Another disaster of a weekend in the Roundup. Blown leads, blowouts, and blowups. Once again we are faced with figuring out who’s good. We have a great idea of who’s bad.
1. Texas (7-3)
The Longhorns put together a statement drive and a statement win against Tech in Lubbock. Even with Todd Orlando’s defense looking oddly vulnerable, Sam Ehlinger and Lil’Jordan Humphrey took the Horns down to a victory. Up next, a good Iowa State team.
2. Texas A&M (6-4)
We’re not overselling a close win over Ole Miss, but we are saying the Aggie team is better than anything below it. The Aggies could force us to reconsider if they get clipped by UAB at home.
3. Houston (7-3)
What should be a special season has been thrown on its ear by a porous defense. This team had the AAC West on a silver platter, but losses to inferior teams have scraped that crown away. Fear Tulane, the Greenwave already run the ball pretty well, against this Houston defense they might be unstoppable.
4. Texas Tech (5-5)
And once again Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury are staring down the barrel of average. They’ll need a road win at Kansas State and a win over Baylor to assure themselves a winning record in the regular season.
5. SMU (5-5)
The up and coming Ponies went Full Kingsbury on the UConn. Now they play the biggest game in recent memory against Memphis at home with a chance to seize control of the AAC West. Hopefully, they sent Houston a thank you note.
6. Baylor (5-5)
The Bears put up a fight in Ames, literally and figuratively. A win over TCU in the Revivalry gets Baylor to a bowl game and a five-win improvement over last season.
7. North Texas (7-3)
The Mean Green dropped another conference game in the second half, this time to an outmatched Old Dominion. Something is wrong with the formula as a potential program-defining season went off the rails. FAU comes to town Thursday night.
8. TCU (4-6)
That noise you heard was the bottom falling out of TCU’s season in Morgantown. West Virginia outclassed the Frogs in every phase. Time start healing up and planning for a rebirth in 2019.
9. Texas State (3-7)
The injury to Willie Jones derailed the Bobcats against Appalachian State. We doubt they’ll have an answer for Troy on the road. This might be the last days of disco for Everett Withers.
10. UTSA (3-7)
Saturday night might well have been the low point for UTSA’s young football program. FIU outclassed the Runners in front of the smallest Alamodome crowd in school history. This road trip to Marshall could get ugly.
11. UTEP (1-9)
You can’t spot Middle Tennessee that kind of a lead if your UTEP. The offensive surge was nice, but also too little too late. The Miners travel to an awful Western Kentucky. Could win number 2 be on the horizon?
12. Rice (1-9)
A game Rice squad handed Louisiana Tech everything they could handle in Ruston. This week a trip to Baton Rouge is about survival as much as anything else.