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Big 12 Football is back! And in such a crazy fashion, at that. We had Texas and Notre Dame trading punches in a double overtime shootout, Kansas won a game (by a lot!), Houston beat some no-name team, and Baylor rolled over noted powerhouse Northwestern State. Let’s rank ‘em!

11. Iowa State Cyclones

Y’all really have to stop scheduling good FCS school, Cyclones. This team will probably be better than Kansas in the long run, but, for now, they’re dead last.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Kans won a game! It was against an FCS Rhode Island team that won exactly one game last year, but they won and rushed the field! Fun story: My friend graduated from URI and she said that no one went to the games because they weren’t even enjoyable enough to go to as a social event.

9. Kansas State Wildcats

I’m not one to bet against The Wizard of Manhattan, and they did look good at times against the Pac-12 favorites. I’m just not confident that the Wildcats have enough offensive power to keep up with the rest of the Big 12.

8. West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia looked good against a weak(er) Missouri side. Holgo has his defense looking solid. Like K-State, I worry if they’ll have the offense to keep up in the Big 12, though Mizzou does have one of the better defenses in college football, which could be why the Mountaineers only scored 26.

7. Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners are probably better than this ranking. They also lost and it was fun. They do have some serious questions on defense that they need to tighten up before they face even better offenses than Houston.

6. TCU Horned Frogs

TCU is very likely much better than being tied with an FCS team and only beating them by 18 by the end of the game, but this is a Baylor blog and there’s no reason to be objective after only one game, so here sits TCU.

4-5. Texas Tech Red Raiders / Oklahoma State Cowboys

Unfortunately, I could not watch either of these games. Both teams played teams they should have beat handily and they did exactly that.

3. Baylor Bears

The Bears did not miss a beat on offense, putting the game out of hand before half time. The first team defense completely dominated Northwestern State. Heck, even special teams (despite a few miscues on kickoffs...) looked really good. Depth is obviously an issue, but Baylor will be a forced to reckon with.

2. Texas Longhorns

I don’t want to put them here. But they have the most impressive win. And their new QB might actually be good? It remains to be seen if the Longhorns’ stolen new offense can be run at tempo for a full four quarters against a team that is used to doing so (that is to say, Tech or Baylor). The defense was a tad inconsistent, but they did their job when they needed to.

1. Houston Cougars

All hail our new feline overlords!

Top Four Rankings

In this era of the College Football Playoffs, everyone and their mother has to put out a ranking of the teams they think will be in the top four at the end of the year. That is, frankly, ridiculous to do after one game, so instead I will be ranking the top four Tex-Mex foods. We only tackle the important issues at Our Daily Bears.

4. Mole

Extremely varied in execution, this sauce is like triple option football. Most people don’t think of it, yet it can blow your mind when done correctly. A dark horse contender that can play with the best of them.

3. Enchiladas

One of the best ways to test the quality of a (Tex-) Mexican restaurant is to try their enchiladas. While enchiladas are versatile like tacos, they often suffer from an over abundance of sauce. Points are docked for these poor imitations.

2. Queso

No party is complete without queso. Nay, no life is complete without queso. Queso is there for you when you are feeling down. It will never give you up. It there for you when you are celebrating an Ice Bowl victory. It will never let you down.

1. Tacos

There is one thing better than queso and that thing is tacos. Tacos are the pinnacle of food. It can be delicious in a multitude of ways. Much like Baylor can beat you with the run or the pass, tacos can be carnivorous, they can be vegetarian, or they can feature a mixture of both. One might even go so far as to put queso on ones taco.