As some teams prep to start league play this week, let’s have a look at the Big 12 power rankings.
Big 12 Power Rankings before the start of Week 4
Last week: Beat UCLA 48-14
This week: Bye
The four-time reigning Big 12 champions still look like the team to beat so far thanks to dynamic play from quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The Sooners have gained more yards, more first downs, scored more touchdowns and are averaging more yards per play than they were at this point in the last two seasons under Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.
Hurts has 880 passing yards, 390 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns. He is averaging 14.4 yards per attempt, better than Murray (11.8) or Mayfield (12.7) had in their Heisman years.
The defense is still a work in progress to this point, but the Sooners look to be more aggressive and fundamentally sound than they have been in past seasons.
If there is one drawback, it’s that this team hasn’t really been tested as of yet. Oklahoma’s opponents (Houston, South Dakota and UCLA) are a combined 2-6 to start the season. It will be interesting to see if the Sooners can continue their historic numbers on offense and improvement on defense once the schedule gets a little tougher in the future.