Power Poll -- Week Five
Power Poll -- Week Five
2012-10-02 08:00:00

By the TexasFootball.com Staff

It was judgment week for a lot of teams. Important conference games abound, and critical non-conference games filled the schedule. In all, FBS teams from Texas combined to go 7-5 -- with two of the losses coming against one another.

So, what does it all mean for our Power Poll, ranking the 12 FBS teams in Texas? Let's take a look.

DCTF's 2012 Texas College Power Poll — Week Five

# School Last Week Rank
1 Texas Longhorns 1
Brad Hilliard: I like what I’ve seen so far, but obviously these next two weeks will go a long way in telling the story of the 2012 Longhorns.
2 Texas A&M Aggies 3
Jake Shaw: Johnny Manziel might single-handedly force the SEC to upgrade its offenses.
3 Texas Tech Red Raiders t-4
Adam Hochfelder: Winning in Ames is underrated. Tech is quietly 4-0 and playing great defense. If they can beat the vulnerable Sooners at home, they might be on their way to something special.
4 TCU Horned Frogs 2
Rick Epstein: SMU has been destroyed by teams week after week.  This was a rather unimpressive win for the Frogs.  
5 Baylor Bears t-4
Rick Epstein: The Bears' basketball team hopes it can score as much as the football team this year.
6 North Texas Mean Green 7
Greg Tepper: As the guy who was driving the "North Texas will be way better in 2012"-mobile before the season, it's a little discouraging to see the running game get knocked off its blocks so easily. Luckily, QB Derek Thompson continues to become a legitimate FBS signal-caller before our eyes.
7 UTEP Miners 6
Brad Hilliard: After a 1-4 start against a brutal schedule, I look for the Miners to move back toward .500 in the coming weeks.
8 UTSA Roadrunners 10
Adam Hochfelder: Another win for Larry Coker and his Roadrunners, this time in a WAC conference game.  We're running out of milestones for this squad to achieve.
9 Houston Cougars 12
Brad Hilliard: The Coogs got up off the mat to break into the win column and snag the Bayou Bucket.  Will this forward momentum last?
10 SMU Mustangs 9
Greg Tepper: On the plus side, Pony fans, this game wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would've been. But the SMU program has moved beyond moral victories.
11 Texas State Bobcats 11
Greg Tepper: Nevada's going to turn some heads this year, so there's no shame in losing to the talented Wolfpack. But coach Dennis Franchione has to be concerned about his team's recent second half woes.
12 Rice Owls 8
Jake Shaw: Nothing soothes a losing streak better than a road game at a moribund Memphis program.

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
> Rick Epstein is an account executive for DCTF several other IMG College properties
> Jake Shaw is a contributor to TexasFootball.com


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