1. Texas 3-1
Texas comes off a bye and heads to West Vir-Bleeping-Ginia on Saturday. The secondary is banged up, but the Horns have enough to get past the Mountaineers and into Oklahoma week, where worlds collide and kings are crowned.
2. Baylor 4-0
I’m going on record, I believe in Baylor. I believe in Matt Rhule, Charlie Brewer, Clay Johnston, Phil Snow, and Denzel Mimms. The Bears pushed themselves into that odd, just outside the top 2 of the Big 12 conversation by beating Iowa State. A real bear trap in Manhattan awaits this weekend.
3. SMU 5-0
The Mustangs are hitting their stride after a dismantling of South Florida. In years past, that’s a game the Ponies trip over themselves in, but this team is different, and I think they might win the whole damn AAC. Xavier Jones and the running game are the critical components to the success, but Shane Buechele is unflappable as well.
4. TCU 3-1
We don’t typically promote based on beating Kansas, but TCU might be crawling out of their no-quarterback induced stupor. Montae Reagor and Darius Anderson give the Frogs enough juice to score, and the defense is rounding into form.
5. Texas A&M 3-2
A&M wins, and we drop them two spots. Why? Because I don’t have faith in Kellen Mond and this Aggie offense to compete in the SEC. Mond struggled against Arkansas, the bonafide cellar dweller of the SEC West. After a two-quarter stinker against Auburn, we have a trend, not an outlier.
6. Texas Tech 2-2
Tech’s age-old problems are back; the defense can’t tackle and allows too many big plays. Add to that Alan Bowman’s shoulder issue that will keep him out until perhaps November, and this team can’t score. Jett Duffey.
7. Houston 2-3
We’re going to read too much into the North Texas win and move the Coogs up, but the way they manhandled the Mean Green we feel okay with the promotion. The hopes of Cougar nation are now squarely on Clayton Tune.
8. North Texas 2-3
North Texas is a mystery, the Mean Green laid an egg in a big-stage home game against Houston. We’ll see how this up and down season starts to pan out as conference play kicks off, but this offense appears flawed.
9. Rice 0-5
I’m reasonably confident in saying this team is much better than their record after another near-miss loss against CUSA West contender Louisiana Tech. The road gets tougher with a trip to UAB, but this is a different Rice team.
10. Texas State 2-3
The ‘Cats won their second in a row, a rather decisive victory over a good FCS team in Nicholls State. Don’t look, but Gresch Jensen might be serviceable at quarterback, and this defense is as legit as always.
11. UTSA 1-3
Roadrunner fan’s worst nightmares were realized with the announcement that Frank Harris’ shoulder injury will keep him out for an extended period. For now it’s Lowell Narcisse’s job to run the UTSA offense.
12. UTEP 1-3
Speaking of quarterback moves, Kai Locksley is back at the top of the depth chart, and honestly, for as sporadic as he is, he gives the Miners a big-play threat. This Saturday’s game with UTSA is probably to determine permanent cellar residence.