Big 12 Power Rankings: Terrible Start to the Season for Big 12 Only Gets Worse

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Sep 14, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback

Blake Bell

(10) celebrates throwing a touchdown to wide receiver

Sterling Shepard

(3) during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

3. Oklahoma Sooners

Record: 3-0 (1-0)

Previous Ranking: (Trend: Up)

Last Week: Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20

This Week: Bye

Next Week: at Notre Dame

Blake Bell threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his starting debut for the Sooners, but the real test for whether he is the answer to the quarterback position for Mike Stoops will come next week against Notre Dame.

While Bell statistically had a lot of success through the air, he benefited from Tulsa’s secondary lacking the ability to make a tackle. Facing a significantly better defense in a hostile environment will say way more about Bell than what he did to Tulsa.

Fortunately for Oklahoma, he’s got an extra week to get ready for the challenge.