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 Two

# School Week 1 Rank
1 Baylor Bears 1
EJ Holland: The offense wasn’t as explosive as we expected, but the defense, especially up front, was lights out. SMU’s quarterbacks had no time make proper reads, and the Mustangs were limited to a mere 67 yards of total offense. Baylor keeps the top spot for now, but injuries to Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley are concerning.
2 Texas A&M Aggies 2
Greg Tepper: The most impressive team in the state in Week One, winning at South Carolina proved two things: that there is life after Johnny Manziel (his name is Kenny Hill) and that the Aggies will be SEC West contenders every year that Kevin Sumlin is on the sideline.
3 Texas Longhorns 4
EJ Holland: To say the Texas defense was stifling would be an understatement. The Longhorns completely shut down North Texas and held the Mean Green to 17 passing yards. 17! But David Ash is out with concussion symptoms again and Dominic Espinosa, a key cog along the offensive line, was lost for the year.
4 TCU Horned Frogs 6
Greg Tepper: It's hard to gauge much from a win over Samford, but the offense looked noticeably better and more explosive. Maybe Trevone Boykin has turned the corner as the team's signal-caller.
5 UTSA Roadrunners 9
EJ Holland: Whoa! We don’t think anybody that doesn’t live in San Antonio saw that one coming. UTSA’s defense put on a dominant display against a veteran Houston offense that was supposed to be downright explosive. And the offense did more than enough in Tucker Carter’s first start at quarterback. The Roadrunners are for real.
6 Houston Cougars 3
Greg Tepper: Thud. The Coogs flopped in the grand opening of TDECU Stadium, and must figure out how to get their offense out of the mud. The good news: the defense looks pretty good.
7 Rice Owls 5
EJ Holland: Nobody expected the Owls to go down in South Bend and take down the nationally ranked Fighting Irish. Rice, however, was very competitive in the first half and has some major positives to build on. We still fully expect Rice to be a C-USA title contender.
8 Texas Tech Red Raiders 7
Greg Tepper: Did the Red Raiders forget to set their alarm clock? Tech sleepwalked through their game with Central Arkansas and came away with a 7-point win. They're better than they played on Saturday — or, at least, Tech fans had better hope they are.
9 Texas State Bobcats 10
EJ Holland: Yes, Arkansas Pine-Bluff is not a very good FCS team. But boy, the Bobcats looked really impressive. Tyler Jones was masterful at the helm, Robert Lowe had no trouble finding daylight and David Mayo led a stingy defense that came away with the shutout.
10 North Texas Mean Green 8
Greg Tepper: The Mean Green's offense sputtered and stalled all game against Texas, and it all starts with the quarterback. UNT has to find better and more consistent play under center if they're going to get back to a bowl.
11 UTEP Miners 12
EJ Holland: The Miners almost stumbled late but made big plays when it mattered most to pull out a momentum boosting win over New Mexico. UTEP must be on Cloud 9 after last year’s disappointing season. Will there be more wins to come? If Aaron Jones keeps running over defenders, the answer is definitely. 
12 SMU Mustangs 11
Greg Tepper: The Mustangs were completely and totally overmatched by Baylor, which is OK if you're an FCS opponent but not so much for a team hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season. The Ponies need answers offensively, and fast.


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