that it wouldn’t happen again.
Coach Quote: "I think our guys have great resolve They‘re not going to cash it in. They’ve got pride and they’ve worked too hard. I don’t have any doubt that they’ll rally back." - Dan Hawkins, on CU's defense
Next Game: Hawai’i. The Rainbows (or whatever they’re called) can score. No defense though.

No. 12 Iowa State
Last Game:
Lost to Iowa 35-7
Summary: The Cyclones got thumped by the Hawkeyes’ best team in nearly a decade. ISU couldn’t run the ball, couldn’t stop the run, and Austen Arnaud again crumbled with three interceptions. Know this: If Paul Rhoads really wants to take the Cyclones to the next level, he’ll need a quarterback. ISU’s lines just can’t hold up.
Coach Quote: "We haven’t stopped the run in two games. We’re 100-something against the run…it’s been porous so far." - Paul Rhoads on his defense
Next Game: vs. Kansas State in Kansas City. ISU blew a shot at overtime last year with a missed extra point. We expect a competitive game that the Cyclones can win if Arnaud plays halfway decent.

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