EMAWOnline - Ranking the Big 12 Employees

EMAWOnline – Ranking the Big 12 Employees

1. Oklahoma-OE: 1↔️

Bricklayer: 1 | Alex: 1 | Gabo: 1

Alec: Boomer Sooner arrived in Lincoln, Neb., and walked away with a 49-14 win over the Cornhuskers in Brent Venables’ first big game as Oklahoma head coach. Oklahoma’s offense is reminiscent of some of Lincoln Riley’s offenses at Norman and the defense is disciplined. The Sooners could be set for a college football playoff if things keep going.

T2. Texas-OL: 3⬆️

Bricklayer: 2 | Alex: 2 | Gabo: 4

Gabe: Man, that Bijan Robinson guy is good. The Texas running back had 183 yards and three rushing touchdowns as the Longhorns avoided any trouble in a 41-20 victory over UTSA. Now, we’ll see how they fare in needing to string together consistent performances in the league.

T2. Oklahoma State – LW: 2↔️

Bricklayer: 3 | Alex: 3 | Gabo: 2

Mason: The Cowboys’ offense has looked impressive this season, but there’s not much to gain from their first three wins of the season. The defense nearly collapsed against Central Michigan in Game 1, and then they were able to hold off Arizona State, which just fired Herm Edwards, and the bombing of Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend doesn’t change my mind too much yet. The Cowboys are a prime candidate to slide down the standings if the defense is exposed in the Big 12 game.

4. Baylor – LW: 5⬆️

Bricklayer: 4 | Alex: 4 | Gabo: 3

Gabe: Baylor gets my third place basically out of de facto respect for last year, but I don’t feel good about it. After a loss to BYU, which subsequently went to Oregon and was demolished, Baylor won handily against Texas State. Still, Blake Shapen’s 15-of-26 for 184 yards, a touchdown and an interception didn’t do much to quell concerns about the Bears’ passing game.

5. K-State – LW: 4⬇️

Bricklayer: 5 | Alex: 7 | Gabo: 5

Mason: Kansas State is in a very strange situation three games into the season. The defense is performing above expectations and the offense appears to have regressed, most of which is attributed to Adrian Martinez and the passing game. There’s no reason to overreact to the Wildcats, but a reaction of some sort is warranted. I still think the Wildcats are capable of being the top half of the team in the league, but they’re running out of opportunities to prove themselves. Saturday night at Norman should be a spirited performance, and they’ll be in a major battle with Texas Tech when they return home to start in October.

T6. Iowa State – LW: 6↔️

Bricklayer: 6 | Alex: 6 | Gabo: 7

Gabe: Realistically, I could see a world where Iowa State beats Baylor this weekend and we move them around significantly. I’ve been impressed by the Cyclones despite the rotation at key positions, I just don’t think their wins have been anything special, especially the more we see of Iowa.

T6. Kansas – USA: 9⬆️

Bricklayer: 8 | Alex: 5 | Gabo: 6

Mason: Similar to Oklahoma State, what do the wins on the schedule really mean for Kansas in relation to college football? They mean a lot to Kansas and the direction of the program, the offense has been impressive and they don’t appear to be the worst team in the league, but everyone should relax with the Jayhawk hype until they face someone other than West Virginia in the Big 12. However, Lance Leipold and Jalon Daniels appear to be the real deal. The Jayhawks are 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

8. Texas Tech – LW: 7⬇️

Bricklayer: 7 | Alex: 9 | Gabo: 8

Alec: I don’t think Texas Tech is bad, but the depth of the Big 12 requires putting the Ted Raiders near the bottom after a 27-14 loss to a quality NC State team. The Red Raiders have a chance to get it right quickly with Texas coming to town this week, though the Longhorns are the 6.0 top seed.

9. TCU – LW: 8⬇️

Bricklayer: 9 | Alex: 8 | Gabo: 9

Gabe: TCU didn’t do anything this week, but the Horned Frogs have a win over an FBS team and West Virginia doesn’t.

10. West Virginia – LW: 10↔️

Bricklayer: 10 | Alex: 10 | Gabo: 10

Alec: Neal Brown’s team was able to beat Towson 65-7, but beating lowly Towson won’t move you up in my power rankings. The Mountaineers have the opportunity to travel to Virginia Tech on Thursday night for a date with the Hokies. This is a winnable game for West Virginia, and it could be a must-win for multiple reasons.

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