Week 3 Power Rankings, AKA Heartache in LA

The Eagles wrote a song back when they were the greatest American band in existence called "Heartache Tonight." The Eagles were in the midst of the longest touring run of their careers, and they hated each other. After the tour ended in 1980, they all flipped the bird to each other and took a decade and a half off. That last part is a non-sequitur, and so is this - the Eagles post reunion albums are complete self-righteous crap. 

We only bring it up because Texas had a heartache on Saturday night in the LA Coliseum. USC stole Tom Herman's first, signature win, and handed it to a walk-on kicker. Did that affect this week's power rankings? Damn right. In which direction? Let's find out. 

1. TCU (3-0)

TCU.png

Is this the biggest game of the year for the Horned Frogs? You know until the next one. The Mullet welcomes Patterson to Oklahoma State for a showdown that could propel the Froggies into the top 10. 

2. Texas (1-2)

Texas.png

Wait, Texas is 1-2, why so high? Great question, glad we asked. If USC is as good as everyone seems to think they are, then Texas is really good. Plus the Longhorn's defense appeared to make a turn into a nasty run-stopping group, similar to what Todd Orlando fielded in Houston. 

3. Houston (2-0)

Houston.png

Big week in H-Town as well, as Koach Kliff comes to town. Houston beat the breaks off Rice and perhaps showed that the 3rd Ward defense is just fine under new management. They'll face a bigger test Saturday night. 

4. Texas Tech (2-0)

Tech.png

Tech played six quarters of defense and then took the second half of the ASU game off. Still, they got a win, and the defensive results are encouraging. We also can't remember the last time Tech played defense for six quarters. We're going to have some fun on Saturday night. 

5. Texas A&M (2-1)

A&M Schedule Logo.png

Speaking of playing for one-half, Sumlin's Aggies avoided disaster by coming on strong in the second stanza against Louisiana Lafayette. Now the Aggies travel to Dallas to take on Bert and the Hogs. That's a big step up for the Aggies. A big step up from the Sun Belt. 

6. SMU (2-1)

SMU.png

SMU's defense came unglued against TCU, and the Frogs shut down Courtland Sutton. The 'Stangs need to rebound and regain confidence. Arkansas State comes to town; the Red Wolves are 1-1, the one loss came by seven at Nebraska. 

7. UTSA (2-0)

UTSA.png

Now that the Roadrunners got Southern out of their system, they get the drive 30 miles up I-35 and play their supposed rival in Texas State. Dalton Sturm is the real deal America, get to know him. 

8. Baylor (0-3)

Baylor.png

Baylor is...struggling. 0-3, facing a top-five Oklahoma team. There were encouraging moments in the Duke loss, but it still counts as a loss. Life is hard in Waco. Wins will be scarce in 2017, really scarce. 

 

9. North Texas (1-2)

NT.png

North Texas was close to making a giant leap Saturday against Iowa, until Iowa started doing Iowa type stuff in the second half. The Mean Green open CUSA play with the rebooted UAB program. 

10. Texas State (1-2)

Texas State.png

Texas State very nearly turned the Sun Belt on its ear Saturday night. Now they get the Roadrunners at home. Prep for Twitter snark and commuter school jokes. If this were a real rivalry, these two would sell out Bobcat Stadium.

11. Rice (1-2)

Rice.png

Rice took the first half off against Houston. Who can blame'em, they've been through a lot. The Owls finally gets a home game against a bad FIU team. Get wins while you can Rice. There won't be many. 

12. UTEP (0-3)

UTEP_Miners.png

RIP UTEP. We're going to go ahead and mark the time of death at the 5:34 mark of the second quarter when that Arizona punt returner put the Miners in the tilt-a-world. If you listened closely, you heard the life slowly leave the Miner football program. Then the ESPN broadcast team ate tacos. 

The Roundup...

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.