1. TCU — Last Week: 1 (4-0)
Barring any upsets, the Horned Frogs should smoothly sail to a blemishless record by the time they take on Big 12 foes Oklahoma in November. Temporarily standing in their way: West Virginia. The Mountaineers bested TCU last year 34-10, but have never won consecutive games against the Horned Frogs. The all-time series is currently tied 3-3 with a tie-breaker coming this Saturday.
2. Texas Tech — Last Week: 2 (3-1)
Speaking of head-to-head histories, Texas Tech is now even at 21-21-3 all-time against OSU. Coach Kingsbury has yet to beat the Cowboys in his career as the Red Raiders frontman; Tech dropped to 0-1 against Big 12 opponents this year.
Despite scoring for the 249th straight game, Texas Tech’s 384 yards of total offense marked a season low. The Raiders previously recorded at least 500 yards of total offense in each of their previous three games this season.
3. Houston — Last Week: 5 (3-1)
Coach Major Applewhite made the decision of going with the veteran backup over the transfer quarterback. After Kyle Allen struggled with turnover issues, Kyle Postma filled the starting cleats, passing for 226 yards and a touchdown, including an additional 81 yards on foot in a 20-13 victory over Temple.
The senior previously started for the injured Greg Ward Jr. in a duo of games — the Cougars only loss came in 2015 against Connecticut (20-17) and Postma notched a blowout win against Lamar (42-0) last season. By keeping Allen on the bench, it will give him the drive to gain the starting spot for his final year of eligibility next season.
4. Texas A&M — Last Week: 4 (4-1)
The Aggies will need a lot more than second half heroics to compete with the Crimson Tide this weekend. Since Johnny Manziel somehow bested coach Saban in Tuscaloosa, A&M is on a four game losing streak against Alabama.
The Aggies continued to pull out wins from seemingly nowhere last week. after trailing the Gamecocks 17-7 at the end of the third quarter, Kevin Sumlin’s unit rallied off 17 points for the win.
Renowned as a strong first half starter, coach Sumlin has struggled mightily the last several season in the latter parts of the year. Over the last five seasons, the Aggies are 0-5 in Week 6 matchups.
5. UTSA — Last Week: 3 (3-0)
The Roadrunners have yet to crack the AP 25 in their young history, but one poll has San Antonio listed above UT and two slots below A&M in the power rankings. UTSA (3-0) is at No. 46 in the latest poll by USA Today Sports’ ranking of the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The success of their undefeated record is attributed to their stout defense, allowing a mere 13.7 points per game (10th best in the FBS).
UTSA conference play commences in a home tilt against Southern Miss this Saturday.
6. Texas — Last Week: 7 (2-2)
7. SMU — Last Week: 6 (4-1)
8. North Texas — Last week: 10 (3-2)
9. Baylor — Last Week: 8 (0-5)
10. Rice — Last Week: 9 (1-4)
11. Texas State — Last Week: 11 (1-4)
12. UTEP — Last Week: 12 (0-5)
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