College Power Poll

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 Fourteen 

# School Week 13 Rank
t-1 TCU Horned Frogs t-1

Greg Tepper: The Horned Frogs took the week off to prepare for one of the most important games in TCU history: a showdown with Texas on Thanksgiving night. A win, and the Frogs are right in the middle of the national title hunt. A loss, and the air comes out of what's become a remarkably big (and unexpected) balloon.

t-1 Baylor Bears t-1

EJ Holland: While it wasn’t always pretty, Baylor did what it needed to do — take down Oklahoma State by three touchdowns. At this point in the season, Baylor needs to not only win but also win big if it wants to have any shot of making the College Football Playoff. The Bears should put their foot on the gas pedal this week against Texas Tech and never take it off, especially with Kansas State still looming.

3 Texas A&M Aggies 3

Greg Tepper: The Aggies' roller-coaster of a season pulls into the final station on Thanksgiving evening when A&M hosts LSU. The Tigers have had the Aggies' number since joining A&M joined the SEC, but this game largely depends on which A&M team shows up. The one that played against Auburn will beat LSU; the one that played against Missouri won't.

4 Texas Longhorns 4

EJ Holland: The Longhorns are in the midst of a three-game winning streak and are well rested after a bye week. And guess what? Texas, somehow, someway, is going bowling. An upset win over TCU on Thanksgiving would be the icing on the cake and give Charlie Strong some major bonus points this offseason. What Texas has accomplished this year with a makeshift offense line and young quarterback is nothing short of amazing.

5 Rice Owls 5

EJ Holland: After an ugly loss to Marshall a week ago, the Owls bounced back with a huge win over UTEP on national television, proving that they are still the best non-Power 5 team in the state. Rice now has an opportunity to take down Louisiana Tech in the season finale and win the Conference USA Western Division. Kudos to the Owls, who started the year 0-3.

6 Houston Cougars 6

Greg Tepper: The Coogs are now bowl-eligible for a second straight season under coach Tony Levine, and while UH hasn't turned into the AAC title contender we thought they would be, they've certainly improved from their dreadful start. QB Greg Ward Jr. continues to grow, and the running game finally broke out behind RB Kenneth Farrow. With a Friday date with SMU on the horizon, seven wins at the minimum looks like a lock.

7 UTEP Miners 7

EJ Holland: The Miners became bowl eligible last week and felt like they were on top of the world. Unfortunately for UTEP, it came crashing down this week in an ugly loss to Rice. Still, UTEP is a good, hard-nosed football team that can finish the year 7-5 with a win over Middle Tennessee this week, a minor miracle considering the Miners were the worst team in the state in 2013.

8 Texas State Bobcats 8

EJ Holland: It’s time to party in San Marcos because the Bobcats are going bowling. Texas State made a big statement this weekend with a dominant 45-27 victory over Arkansas State. Led by Robert Lowe’s 236 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, Texas State notched that magical sixth victory. Congrats, Bobcats.

9 Texas Tech Red Raiders 9

Greg Tepper: Well how about that! Texas Tech scored its first November victory under Kliff Kingsbury, and they did it with an offensive explosion courtesy of QB Pat Mahomes and RB DeAndre Washington. It's been a tough year for Tech — and it's likely to end with a loss to Baylor — but the Red Raiders clearly have some building blocks for the future.

10 UTSA Roadrunners 10

EJ Holland: Oh, UTSA. Just when it looked like the Roadrunners were ready to get back on the right track, they get blow out at Western Kentucky. The offense mustered just seven points and continues to be a major issue for this team. The unit ranks in the 100s in passing yards, rushing yards and points per game. That’s not a recipe for success.

11 North Texas Mean Green 11

Greg Tepper: It's easy to imagine the North Texas defense turning to the UNT offense and saying, "Well, if you're not going to help, we'll just win this ourselves!" The Mean Green D flexed its muscles against lowly Florida International, holding them to just 147 yards and forcing three turnovers. The offense is still a mess, but for now, UNT's not in a position to start nitpicking wins.

12 SMU Mustangs 12

Greg Tepper: After consecutive promising games for the Ponies, a complete faceplant against Central Florida. The offense stunk (116 total yards, five turnovers). The defense stunk (allowing 247 yards of offense in the first quarter alone). The team just plain stunk. Sadly, it's time to start measuring the 2014 SMU Mustangs against the worst FBS teams in Texas history, and see where they rank.

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