1. TCU — Last Week: 1 (3-0)
This looks like the team that many experts pegged as a Top 10 force last season. While that call looked foolish with the Horned Frogs limping to a Liberty Bowl and losing, this year’s bunch could make a splash in the postseason. TCU is the only Texas team currently in the AP Top 25 at #16.
The Horned Frogs scored for the 309th consecutive game in an easy ‘W’ against SMU. It’s the nation’s second-longest current streak and fourth all-time in NCAA history.
2. Houston — Last Week: 2 (2-0)
The Cougars were batting around an injured owl the whole evening, toying with its wounded prey before gnawing on the meager defenses of the helpless bird.
In a battle of Houston teams, the Coogs continued to display their dominance, outmatching the Rice Owls 484 to 242 yards. Both UH quarterbacks only threw four incompletions the entire night.
A tough task ahead: Houston takes on Tech this weekend. Could the stellar defense hold against the offensive firepower of the Red Raiders? Who ever wins will likely earn a ranking from the AP.
3. Texas Tech — Last Week: 5 (2-0)
A warning to Kliff Kingsbury fans: keep your champagne bottles on ice, for now. The Red Raiders have started 2-0 in 11 of their last 12 seasons since 2005 – 15 of their 21 seasons as a Big 12 member. In the coach Kingsbury era, only two of those seasons concluded with a winning record.
A win against Arizona State is certainly a step in the right direction. Quarterback NIc Shimonek is the seventh quarterback in program history to throw for 500+ yards in a game. In the duo of matches so far, Shimonek has lobbed nine touchdowns and zero interceptions.
4. UTSA — Last Week: 3 (2-0)
The Roadrunners broke all kinds of records against Southern in a 51-17 blowout victory. Quarterback Dalton Sturm’s accuracy was a heavy factor, etching his name in San Antonio history with a record 86.4% pass completion and 257.9 passing efficiency rating. On the defensive side of the ball, the Jaguars were tamed to just 149 yards – breaking the school record for fewest yards allowed in a game, most of which was accumulated when UTSA benched their starters.
An easy one against Texas State will pave the way for the best Roadrunners record since 2012 – not a bad look for a team coming off their first bowl berth.
5. Texas A&M– Last Week: 6 (2-1)
Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY SportsWill Gunnell flipping off the crowd during halftime has captured the Aggies season perfectly.
It’s no secret that Texas A&M has struggled, which makes their 2-1 record all the more surprising. The Aggies rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit (21-14) to defeat the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 45-21. The Aggies shut out Louisiana in the second half, while scoring the final 31 points of the game.
The rest of their schedule won’t be so forgiving: six of their upcoming opponents have a winning record.
6. Texas — Last Week: 7 (1-2)
7. SMU — Last Week: 4 (2-1)
8. North Texas — Last Week: 8 (1-2)
9. Texas State — Last Week: 11 (1-2)
10. Baylor — Last Week: 9 (0-3)
11. Rice — Last Week: 10 (1-2)
12. UTEP — Last Week: 12 (0-3)
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