Another up and mostly down weekend for the Roundup membership. Barring complete chaos, there won't be a Texas team in the playoff once again. Well, we had plans for New Year's Eve anyway.
How the West was Won
North Texas is the Conference USA Western Division champs. Quite the turnaround for the Mean Green from a 1-11 finish just two seasons ago. Seth Littrell has made Portland State's blowout win in Denton a distant memory. North Texas knocked off UTEP 45-10 in front of the 3rd largest crowd in Apogee history. Jeffery Wilson overcame an early fumble and rushed for 144 yards in the win. UTEP's offensive woes continued as the Miners dropped to 0-10.
Oklahoma jumped out early on TCU, scoring 38 first-half points and took the starch out of the Frogs in a 38-20 win. Baker Mayfield continues his collision course with the Heisman as the Sooners dismantled TCU's top-rated defense, putting up 533 yards.
Almost in Annapolis
SMU offered up a valiant effort in 43-40 last-second defeat by the Midshipmen. Courtland Sutton caught two touchdowns and 176 yards worth of passes and Xavier Jones registered his second 100 yard rushing day in the loss. Navy went up 34-11 by the half and SMU worked to pull even in late in the fourth when Navy kicked a field goal as time expired dropped the Mustangs to 6-4.
Shootout in Arlington
Texas Tech scored on the opening kick-off and never looked back in a 38-24 win over Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Baylor's freshman starting quarterback Charlie Brewer threw for over 400 yards and three scores in the loss. Baylor's four turnovers doomed any shot the Bears had at making a comeback.
Tom Herman succeeded where Charlie Strong failed by beating hapless Kansas on Saturday night in Austin. Texas' defense once again led the charge, causing four turnovers and scoring on an interception return. Texas' rushing game continues its struggles, averaging just 2.8 yards on forty carries.
Texas State came within a hair's breadth of beating Georgia State in San Marcos in a 33-30 loss. Damian Williams had his second straight 300-yard passing game, adding three touchdowns as well. Elijah King caught one of those touchdowns and added 106 reception yards to boot.
Rice gave Southern Miss all they could handle on Saturday, but the Owl's defense couldn't slow down the Golden Eagles in a 43-34 loss. Miklo Smalls, Rice's true freshman quarterback, continues to show flashes of what might make him a game changer for the Owls. The Owl defense is sorely lacking game changers.
UTSA disastrous last month continues with the Roadrunners fourth loss in six outings, all in conference, with a 24-19 loss to UAB. The UTSA offense continues to struggle in spite of Dalton Sturm's efforts. The Roadrunners are still searching for that elusive sixth win and a second straight bowl bid.
Mountain West'n It
The Aggies took a break from the bullies in the SEC and beat New Mexico 55-14 at Kyle Field. Nick Starkel threw for 416 yards in his first start since the UCLA opener. Christian Kirk continues to cement his status as one of the greatest kick returners in NCAA history with his 90 yard punt return for a touchdown, the seventh of his carer.