Your Inaugural Southwest Conference 2018 Power Ranking

You're probably saying to yourself, geez, it's too early to put out a ranking and you are in fact right but if we don't people will assume we're hacks, perhaps more so, so here we go. We rank'em one to twelve and yes, your school should be higher on the list. Way higher. 

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1. TCU

The Frogs beat Southern on Saturday in Fort Worth. Not a great achievement. They'll get SMU Friday in Dallas. Again, not a huge hill to climb, but from there its Ohio State and Texas in back-to-back weeks. 


2. Texas A&M

Again, a blowout win over an FCS team didn't tell us much, but Clemson and Alabama are coming up, and Jimbo's new toy in College Station will get a gigantic test. 


3. Houston

If you can overlook the first half, Houston looked like a dangerous ball club against Rice. The Coogs can score on a whim and Ed Oliver and Isaiah Chambers are already locked in.

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4. Texas

The disaster is in Austin is now officially on the table. For all Tom Herman's assurances to the contrary, Texas revealed many of the same issues that made them a seven-win team in 2017. 


5. Baylor

The Bears cruised past Abilene Christian on Saturday night. The Baptists are praying for Charlie Brewer's back this week or hoping Jalen McClendon isn't a one-hit wonder. Baylor travels down 35 to the Alamodome and UTSA hoping to avenge last year's loss to the Roadrunners. 



6. North Texas

Well, that was quite the debut. Mason Fine looked like a quarterback in total control of his chi, his receivers made plays all over the field, and most important the defense shut down the Mustangs. The college football universe took notice. The Mean Green can't look too far ahead to Arkansas in two weeks. 

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7. Texas Tech

Tech was glad to see Tech in their rearview mirror. Ole Miss did basically what they wanted to against a supposedly improved Tech defense. The Red Raiders now play Southland foe Lamar in Lubbock before Houston comes calling. 


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Oh boy, Herm Edwards looked like Nick Saban against the Roadrunners on Saturday night. It's just one game, but the offensive line issues don't look like they're going away anytime soon, and with two more P5s on the schedule, things might not get better. 

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9. SMU

Who knows if this is too high or too low, but either way the Mustangs layed a turd Saturday night. Sonny's tenure in SMU is marked with two blowouts and a possible third on the way with TCU. The Mustangs can't be as bad as the inept team that turtled in Denton last weekend. Right?

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10. Rice

For 3/4 of the Bayou Bucket, you could see the vision of Mike Bloomgren - physical offense, aggressive and opportunistic defense. Then the heat and the depth and the speed exposed Rice. A trip to 2-0 Hawaii offers little relief. 


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11. Texas State

Fifteen penalties will ruin anyone's trip to New Jersey. The bad quarterback play didn't help. If the Bobcats want to hang their hat on anything, it's that their defense played well enough without any help. Texas Southern comes to San Marvelous, and maybe the 'Cats can work out some of the kinks. 

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12. UTEP

The road is long and full of peril for the Miners. Dana Dimel's squad lost by 20 to an FCS opponent in a game that wasn't even that close. It's going to be a long 2018, and that road gets longer with a trip to improving UNLV and SEC East opponent Tennessee. 

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