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 Nine

# School Week 8 Rank
1 TCU Horned Frogs 2
EJ Holland:  

As Oklahoma State learned, an angry TCU team is a dangerous TCU team. The Horned Frogs bounced back from a heartbreaking loss to Baylor with an absolute shellacking of a formidable Oklahoma State squad. With Baylor and Oklahoma both falling this weekend, TCU is in prime position to win the Big 12. 

2 Baylor Bears 1
Greg Tepper:  Yes, things get a little crazy in Morgantown, but there's really no excuse for Baylor to drop its first game of the year to West Virginia. The offense looked borderline pedestrian, with just 318 yards of total offense — the Bears' lowest total since 2010. Between that and a sudden rash of penalties (a Big 12 record 18 penalties for 215 yards), Baylor simply did not play well enough to beat anyone on that day. And the Bears' relative struggles away from Waco continue.
3 Texas A&M Aggies 3
EJ Holland:  

Look, this was perhaps the toughest 3-game stretch in the country. But something looks very wrong with Texas A&M, which was blown out of the water in an embarrassing loss to Alabama. The once electrifying offense has gone stagnant, and the defense, well, that side of the ball has always had its issues. Luckily for the Aggies, they get to lick their wounds during a much-needed bye week.

4 Texas Longhorns 4
Greg Tepper:  Is the Longhorns' offense coming around? The total offense numbers have increased each week since Tyrone Swoopes took over as quarterback, so there's reason for optimism that things are turning around. The defense's showing vs. Iowa State is uninspiring, but after carrying the team for the first half of the season, they're allowed a single slip-up. But the Big 12 cupcakes are now out of the way; Texas will have to earn every last victory from here on out.
5 Rice Owls 6
Greg Tepper:  After a bye week, Rice heads into a critical home game with North Texas. Don't look now, but the Owls are the only team in the state on a three-game winning streak. A win over UNT would set Rice up nicely to make a run at a bowl game. A loss...well, that'd present all sorts of other issues.
6 Houston Cougars 7
EJ Holland:  

Guess who’s back? Back again. Houston’s back. Tell a friend. After an extremely slow start to the season, Houston finally resembles the team we expected them to be coming into 2014. In a 31-10 win over a pretty  good Temple team, Houston found its groove offensively with Greg Ward under center. And the defense was masterful, forcing four turnovers. Fear the Cougars.

7 Texas State Bobcats 5
Greg Tepper:  That stunk, Texas State. The Bobcats had a national television audience watching San Marcos, and Texas State simply wilted under the bright lights against Louisana-Lafayette. The offense — especially running the ball with Robert Lowe — has to get better if the Bobcats' hopes of getting to its first bowl game are going to be realized.
8 Texas Tech Red Raiders 8
EJ Holland:

Take down Kansas in a must-win game: mission complete. Now, Texas Tech hits the road to face upstart TCU in another pivotal conference clash. Texas Tech’s bowl hopes are in jeopardy, but an upset over the Horned Frogs would go a long way for this team. Can the Red Raiders pull it off? Not unless both units make more than just incremental improvements. 

9 UTSA Roadrunners 9
Greg Tepper: Now sitting at 2-5 after a close-but-no-cigar loss at Louisiana Tech, it's gut-check time for the Roadrunners. Five games remain, and they have to go no worse than 4-1 to make a bowl game. The offensive woes — starting with the offensive line — continue for UTSA. Can they find enough oomph to get past UTEP? If not, the bowl dream is all but dead. 


10 UTEP Miners 10
Greg Tepper: This will sound odd, but Saturday's game at UTSA feels like a really significant one in the rebuilding process of the Miners. Coming off a bye week, on the road, playing a team that's vying for bowl eligibility, this would be a huge victory for Sean Kugler and company, not only because it'd get them a step closer to a bowl themselves, but because it'd prove they can compete in Conference USA.
11 North Texas Mean Green 11
EJ Holland:

The Mean Green turned to Andrew McNulty at quarterback, but he didn’t make much of an impact on a North Texas offense that has had its struggles this year. But an even bigger concern is the defense, which gave up 30 points to Southern Miss, one of the worst offenses in the nation. It looks like UNT has taken 10 steps backwards from last season. 

12 SMU Mustangs 12
EJ Holland:  

After showing signs of improvement at East Carolina a couple of weeks ago, the Ponies looked absolutely dreadful in a blowout loss to Cincinnati. SMU is the only winless team in the country and still ranks dead last in both points for (6.5) and points against (48.0) per game. Simply put: SMU is just plain bad. 

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