FBS College Football Power Rankings – Week 11

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Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com
Kyle Spishock @kyleelconqueror
November 15, 2016

 

Clearlogo4820503_lg_11. Houston – Last Week: 2 (8-2)
No Texas team has any relevance in the CFP; the most any Lone Star program can hope for is a prestigious Bowl invite. As they were at the beginning of the season, the Cougars appear poised to finish the year with the highest Texas FBS seeding pending a strong showing against Louisville this weekend. Rumor is, coach Tom Herman is pegged as next year’s UT Longhorns head coach – a position that was apparently the kissing HC’s dream job. Some could argue that the rumors are why the Cougars morale has plummeted since losing two of the last four.

Think this is sad? Read about our editor’s depression at #5

 

Beating Tulane wasn’t anything astounding, but unlike most schools on this list, the roster is relatively healthy; the Cardinals CFP chances are entirely dependent on overcoming the Coogs Saturday. This could be coach Herman’s impressive last stand.

A 9-6 win is a far cry from the explosive Houston offense.

 

2. Texas A&M – Last Week: 1 (7-3)
Just when we thought Kevin Sumlin has overcome his second-half season woes, the Aggies dropped two straight and nosedived down the AP Poll rankings. Losing surprisingly efficient quarterback Trevor Knight to injury didn’t help A&M’s plight. The absence has exposed a lack of recruiting for their flimsy offensive line, and Jake Hubenak isn’t as athletic on the ground. The positive is an impressive recruiting class of 23 hard commits next season, and four the year after that, highlighted by the recent pick up of 4-star Cypress OT Colten Blanton.

Like all college students, maybe Sumlin just can’t wait for winter break.

 

3. TCU – Last Week: 4 (5-4)
Horned Frogs’ opponent Baylor was selling shirts supporting Art Briles before their matchup Saturday, emblazoned with the hashtag #CAB. The idiocy of it all was exposed when TCU bashed the Bears helmets into the artificial turf 62-22.

This makes Branch Davidians cult look tame in comparison.

 

Now that TCU’s offense is firing on all cylinders, they look like the team everyone assumed they were in preseason polls. The only opponent standing in their way is a tough test against an OSU team better than expected; the Cowboys are currently averaging over 41 points per game.

Vegas oddsmakers had this pass as -250 odds for an interception.

 

4. UT – Last Week: 3 (5-5)
Apparently Strong’s house has been listed in Austin. Despite impressive showings against quality opponents, the Longhorns are still lackluster at best, and have lost two of their last four – putting Strong at 16-19 career with UT. The bright spot continues to be D’Onta Foreman, who equaled Earl Campbell’s mark of 11 straight games with over 100 yards.

Only thing that can stop Lamar Jackson from winning the Heisman now is Tonya Harding.

 

It’s not that UT is terrible: they’re just at the middle of the Big-12 pack- an accomplishment for some, but a failure for a program ranked number one in revenue with $121.4 million.

UT likely paid for this product placement.

 

Would we even pay attention to the burnt orange this season if their stock wasn’t so high? Or if their merchandise wasn’t brainwashing us from college student clothing or decals placed inconspicuously on the back of cars? Probably not.

However, the Longhorns do have a ton of heart, and credit to Strong’s defensive calls since demoting former coordinator Vance Bedford earlier this season. If anything, he could make his case for dc next year.

Twinsies.

 

5. Texas Tech – Last Week: 6 (4-6)
I pity TexasHSFootball.com editor and Red Raiders superfan Hunter Cooke. Each week, he’s subjected to the torture of the Tech program- fantastic offense that teases a small taste of victory, followed abruptly by defense carelessly throwing the game away – keys fumbled through the fingers of a apparently responsible designated driver after sneaking one too many shots while his friends were congregated in the restroom.

Too sad…

 

Our faithful Tech lover even wrote a sad article about how his college will likely miss a bowl game because of their disjointed levels of talent on opposite sides of the field – a ying yang where only one half appears to be winning.

… but even sadder…

 

You can read the depression here. Try not to feel his pain through words typed with slick fingers from wiping away the tears of loss.
Defensive coordinator David Gibbs (no relation to Barry) seems pretty lost too, sacrificing too many total points in his two seasons with Tech to publish on this page.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to impress with 4230 total yards this season – a few hundred shy of his 4653 total yards best last year.

…and the saddest of all. RIP Red Raiders. Get some sleep Hunter.

 

6. Baylor – Last Week: 5 (6-3)

7. SMU – Last Week: 8 (5-5)

8. UTSA – Last Week: 7 (5-5)

9. UNT – Last Week: 9 (4-6)

10. UTEP – Last Week: 10 (3-7)

11. Texas State – Last Week: 11 (2-7)

12. Rice – Last Week: 12 (2-8)

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