Big 12 football power poll: Newcomer West Virginia on top after Week 1

The Mountaineers compiled some gaudy offensive stats, but their defense remains a concern. Rounding out the Top 3 are Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 3, 2012
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photo - West Virginia quaterback Geno Smith (12) calls a play from the sidelines during their NCAA college football against Marshall in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. West Virginia won 69-34. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)
West Virginia quaterback Geno Smith (12) calls a play from the sidelines during their NCAA college football against Marshall in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. West Virginia won 69-34. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)

1. West Virginia: The Mountaineers compiled gaudy offensive stats, but their defense remains a concern.

2. Oklahoma St.: The Cowboys' opener, if nothing else, showed that the roster is deeper than in previous years.

3. Oklahoma: Florida A&M is an opportunity for the Sooners to work on several areas before opening league play against K-State.

4. Texas: In the opener, UT looked a lot like last year's team. QB David Ash and the Longhorns still have much to prove.

5. TCU: Renovated Amon Carter Stadium, 21 months in the works, debuts Saturday against outmanned Grambling.

6. Kansas State: Wildcats won behind a goal-line stand last year in Miami. The rematch in Manhattan is the Game of the Week.

7. Baylor: Bears are off to a good start in the post-Robert Griffin III era. QB Nick Florence has some experience.

8. Iowa State: Paul Rhoads' Cyclones put up some solid offensive stats in a noteworthy win against Tulsa.

9. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders, who have 15 returning starters, played well in the opener against Northwestern State, but real tests are weeks away.

10. Kansas: The Jayhawks had two 120-yard rushers in a win over South Dakota State in coach Charlie Weis' debut in Lawrence.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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