1. TCU — Last Week: 1 (7-0)
If you don’t think the Horned Frogs are for real, consider these stats:
- TCU is 7-0 for the fifth time with Gary Patterson as head coach.
- They improved to 19-0 when playing as an AP Top 10 team and 26-2 when taking the field as an AP top-5 squad — the best record nationally since 2000.
- Patterson has only lost four times as a Top-10 program.
Over the last two games, the Horned Frogs haven’t allowed a touchdown. The 21 yards of total offense allowed to Kansas on Saturday was the fewest by an FBS team the last 20 seasons.
2. Texas A&M — Last Week: 2 (5-2)
After four consecutive weeks of nail-biting finishes, the Aggies earned a much needed bye and return with a bout against Mississippi State. A&M is currently notched at No. 4 with LSU on the SEC Power Poll, but could enter into the top three with a win against Auburn in early November.
Coach Sumlin may have found a solid quarterback option in Kellen Mond — a position that has lacked consistency due to talent and health over the past several years — but can the Aggies buck recent history and close the season strong?
3. SMU — Last Week: 7 (5-2)
The Mustangs went viral when they beat Cincinnati with a fourth-and-26 yard conversion in overtime. The high octane offense currently ranks eighth (42 ppg) and is spearheaded by receiver Trey Quinn, who had 17 receptions on Saturday for 186 yards — his third game in a row with at least 15 receptions, an all-time record. Quarterback Ben Hicks has currently put together six-straight game of over 250 yards through the air.
4. Texas Tech — Last Week: 3 (4-3)
In 2013, during coach Kliff Kingsbury’s inaugural year, Tech started 7-0 and landed in the AP Top 10. They finished on a five game losing streak, sacrificing 60 points three times in that span. The Red Raiders are becoming unhinged, succumbing to two losses against defenses that incorporated the 3 Double Cloud to solve Kingbury’s Air Raid offense.
The Red Raiders entered the game as the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the nation, but were held to season lows in points (13), total yards (336) and passing yards (207). The defeat marked the first time Tech hasn’t notched a passing touchdown in 34 consecutive games.
5. UTSA — Last Week: 8 (4-2)
UTSA senior and likely NFL Draft selection Marcus Davenport was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Rice, clobbering the Houston program 20-7. In the victory, the senior registered 11 tackles, two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown. The Roadrunners successfully held Rice to 300 yards of offense; San Antonio has held all opponents to 300 yards or less in all victories this season.
The Stevens HS grad ranks second in the FBS with 2.0 tackles for loss per game and fifth with 1.08 sacks.
6. Houston — Last Week: 4 (4-3)
7. North Texas — Last Week: 5 (4-3)
8. Texas — Last Week: 6 (3-4)
9. Rice — Last Week: 10 (1-6)
10. Baylor — Last Week: 9 (0-7)
11. Texas State — Last Week: 11 (1-6)
12. UTEP — Last Week: 12 (0-7)
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