1. TCU — Last Week: 1 (7-1)
It’s official: every Texas FBS team has a blemish on the loss column. The Horned Frogs were destined for a Big 12 championship berth after their undefeated start. Now, their conference fate is murky.
An Nov. 11 matchup with Oklahoma will decide a lot in the opponent for the inaugural championship game. The Sooners have won two consecutive games and hold a 11-5 edge on the head-to-head series.
2. SMU — Last Week: 3 (6-2)
The Mustangs are quietly having their best season in years and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012. If they continue winning, coach Chad Morris’ group will have the best record since 1984; SMU has only peaked at eight wins twice in that span. Their undefeated mark of 5-0 is the best since 1982.
3. North Texas — Last Week: 7 (5-3)
North Texas has now underperformed in their last two games. After being slaughtered by Florida Atlantic, the Mean Green earned an ugly one against overmatched Old Dominion over the weekend. Despite leading the conference in passing yards, touchdowns and total yardage, quarterback Mason Fine added his eighth interception on the year; he has now thrown at least one in four games.
4. UTSA — Last Week: 5 (5-2)
The Roadrunners avenged their five-overtime loss against UTEP last year, easily dispatching the worst team in the Texas FBS 31-14 and restricting the opposition to 243 yards of total offense.
With one of the best defense San Antonio has ever fielded, coach Frank Wilson will have his hands full during the final four game stretch of the season; the next four C-USA opponents have a combined record of 20-11.
5. Houston — Last Week: 6 (5-3)
The Cougars got a big win against coach Charlie Strong’s new crew, but they paid the price with injuries. Three starters went out with injury, including left tackle Josh Jones, running back Duke Catalon and receiver John Leday.
The defense play gave the team a shot at victory, holding the high-octane USF offense to scoring less than 30 points for the first time since Nov. 7, 2015.
6. Texas A&M — Last Week: 2 (5-3)
7. Texas — Last Week: 8 (4-4)
8. Texas Tech — Last Week: 4 (4-4)
9. Texas State — Last Week: 11 (2-6)
10. Rice — Last Week: 9 (1-7)
11. Baylor — Last Week: 10 (0-8)
12. UTEP — Last Week: 12 (0-8)
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