Big 12 Power Rankings: Week One

3) West Virginia Mountaineers | 1-0

Image Credit: William Wotring | WVU Football

Last Game: vs. Eastern Kentucky, 56-10 W

West Virginia took care of business as expected against the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky after totaling over 600 yards of offense. In a complete turnaround from last season, the Mountaineers rushed for 329 yards which would be good for a quarter of their production for all of last season. WVU quarterback Jarret Doege had a very nice day as he threw 19/25, 228 yards, and 3 touchdowns. WVU running backs Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield ran for 123 yards each while both scoring two touchdowns of their own. Defensively, West Virginia only forced one turnover, but ultimately, the defense was able to make stops elsewhere, so turnovers weren’t really needed. Though Eastern Kentucky should have been and was an easy win for the Mountaineers, West Virginia looked clean and polished and ready to compete this season with the stronger Big 12 opponents. If West Virginia is able to keep their rush game strong while still maintaining a firm passing attack, the Mountaineers could cause some trouble this season in the Big 12.

Next Game: @ Oklahoma State, 9/26

2) Oklahoma | 1-0

Image Credit: Sue Ogrocki | AP

Last Game: vs. Missouri State, 48-0 W

There isn’t really anything separating the Sooners from the number one spot in this poll other than the quality of previous opponents, so take this number two ranking with a grain of salt. Freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler didn’t skip a beat in his first start for the Sooners. By halftime, Rattler already had 4 touchdowns under his belt along with 290 yards and only 3 incompletions on 17 attempts. Tanner Mordecai took over for Rattler in the second half and had a solid outing of his own, throwing for 157 yards and a touchdown. The Sooners’ rushing attack wasn’t anything to behold, but that could have been expected as Oklahoma lost their top 3 running backs coming into the season. Throughout the game, there was never a moment when Oklahoma wasn’t in control. Of course though, Missouri State isn’t the toughest opponent to gauge true skill seeing as the Bears only had one victory last season. It will be interesting to see how Spencer Rattler and the Sooners perform once Big 12 play begins.

Next Game: vs. Kansas State, 9/26

1) Texas | 1-0

Image Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell | American Statesman

Last Game: vs. UTEP, 59-3 W

Is Texas actually back? It certainly looked like it in week one for the Longhorns as they dominated the Miners of UTEP last night in Austin. As mentioned in the last section about the Sooners though, it is UTEP, so they aren’t a real good test of true skill. Regardless, the Longhorns played outstandingly last night in their 2020 season opener. Sam Ehlinger looked like the Sam Ehlinger the media talks about last night. He looked firm and very confident in every throw he made. Ehlinger finished the night with 426 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 8 incompletions on 33 attempts. Texas WR Joshua Moore looked very dangerous last night after taking in 127 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Longhorns had a very solid team effort when it came to the rushing attack, accounting for 208 total yards on the ground. The Longhorn defense was also outstanding last night, especially in the ground game as they only allowed 43 rushing yards on 33 attempts which comes out to 1.3 yards per rush. Texas opens Big 12 play against a very underwhelming looking Texas Tech team in two weeks, and if they can keep rolling like they did last night, the Red Raiders could be in for a very long game.

Next Game: @ Texas Tech, 9/26

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