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SB Nation Big 12 Roundtable - Week 2


Another installment of this weekly feature. Rock M Nation hosts the roundtable again, with results complied and posted by Thursday.

1.  A solid 10-2 showing for the Big 12 this weekend. Which of these wins was biggest for the Big 12 and why?

Missouri's win over Illinois. Missouri was supposed to be the rebuilding team, while Illinois was supposed to have this potent offense and be that sleeper Big 10 team.  This game showed that a rebuilding Big 12 team is much better than a Big 10 team looking to make the jump.  With these teams being neighboring states, this game can have recruiting implications.

2.  Conversely, the Mountain West did its damage against Colorado and Oklahoma. What's more disconcerting -- a sleeper in Colorado coming unglued, or a power in Oklahoma getting knocked off.

Neither was all that shocking to me. I thought BYU would lose, but I didn't think they would get rolled, as they are very talented across the board.

With Colorado, they just suck. I honestly do not understand how anyone thought they would be any good this year. You cannot expect to be good, but have a sucky offensive line, bad QB play, and bad coaching. CU is destined to win 5 games and Hawkins will probably get fired.

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3.  Right now, the college football world is rotating around a shoulder that can't rotate itself. What does the Sam Bradford injury mean for the conference right now?

Nothing. Injuries are part of the game. It isn't going to make or break the Big 12, because you have 3 teams in Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma that are all good enough to win it all. Many would argue that OU was not the best team in the Big 12 last year. OU still has a very talented defense and some playmakers. I'd worry more about OU's offensive line, than Sam Bradford.  Bradford missing 2-4 weeks may have no impact at all, and at most will impact 1 or 2 games.

4.  How, if at all, did your perception of your team change after week one, both for better and for worse?

Iowa State is where I thought they would be. Their offense has potential but not everyone is on the same page. The defense, particularly the defensive line is going to have a lot of issues. Before the season started, I thought ISU would have to put up serious points to win Big 12 games. Nothing I saw against NDSU changed what my original thoughts were.

5.  Give us your offensive player of the week, defensive player of the week, and coaching move of the week, including justifications for your selection. You ARE eligible to vote for your own program.

Offensive POW: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Mizzou. 25 of 33 for 319 yards, 3 TDs, and 0 INTs. Also ran for 39 yards and 1 TD.  Lived up to the hype in Week 1, and showed that perhaps Mizzou isn't rebuilding as much as they originally thought (but we will see once Big 10 play rolls around)

Defensive POW: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M. 3 sacks. No individual was too impressive this past weekend, and Miller put up the best stats.

Coaching: I'm not sure if there was a coaching move of the week. I'd have to give it an 10-way tie between all of the Big 12 coaches except for Stoops and Hawkins. The Mountain West has had Stoops number, and Hawkins just isn't a good head coach.

6.  Big 12 Power Poll! Rank the teams from 1-12. (Again, the simple criteria for this is power, i.e. who would beat who on a neutral field?)

  1. Texas
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Kansas
  5. Nebraska
  6. Missouri
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Baylor
  10. Iowa State
  11. Colorado
  12. Kansas State