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Big 12 Poll Reactions, Week 7

Posted on: October 16, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2011 7:00 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches) 

3/1. Oklahoma

Another win and another week where Oklahoma doesn't move in either poll. I've already made my argument about how I feel that LSU and Alabama should be ahead of the Sooners in both polls, but if you actually saw how Oklahoma played against Kansas on Saturday night, then maybe a few more of you agree with me. Oklahoma spent the first half of the game sleepwalking like it expected Kansas just to get out of its way and let the Sooners score all the touchdowns they wanted. Given the way the Kansas defense played most of the year, it's hard to blame Oklahoma for feeling that way. Still, if you're the best team in the country, you come out and play like it every week for a full 60 minutes no matter who the opponent is.

6/6. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys moved up a spot in the Coaches Poll this week, and I'm guessing it's because the Cowboys beat Texas while Boise State destroyed Colorado State. One of those wins is a bit more impressive than the other, don't you think? The only beef I have with Oklahoma State's spot in the coaches' poll is that it's behind Stanford, and I think the Cowboys have a stronger resume than the Cardinal at this point. Of course, Oklahoma State still controls its own destiny, so as long as it keeps winning, it'll get near the top of the poll at the best time to be there: the end of the season.

12/16 Kansas State

Kansas State moves up five spots in the AP poll following its win over Texas Tech, but only two spots in the coaches' poll. I feel like we could change the name of this post to "Tom Hates The Coaches Poll." How a 6-0 team in a BCS conference can find itself behind seven other teams with a loss on its record will forever baffle me. The AP poll doesn't escape from this entirely, either, as there are three teams with a loss ahead of Kansas State in that poll as well. Will Kansas State be a top ten team when the year is finished? There's no way to know for sure, but I do know that there are only ten FBS schools with an unbeaten record left and Kansas State is one of them right now.

17/18 Texas A&M

If Texas A&M's offense plays like it did against Baylor for the rest of the season then the Aggies are going to crush a lot of dreams in the Big 12 before this season is over. That being said, as impressive as the Aggies looked, a two-loss team probably shouldn't be this high right now. Though I won't offer that much of an argument against it since the two teams A&M lost to are 6-0 Oklahoma State and 5-1 Arkansas. So I may feel that the Aggies are a bit too high, but I also can understand the argument for it.

Others Receiving Votes

Baylor (19 AP votes/9 Coaches votes), Texas (12 AP votes/26 Coaches votes)
Comments

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Big 12 Poll Reactions, Week 7

Tom Fornelli  wrote:   "...Still, if you're the best team in the country, you come out and play like it every week for a full 60 minutes no matter who the opponent is..."


I wonder if Mr. Fornelli might show a little consistancy?   

I agree that Oklahoma didn't play very well during the 1st half of their game with Kansas, but the Sooners were definitely not the only top team that looked sluggish in the first two quarters of their game.     Mississippi is a weak team just like Kansas and yet the Rebels were tied with Bama after the 1st quarter and only 7 points behind the Tide at halftime.     Oklahoma had a 10 point lead at halftime just like LSU had over Tennessee at the halftime of their game.    But Fornelli apparently doesn't think the halftime 7 point lead by Alabama or the 10 point halftime lead by LSU indicate those two favorites of his indicative of 'sleepwalking'.



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