Week 9 Power Rankings

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1. Texas A&M (7-1) The Aggies Beat the Aggies on Saturday. Next comes a trip to Starkvegas and Mississippi State. Try to forget the last time ya'll went to Mississippi State. 

 

2. Baylor (6-1) The Bears hit their first snag on the road in Austin prompting the Roundup to ask "Is Baylor good?" We'll get an answer to that and more with TCU coming to town. The backloaded schedule is upon us. 

 

3. Houston (7-2) took the first half off last week, you can do that against Central Florida. Kind of. Tom Herman will need to pull out all the motivational strings to get the Coogs through the rest of the year without another slip. 

4. Texas (4-4) Charlie Strong's last ditch effort to save his job is in full effect with a win over Baylor. Now comes that Bermuda Triangle trip to Lubbock, the Morgantown of the West. At least his players aren't giving Tech any bulletin board material...oh wait. 

5. Texas Tech (4-4) Ok, that LOOKED like a competent defense out of Texas Tech  on Saturday. We are confused. You'll see a familiar theme out of all the 4-4 teams, "can they get to six wins" or as former Tech coach Mike Leach used to say, it's a "dash for cash." Can Tech get to six wins and a bowl game? Without a win Saturday the answer seems to be a no for Tech.

6. TCU (4-4) Wheels are off in Fort Worth. They made Tech look like a good defensive team last Saturday. That's a miracle. Some stupid website picked the Frogs to win the Big 12 and compete for a playoff spot. We feel shame. That's the last time we trust Kenny Hill. The Frogs travel to Waco. We're about to find out either how far down the crapper TCU can fall or how much Baylor's fooled us. 

7. SMU (4-4) The 'Stangs are the hottest team in the state right now. So...can they get to six? That's gonna be tough, but if they can avenge last year's 63-0 loss to Memphis by taking out the Tigers this weekend, they'll have three chances to get that last W. 

8. UTSA (4-4) UTSA is confounding, losing to UTEP then beating North Texas but 14 in the span of two weeks. They are a double digit road dog to Middle Tennessee this week. Can they get to six? Magic eight ball says "Probably not."

9. North Texas (4-4) The Seth Littrell Good Time Bus his a pot hole in San Antonio, as one does in San Antonio. Now the Mean Green's dash for cash is in peril. They play 3 of the top 4 teams in CUSA in the next three weeks. 

10. UTEP (2-6) We wanted to believe Sean Kugler, then Old Dominion crushed you guys at homecoming no less. But hey, Houston Baptist comes to town this week and then the rest of the schedule sets up real nice. Can the Miners make a dash for cash? Isn't that exactly what Miners do?

11. Texas State (2-6) Everett Withers used the bye week to see if he has any, what the word, football players in San Marvelous. We'll find out how the search went with the Bobcats traveling to Boone, North Carolina to take on Sun Belt favorite Appalachian State. Oh dear. 

12. Rice (1-7) Let's look at the bright side from last week, a 61-16 loss with 32 players suffering a stomach bug, including one who was vomiting on the sideline, it can't get worse. I mean a plague of locusts can't hit West U, right? Seriously, we're asking.