College Power Poll Week 11: Beep! Beep! Here come the Roadrunners

By Russell Wilburn

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Who runs this state? The Dave Campbell's Texas Football staff gives their power rankings of the 12 FBS college football teams in Texas. In this subscriber-only piece, we'll give you detailed insight into our rankings. 

In Week 11, the top received a seismic shock – but did it change? Additionally, the middle of the pack had some movement after dominant performances. 

Note: Teams are measured against the overall strength of their conference. 

1. Texas A&M Aggies (-)

Record: 5-1
Previous: PPD game against Tennessee
Next: vs. Ole Miss

The Aggies had a game against Tennessee postponed due to contact tracing protocol in College Station after a road trip to South Carolina. 

2. SMU Mustangs (-)

Record: 7-2
Previous: 27-24 loss to Tulsa
Next: vs. Houston

Last season, SMU came back from down three touchdowns against Tulsa to win the game. This time, SMU gave up a three-touchdown lead against the same Golden Hurricane squad and lost a game that now will almost certainly knock them out of the AAC Championship Game. 

3. Texas Longhorns (-)

Record: 5-2
Previous: Bye
Next: at Kansas

The Longhorns had a bye week and finish with two road matchups and a home game. 

4. UTSA Roadrunners (+2)

Record: 5-4
Previous: 52-21 win over UTEP
Next: at Southern Miss

The Roadrunners dominated UTEP without Sincere McCormick in the lineup. In fact, it was one of the more complete games the Roadrunners have played to this point. UTSA held UTEP to zero points in the second half. This team sits at 3-2 in conference with two winnable games left.

5. Houston Cougars (+2)

Record: 3-3
Previous: 56-21 win over South Florida
Next: at SMU

The Cougars had a rare game against a lesser opponent and made the Bulls look like a lesser opponent. The final score doesn't even show how dominant the performance was – the Coogs went up 42-0 before garbage time.

6. Rice Owls (-1)

Record: 1-1
Previous: PPD game against Louisiana Tech
Next: at North Texas

The Owls lost another game due to postponement. It's unlikely the game against the Bulldogs will be rescheduled. 

7. TCU Horned Frogs (-3)

Record: 3-4
Previous: 24-6 loss to West Virginia
Next: Bye

The Frogs played their worse game in at least a year, and maybe worse considering the mediocrity of the opponent. The protection is completely breaking down and even the defense is starting to show some cracks thanks to the offensive struggles. What now? 

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders (+2)

Record: 3-5
Previous: 24-23 win over Baylor
Next: Bye

The Red Raiders desperately needed a win, and this performance against Baylor did the trick. Everything is not solved, but heading into the bye with some momentum is a good enough start. 

9. UTEP Miners (-1)

Record: 3-4
Previous: 52-21 loss to UTSA
Next: at Southern Miss

The Miners lost control of a loss to UTSA, but still looked decent. Keeping drives alive will be key heading forward. 

10. North Texas Mean Green (-1)

Record: 2-3
Previous: PPD game against UAB
Next: vs. Rice

11. Baylor Bears (-)

Record: 1-5
Previous: 24-23 loss to Texas Tech
Next: Bye

The Bears have now lost five straight. The luster has totally worn off of this team. Baylor will have to do quite a bit of soul-searching if it wants to pull out of this tailspin. 

12. Texas State Bobcats (-)

Record: 1-9
Previous: 40-38 loss to Georgia Southern
Next: vs. Arkansas State

The Bobcats kept up their streak of overperforming against better opponents, but once again had tough calls and mistakes go against them. In all seriousness, this team looks poised to have a massive step forward in 2021 if it can win some of these close games. 

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