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TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State show Big 12's depth with impressive Power 5 wins

  • West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) waves to the crowd after they defeated Maryland 40-37 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett (9) waves to the crowd after they defeated Maryland 40-37 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iowa State players celebrate with the Cy-Hawk trophy after defeating Iowa 20-17 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Iowa State players celebrate with the Cy-Hawk trophy after defeating Iowa 20-17 in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

TCU, West Virginia and Iowa State weren't expected to do much in the Big 12 this season.

Last weekend's performances might change that perception.

The Horned Frogs, Mountaineers and Cyclones each beat a fellow power conference team on Saturday — and West Virginia and Iowa State did it on the road.

The teams picked 7th, 8th and 9th in the preseason poll respectively had three of the Big 12's four wins over power five teams, showing that the league might be deeper than originally thought.