Power Poll: Two points
By TexasFootball.com staff
Finally, in the end, we've landed right where we once began — Baylor and TCU, just like in the opening week of the NCAA season. Wonder of wonders.
The Bears and Horned Frogs, who dazzled America with a high-scoring thriller way back in early September, are now the unquestioned top two teams in our weekly Power Poll after Houston's shocking tumble against Southern Miss. And considering the point margin — three top votes for BU, two for TCU — it would appear that Baylor's 50-48 win was a crucial deciding factor in the final order.
Funny. If only we had known all those weeks ago that those two points between 50 and 48 would end up separating first-place Baylor and second-place TCU in early December.
The rest of the Power Poll remained fairly static, outside of Houston's fall to No. 3. Texas, believe it or not, was the only unanimous choice (No. 4) in the poll this week, but that makes sense — it beat both Tech and A&M, and none of the other teams out there make a convincing case above a 7-5 team. Everything below UT stays the same; largely because the only team to play was UNT, and it's fairly capped by its 5-7 finish. But still, what a heck of a win to end the season.
We'll obviously now put a temporary stay on the Power Poll until after all the bowls have been completed. SMU, which plays in the Compass Bowl against Pitt on January 7th, is the final matchup.
DCTF's 2011 Texas College Power Poll — Week 14
|#||School||Points (1st-place votes)||Previous week|
|1||Baylor Bears (9-3/6-3)||Points: 48 (3)||t-2|
|Adam Hochfelder: RGIII will win the Heisman trophy, in my opinion — and it's greatly deserved. Baylor is the best team in Texas through the regular season. It's playing too well right now, with too good a quarterback, to be stopped by any other Texas team.|
|2||TCU Horned Frogs (10-2/7-0)||Points: 46 (2)||t-2|
|Tom Sullivan: 2011 might be Gary Patterson’s best coaching job yet. The troops looked lost after SMU, but he got them together, won a third-straight conference title and has them pointed in the right direction heading into the Big 12 in 2012.|
|3||Houston Cougars (12-1/8-1)||Points: 41||1|
|Ton Sullivan: Ouch. Southern Miss cost the Cougars millions of dollars and Case Keenum looked ordinary. That was the worst weekend in UH football history.|
|4||Texas Longhorns (7-5/4-5)||Points: 35||4|
|Adam Hochfelder: If Texas had strong QB play, I think they are a nine-win team this year. But they didn’t … and they aren’t. To quote Bill Parcells, you are what you are. This is a seven-win team that could have been pretty darn good, except they lack quality play from the most important player on the field.|
|5||Texas A&M Aggies (6-6/4-5)||Points: 29||5|
|Brad Hilliard: Suddenly without a coach and in between conferences, the Aggies need to look deep down to find the focus needed against Northwestern.|
|6||SMU Mustangs (7-5/5-3)||Points: 25||6|
|Brad Hilliard: The 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl will be a rematch of the 1983 Cotton Bowl — but I guess we’ll see more than 10 total points scored this time around!|
|7||UTEP Miners (5-7/2-6)||Points: 15||7|
|Travis Stewart: So now we know that coach Mike Price will be back for the 2012 season. That should help maintain the recruiting class in place. But that will only take you so far if the Miners can't find some sort of identity in the offseason.|
|8||Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-7/2-7)||Points: 14||8|
|Travis Stewart: Here's what should help Tommy Tuberville sleep at night — there's no way he's going to have a season in Lubbock with more bad breaks than this one. And he still finished 5-7. There's a lot of work to be done in Lubbock, obviously, but I still think there are enough pieces here that this group should improve quickly.|
|9||North Texas Mean Green (5-7/4-4)||Points: 13||9|
|Greg Tepper: 5-7 may not sound like much, but in Denton, it’s a terrific step forward and a terrific beginning to the Dan McCarney era. And lest we forget how great Lance Dunbar – now appropriately the school’s all-time leading rusher – was for his career. He has more career yards from scrimmage than Demarco Murray; that’s how good he was.|
|10||Rice Owls (4-8/3-5)||Points: 9||10|
|Greg Tepper: It’s seeming more and more like coach David Bailiff will get at least one more year to turn around the Rice program, but the problems are many. Step one for right now is holding on to key recruits like DeSoto LB Alex Lyons, Gilmer ATH Luke Turner and Converse Judson WR Dennis Parks.|
ABOUT THE PANEL:
> Travis Stewart is the managing editor of DCTF
> Greg Tepper is the associate editor of DCTF
> Adam Hochfelder is the Executive Director of DCTF and several other IMG College properties
> Brad Hilliard is the operations coordinator for DCTF and several other IMG College properties
> Tom Sullivan is an account executive for DCTF