Nation of Texas College Football Power Rankings – Week Six
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It's Thursday, so that means the newest episode of the Nation of Texas College Football Power Rankings is on tap for Week Six. There's some big tilts on tap between in-state schools this Saturday which could really change the way these rankings look this time next week-- but for now, here's how we have them.
Rice Owls (1-4)
The Rice Owls are struggling at 1-4 and are in the basement in this week's version of the NOT Power Rankings. The Owls are now led by a freshman quarterback in Driphus Jackson and will see some struggles accordingly. David Bailiff's squad makes a trip to Tennessee to take on the Memphis Tigers, and may indeed come out with their second win of the season over a Memphis team that's 0-4 and looks to be the weakest team in Conference USA.
UTEP Miners (1-4)
The UTEP Miners look to bounce back from a 28-18 loss to the East Carolina Pirates last Saturday when they take on the SMU Mustangs at home on Saturday evening. Mike Price's squad has continued to sputter on the offensive side of the ball, scoring only 89 points over five contests, while giving up 168. The SMU offense has been far from a juggernaut, so if the Miners have a chance to get back on track in Conference USA play, this may be it.
Houston Cougars (1-3)
The Houston Cougars jumped up two spots from No. 12 to No. 10 on the NOT Power Rankings largely because they have only played four games so far. Riding high off of a 35-14 win over crosstown rival Rice last weekend, the Cougars take on another Lone Star State squad this Saturday at home, the North Texas Mean Green. North Texas has been solid against strong non-conference opponents and should present the Cougars plenty of a challenge in their effort to creep closer to .500.
SMU Mustangs (1-3)
June Jones' SMU Mustangs have struggled in a big way over the course of the past few weeks. Scoring only 19 points and giving up 62 in the past two weeks in losses to the TCU Horned Frogs and Texas A&M Aggies, the Mustangs look inept on offense, largely due to the lack of production and struggles of senior quarterback Garrett Gilbert. SMU faces off against UTEP at Ford Stadium in at attempt to turn things around this Saturday.
North Texas Mean Green (2-3)
The North Texas Mean Green are the No. 8 team on this week's NOT Power Rankings after a 20-14 victory against the Florida Atlantic Owls in Orlando last Saturday. As mentioned previously, the Eagles take on the Houston Cougars on the road Saturday, and should get back to .500 given their superior talent level and depth. North Texas controls their own destiny in Sun Belt play this year, and has a great chance on Saturday to give Conference USA a quick glimpse of a future member.
Texas State Bobcats (2-2)
The 2-2 Texas State Bobcats are No. 7 on this week's NOT Power Rankings. Under head coach Dennis Franchione, the Bobcats have played solid, but not spectacular football so far this season in their first four games. The Bobcats have an interesting road test on Saturday as they make a trip to Albuquerque to take on the New Mexico Lobos who look much improved under first-year head coach Bob Davie. Can Texas State rise to the occasion and get back above .500?
UTSA Roadrunners (5-0)
The 5-0 UTSA Roadrunners are the No. 6 team on this week's NOT Power Rankings. Led by quarterback Eric Soza-- who is really starting to turn some heads-- Larry Coker's squad out-scored their opponents 189-78 through those five wins and looks like a rising star among Lone Star programs. The Roadrunners face off against Rice on Saturday afternoon which should be an interesting test for a team that's quickly establishing a nice tradition in Central Texas.
Texas A&M Aggies (3-1)
The 3-1 Texas A&M Aggies are in a difficult position this Saturday as they take a trip to Oxford to take on an Ole Miss Rebels squad, that while struggling so far this season, is riding high after giving the Alabama Crimson Tide all they could handle last Saturday. Johnny Manziel shouldn't have much trouble dissecting a Rebel defense that was eviscerated by Texas quarterback David Ash a few Saturdays ago. Look for the Aggies to return to College Station 4-1 and with their second SEC win of the season in tow.
Baylor Bears (3-1)
The Baylor Bears enter the NOT Power Rankings at No. 4 after a 70-63 loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday in what was one of the most entertaining games of the young college football season so far. The NOT Power Rankings No. 1 quarterback in Texas, Nick Florence, gets some rest this week as the Bears have a bye week prior to welcoming the TCU Horned Frogs to town on Saturday the 13th.
TCU Horned Frogs (4-0)
The 4-0 TCU Horned Frogs were dealt a huge blow today when it was announced that starting quarterback Casey Pachall had been arrested overnight for a DWI and was suspended indefinitely from the team accordingly. TCU will turn to redshirt freshman Mesquite native Trevone Boykin to carry the team through the rest of the Big 12 slate, but you have to figure this equals trouble. TCU make a trip to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday, and Boykin will have to rise to the occasion, and quickly, to keep their perfect record intact.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0)
The 4-0 Texas Tech Red Raiders boast some of the best defensive statistics in the Big 12-- if not the country-- and have cruised through their first four contests. Tech welcomes the Oklahoma Sooners to Lubbock on Saturday in what could be one of the most interesting matchups in the country. If the Red Raiders can somehow pull off an upset against Bob Stoops' team and go to 5-0 on the season, it would be one of the strangest and most interesting storylines in the Big 12 so far this year.
Texas Longhorns (4-0)
The 4-0 Texas Longhorns remain the No. 1 team on our NOT Power Rankings for the third straight week after a nail-biting 41-36 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys last Saturday. Texas faces off against the West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday in primetime, in what has become one of many nationally-anticipated matchups all happening at once. Can David Ash have another impressive performance, take the Longhorns to 5-0, and vault himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation, or will Geno Smith be the ultimate buzzkill and knock the Longhorns off their pedestal?