Each week, the Dave Campbell's Texas Football staff gets together and ranks the 12 FBS teams in Texas. We call this the DCTF Power Poll, a way of seeing which Lone Star State college reigns supreme.
DCTF's 2014 Texas College Power Poll — Week Ten
|#||School||Week 9 Rank|
|1||TCU Horned Frogs||1|
Look, Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham and Trevone Boykin: we get it. You can score. A lot. There's no need to show off like that! What a performance from the Horned Frogs, straight-up embarrassing Texas Tech with an 82-point showing. Now, a chance to really jump into the playoff conversation — and maybe get Boykin some Heisman hype — with a trip to dangerous Morgantown.
|EJ Holland: The Bears used an open week to regroup and should get back on the right track on Saturday against a really bad Kansas team. While a dream undefeated season is no longer a possibility, Baylor can still win at least a share of the Big 12 title. And it all starts with the offense bouncing back from a pedestrian performance in Morgantown two weeks ago. Prediction: Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley will go off.|
|3||Texas A&M Aggies||3|
A much-needed and much-deserved bye week for the Aggies, who have to regroup after getting beat three weeks in a row. The game against Louisiana-Monroe should be a walkover, but how the Aggies look will be more important than the scoreline.
|EJ Holland: For a moment, it looked like Rice’s game against North Texas was going to come down to the wire. Then Ryan Pollard took an interception back 60 yards to the house, and the Owls rolled. Rice’s resiliency is a mark of good coach, and it appears David Bailiff has righted the ship after a rocky start to open up the season. The defense is continuing to improve, especially on the back end, and the offense can turn on the jets when it needs to. Rice is very much in the thick of things in Conference USA.|
|EJ Holland: This Texas team is downright frustrating. When the offense is good, the defense isn’t. When the defense is good, the offense isn’t. Texas just can’t seem to put a complete game together. In Manhattan on Saturday, the Texas defense played well enough to win, holding ranked Kansas State to 23 points. The offense, however, was miserable. Tyrone Swoopes struggled through the air, the offensive line was overpowered and the run game was non-existent. That all led to Texas being shut out for the first time since 2004. The Longhorns are in desperate need of a win at Lubbock this weekend.|
A week off should have the Coogs ready for a very winnable four-game stretch, with games against squads that are a combined 6-23 on the season. The key will be the veteran defense setting up the young offense — now triggered by Greg Ward — for success.
|7||Texas State Bobcats||7|
|EJ Holland: What’s up with the Texas State offense? The unit hasn’t been nearly as good as it was in the first two weeks of the season. But guys like quarterback Tyler Jones and running back Robert Lowe stepped up when it mattered most in a come from behind victory over Louisiana Monroe. That and the defense’s solid performance are positive signs moving forward for a team with a chance to do some damage in the Sun Belt.|
|8||Texas Tech Red Raiders||8|
There's some serious soul-searching to do for the Red Raiders after a 55-point thumping at the hands of TCU. And it's not like it gets much easier, with Oklahoma and Baylor still looming on the schedule. The defense absolutely has to do something, and the offense has to stop shooting itself in the foot. Can they recover in time to perhaps salvage a win against rival Texas?
|EJ Holland: Don’t look now, but UTEP is primed to bounce back from awful 2013 season and reach a bowl game. The Miners absolutely thrashed UTSA on the road in a pivotal Conference USA game. Aaron Jones led a strong rushing attack, and Jameill Showers was efficient through the air. But most importantly, the defense, which had struggled all year, shut out the Roadrunners and limited them to just 70 yards of total offense. If the unit can build off of that performance, C-USA has every reason to fear the Miners.|
|EJ Holland: It’s been all downhill for UTSA. The Roadrunners are in serious jeopardy of missing a bowl after an embarrassing loss at home to UTEP, 34-0. Austin Robinson and the offense looked anemic, compiling just 70 yards of total offense. Yikes! And the defense just looks tired. UTSA’s win over Houston to open up the year seems like ages ago.|
|11||North Texas Mean Green||11|
|Greg Tepper: The Mean Green looked OK for a half against Rice, but the offense lost its footing and the defense simply couldn't hold up. It's becoming painfully clear that UNT has just one weapon it can trust offensively: WR Carlos Harris. The rest of the season may not be pretty for the Mean Green.|
|Greg Tepper: On the plus side, SMU scored its first touchdown at home this season! Problem is, it came in yet another blowout loss. There's just not a whole lot of positives to draw from this lost season.