We’re going to dispense without usual tier ranking system and embrace debate with a real live chronological ranking of all twelve Southwest Conference Roundup institutions. Let’s all put on our big boy pants or heels and swallow the bitter pill.
1. Texas Tech
A historical perch for the Red Raiders under Kliff Kingsbury. After dismantling Houston and Oklahoma State, Tech gets to sit in daddy’s chair for a week. Of course, West Virginia and their fleet of burning couches are coming to Lubbock.
Speaking of historical perches, the top spot used to belong to Texas but a long slow trek to the middle looks like it’s coming to an end. Wins over USC and TCU in back to back weeks gives the Horns a light at the end of the Charlie Strong Memorial Tunnel.
3. North Texas
Oh, are the Mean Green too high for you? No worries, go start your own blog, maybe one that seeks to reunify the WAC or some such. Here, reserve the web address and everything - www.thatsWAC.com. Until then the Mean Green are a force to be reckoned with.
You got out attention by bludgeoning poor, helpless, Texas Southern. Now the Cougars get a week off before starting AAC play. It’s league championship or bust.
5. Texas A&M
Four weeks in and the Aggies are about where we expected them to be, 2-2 and no problem for Alabama. We’re holding steady in our stance and won’t get pulled offsides by the hard count of a promising September.
The Frogs are reeling after two second-half collapses in two weeks. TCU must feel some consolation that the implosions came against Ohio State and at Texas, but either way, Gary Patterson ain’t happy.
The Bruins put that loss to Duke behind them and took part in that most sacred of Big 12 traditions, kicking the hell out of Kansas. The Sooners are waiting in Norman.
The brutality of the first three weeks of the season gave SMU a break with a win over Navy, their first win over the Midshipmen since Clinton Administration. The schedule is more kind with a visit from Houston Baptist this week.
The Owl’s secondary is a gas can just waiting for a quarterback to strike the match that lights them up. Last week it was USM, this week the Owls travel to Wake Forest.
The ‘Runners broke a three-game losing streak with a win over Texas State, the newest UTSA tradition. The Roadrunners look to keep the good times coming with a visit from UTEP.
11. Texas State
The Bobcats get a bye week at the perfect time, so Everett Withers doesn’t have to explain his play calling against UTSA. They also get a week to heal up before Louisiana Lafayette comes calling.
The Miners hold the nations longest active losing streak, a run that almost came to an end against New Mexico State. Dana Dimel and UTEP travel to UTSA with a lot on the line.