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 Fifteen 

# School Week 14 Rank
t-1 TCU Horned Frogs t-1

EJ Holland: Pressure? What pressure? TCU put on one heck of a show on Thanksgiving night, handing Texas one of its worst home losses in program history in a 48-10 romp. TCU held Texas to just 290 yards of offense, forced five turnovers and Trevone Boykin scored three total touchdowns as the Horned Frogs made a statement to the College Football Playoff committee. If TCU avoids an upset against Iowa State, it might very well be in.

t-1 Baylor Bears t-1

Greg Tepper: Boy, the Bears sure walked a razor's edge against a struggling Texas Tech team. Normally, we'd say "they got the win, that's all that matters," but that may not be the case, as Baylor needs all the style points they can get. But now comes the big one: a nationally televised game against Kansas State. BU needs to win — pretty convincingly — to have a shot to leap-frog TCU into the College Football Playoff.

3 Texas A&M Aggies 3

EJ Holland: Sure, there were a few questionable calls, but Texas A&M just didn’t do enough to find a way to beat SEC nemesis LSU. The Tigers held Texas A&M to its third-fewest passing yards (144) of the season and controlled the line of scrimmage on the other side of the ball as freshman running back Leonard Fournette put a hurting on the Aggie defense. After a hot start, Texas A&M finishes the year with a mediocre 7-5 record.

4 Texas Longhorns 4

Greg Tepper: Well, that was anti-climactic. The Longhorns were a sexy pick to upset TCU and turn the college football world upside-down; instead, the offense reverted to its inconsistent ways, and the defense couldn't hold up against the Frogs' attack. At 6-6, it's hard to call Charlie Strong's first season a disappointment, but Longhorns fans had to be hoping for better.

5 Houston Cougars 6

EJ Holland: For a moment there, it looked like Houston was going to let SMU notch its first victory of the year. The Cougars actually trailed at halftime to arguably the worst team in the country. But then Houston turned on the jets. Greg Ward and Kenneth Farrow combined for five touchdowns and Houston held SMU scoreless in the second half to win 35-9. With a victory over Cincinnati on Saturday, Houston can match last season’s win total (8).

6 Rice Owls 5

Greg Tepper: Oooooof. The Owls went into Ruston, La. and straight-up got their hides tanned. 677 yards of total offense for Louisiana Tech is the most a Rice team has allowed since Houston hung 684 back in 2009. Coming off a 10-win season and a conference title, this year's 7-5 record is a disappointment.

7 UTEP Miners 7

Greg Tepper: The sensational 2014 season for the Miners came to a fantastic close with a late win over Middle Tennessee. UTEP won its seventh game, the first 7-win season since 2005 and just the 14th in school history. And, more importantly, they re-established home-field advantage at the Sun Bowl: UTEP went 5-1 at home, with the only loss coming to Texas Tech.

8 Texas State Bobcats 8

Greg Tepper: The Bobcats all-but-guaranteed that they won't be left out of the bowl conversation this year, throttling lowly Georgia State. What's been most impressive the last two weeks has been the offense; after averaging 411 yards per game in their previous nine, the Bobs put up 584 yards on average in their final two games.

9 Texas Tech Red Raiders 9

EJ Holland: It was a valiant effort, Red Raiders. Texas Tech rallied to make things interesting at AT&T Stadium and gave big, bad Baylor a scare after knocking Bryce Petty out of the game. The Red Raiders racked up more than 700 yards of total offense and Patrick Mahomes set a Big 12 freshman record with 598 yards and six touchdowns through the air. But the defense, as it has all year, struggled. Texas Tech ends the year with a disappointing 4-8 record.

10 UTSA Roadrunners 10

Greg Tepper: In an overall discouraging season, the Roadrunners sent their senior class off with a win, which is appropriate, considering this class has laid the groundwork for the program. Nobody in San Antonio is happy with 4-8, but the seniors deserve praise for their contributions.

11 North Texas Mean Green 11

EJ Holland: After last year’s historic season, North Texas failed to recapture the momentum and finished with a discouraging 4-8 mark. It will be interesting to see if UNT was just a flash in the pan or if Dan McCarney can truly build something special up in Denton. Remember, North Texas was wiped out by graduation, so quite a few youngsters got some very valuable playing time this season.

12 SMU Mustangs 12

EJ Holland: Oh, SMU. The Mustangs built a 9-7 halftime lead against Houston last Friday but failed to score in the second half and allowed 28 unanswered points. With the loss, SMU remains the only winless team in the country at 0-11. The Ponies have one last chance to avoid their first defeated campaign since 2003 against lowly UConn in Storrs. It’s a winnable game, but SMU has shown no signs in can notch a W.

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