The DCTF Power Poll: Week 1

By TexasFootball.com staff

There was really only one upset to speak of in the opening week of college football action — Baylor over TCU — but it didn’t throw the weekly Power Poll into flux near as much as everyone else’s wins did.

A&M sticks at the top after its thorough victory over slightly shell-shocked SMU — if you needed proof that the Aggies were deserving of their national top ten status, there it was. Baylor makes the jump up to No. 2 after its thrilling 50-48 win over TCU, knocking the Horned Frogs out of one of the top two spots in, most likely, years. Just how far did the suddenly-spacious Horned Frog defense fall? No. 4 — right after Houston, which planted the Coog flag on dispatched UCLA. That could be the first step in 12 very significant ones for Kevin Sumlin’s squad.

Tech and Texas are caught tied up in the fifth spot — behind several teams they have a winning history against. But average to startling showings against Texas State and Rice, respectively, slowed our poll’s hand — while it would be surprising to see Baylor stay three spots ahead of either, the Bears have the marquee win under their belt, and the other two do not. Still, those two young squads are growing as they go. Conference play will sort out this poll’s middle tier.

SMU tumbled to seventh after a lackluster showing against A&M, and regardless of who takes over under center, the team’s best offensive threat right now is RB Zach Line. June Jones run’ n’ shoot might be wise to shorten itself down to just “run” right now.

Rice, UTEP and UNT round out the bottom of things, pouring more concrete over what’s been a steady foundation for the lower end of our weekly installment. Of the three, Rice has the best bet of clawing its way higher. Both UTEP and UNT looked like they have a lot of work to do last week.

DCTF’s 2011 Texas College Power Poll — Week 1

# School Points (1st-place votes) Previous week
1 Texas A&M Aggies  Points: 40 (4) 1
Greg Tepper: Any criticism of the Aggies at this point would be the nitpicking kind (the run defense wasn’t fantastic, for example). That was as impressive an opener as you could reasonably ask for.
2 Baylor Bears  Points: 34 5
Adam Hochfelder: Robert Griffin’s showing against TCU was the best performance by anyone associated with Baylor since Dave Campbell whipped out a typewriter on his wife’s kitchen table 52 years ago. RGIII for Heisman campaign stated Friday night.
3 Houston Cougars  Points: 31 3
Travis Stewart: The last thing that coaches want to hear is the first thing every fan is thinking — with UCLA out of the way, this schedule could yield a 12-0 finish. The biggest obstacle? I say Tulsa right now. UH defense still has a little room to improve.
4 TCU Horned Frogs  Points: 27 2
Adam Hochfelder: 50 points? 500 yards? Who the heck was that team wearing purple Friday night? Very disappointing way to lose for TCU. Worst part of the loss? It stole the headlines away from a VERY gutsy performance by Pachall.
t-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders  Points: 24 4
Travis Stewart: Texas State gashed the Raiders with the run early, until Xs and Os-man Tommy Tuberville sketched out a new approach around halftime. I feel like the story of the game was forgivable, considering Tech was using so many first-year players. 
t-5 Texas Longhorns  Points: 24 7
Greg Tepper: That’s more like it. The first half wasn’t great, but the second half was excellent. Offensive line is still a big concern, and the defensive line could stand to improve, but you’ve got to like what Malcolm Brown and Jaxon Shipley add to the offense.
7 SMU Mustangs  Points: 16 6
Brad Hilliard: Kyle Padron was benched in the Mustangs’ loss in College Station? Is there a QB controversy on the Hilltop? Former backup J.J. McDermott gets the nod in Week 2.
8 Rice Owls  Points: 11 8
Travis Stewart: Rice’s ground game wasn’t good enough to win — or even keep it really close — last week, but that’s going to have to change if the Owls want more than a handful of Ws. The air attack is not going to carry this team.
9 UTEP Miners Points: 8 9
Greg Tepper: A win is a win is a win, even if it comes in comeback overtime fashion at home against the 37th best team in the FCS. Nick Lamaison makes the loss of Trevor Vittatoe more palatable.
10 North Texas Mean Green  Points: 5 10
Travis Stewart: Things usually get worse before they get better, so I’m not on red alert after the FIU loss. But what did concern me was the defense, which gave up 28 first quarter points in revolving door fashion. 28 points on just 16 FIU snaps, I believe.

ABOUT THE PANEL:
> Travis Stewart is the managing editor of DCTF
> Greg Tepper is the associate editor of DCTF
> Adam Hochfelder is the Executive Director of DCTF and several other IMG College properties
> Brad Hilliard is the operations coordinator for DCTF and several other IMG College properties
> Tom Sullivan is an account executive for DCTF (inactive this week)