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 Four

# School Week 3 Rank
t-1 Texas A&M Aggies t-1
Greg Tepper: There appear to be two things that can slow down A&M: the turf at Kyle Field and a strong running game. Rice may have found a hole in the A&M armor — keeping the ball away from the Aggies by grounding and pounding on an only-OK Aggies run defense. Of course, then you have to slow down the A&M offense, which is easier said than done
t-1 Baylor Bears t-1
EJ Holland: 

There wasn’t much to take away from Baylor’s beat down of Buffalo. It was just yet another huge victory over a creampuff in a non-conference game. Big 12 play starts in a few weeks, and we’re all excited to see what Baylor can do against real competition. Our guess: more of the same — offensive firepower and an improving defense.

3 TCU Horned Frogs 3
Greg Tepper: No one was harder on Trevone Boykin this offseason than I was, and nobody is eating more crow about it than me. The signal-caller has really matured and helped shape an offense that, suddenly, looks like it can hang in the Big 12.
4 UTSA Roadrunners 4
EJ Holland: 

Even though UTSA was blown out by Oklahoma State, it has earned the right to keep its place in the Power Poll. Remember, the Roadrunners were a missed chip shot field goal away from heading to overtime against Arizona and absolutely destroyed Houston in the opener. UTSA can still have a special season. If anything, they stay here because nobody deserves to jump them.

5 Rice Owls t-6
EJ Holland: 

Yes, Rice is 0-2. But its not that Rice is bad, its that the schedule has been rigorous to say the least. You have to have gets to go up to South Bend for the season opener and playing Texas A&M on the road, well, that’s no easy task either. Rice showed flashes of potential in both games and has earned respect. And this is a program coming off a conference championship, for crying out loud.

6 Texas Longhorns t-6
EJ Holland: 

After an embarrassing drubbing at the hands of BYU, Texas responded with admirable performance against a ranked UCLA team at AT&T Stadium. The defense collapsed late but overall played well enough to win, and Tyrone Swoopes looked much improved at quarterback. But the gorilla in the room remains the offensive line, which is still a disaster.

7 Texas Tech Red Raiders 5
Greg Tepper: After getting gashed for 400+ yards on the ground by Arkansas, it's time to face facts that the Tech defense just isn't very good. The offense should be good enough to keep them in games, but it'll be up to an undermanned defense to win them for the Red Raiders.
8 Houston Cougars t-6
Greg Tepper: The loss to BYU was discouraging, but something seemed to click for the Coogs late in the game in Provo. UH has looked disheveled and off-kilter all season; can they find their groove in time for conference season?
9 Texas State Bobcats 9
EJ Holland: Texas State might have picked up its first loss, but the Bobcats played well against a tough Navy team. As Ohio State found out in the opener, you never know what can happen when you face that vaunted triple option attack. Led by quarterback Tyler Jones, the Texas State offense is explosive, and the defense isn’t too shabby either.
10 UTEP Miners 11
EJ Holland: The Miners look like a completely different team this year and now boast a 2-1 record after knocking off rival New Mexico State. How did they do it? Simple. They ran the football and ran it some more to the tune of 344 yards. Sophomore Aaron Jones has been phenomenal toting the rock, and this offensive line is flat out nasty. Sean Kugler has this group rolling.
11 North Texas Mean Green 10
Greg Tepper: Another dreadful offensive showing, and you have to wonder how long Dan McCarney will stick with Josh Greer. Could the Dajon Williams Show be tuning up for its debut? It could provide a spark to the lifeless attack.
12 SMU Mustangs 12
Greg Tepper: The Tom Mason era begins in earnest on Saturday when the Ponies host Texas A&M. And while the Mustangs' chances of victory are slim, it'll be much more interesting to see what kind of fight the team puts up with a new man at the helm.

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