Who runs this state? The Dave Campbell’s Texas Football staff gives their power rankings of the 12 FBS college football teams in Texas

UPDATED: September 19, 2017 (Week 3)

The Coogs look the part of an AAC frontrunner, thanks in large part to one of the nation’s best front sevens. If the offense led by Kyle Allen keeps producing, watch out.

Trick plays aside, TCU more-or-less dominated the Battle for the Iron Skillet. More encouraging: Kenny Hill took care of the football, and the youngsters are beginning to emerge as playmakers. It’s still early, but the Frogs are looking good.

The Roadrunners treated their FCS foes with appropriate fury, and now their eyes turn to a very winnable Conference USA. Can the offense produce enough to make them a contender?

If the Aggies play like they did in the second half against Louisiana-Lafayette or the first half against UCLA, they’re an SEC contender. If they play like they did at any other point this season, they could lose to anyone. A real Jekyll and Hyde squad.

Finishing games is always the toughest thing for a program to get good at, and the Longhorns couldn’t finish what would’ve been a stunning upset of USC. That said, there are tons of positives to take away from Saturday night in LA.

Do not scratch your eyes: the Red Raiders actually made some defensive stops to close out the victory over Arizona State. The defense still isn’t good, but it might be Not Bad, and that’s enough.

Though it stings, there’s no shame in losing the Iron Skillet to a might-be-elite TCU squad. That said, the difference between a good-to-great Ponies team and an also-ran will be in the secondary, which must improve to contend.

The good news: the Bears showed signs of life, specifically with receiver Chris Platt and a decent defensive effort. The bad news: it wasn’t enough. The worse news: Oklahoma is next.

The Mean Green fought valiantly in Iowa City and had a chance to pull off the stunner. It may go in the loss column, but that might’ve been the best overall effort of the Seth Littrell era.

Not sure anyone could’ve expected anything but a Bayou Bucket bludgeoning, but the same ugly trends — inconsistent quarterback play, a defense that gives up big chunks — are rearing their head.

The Bobcats’ near-miss against Appalachian State is proof both that the program is heading in the right direction, and that it’s not there yet. Patience is key.

Nothing is working for the Miners right now — the offense can’t move the ball (hence the offensive coordinator’s firing); the defense can’t stop anyone (opponents are completing 80% of passes). Something’s got to change, and fast.


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