Nation of Texas College Football Power Rankings- Week Seven
Nation of Texas College Football Power Rankings - Week Seven
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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 Seven.
For the first time this season, there were some major shake-ups in the rankings due to in-state battles between our schools which led to some surprising results. Our perennial No. 1 took it's first hit to the armor last Saturday, shaking things up at the top and causing a ripple effect throughout the rankings.
Here's the way things shake out for Week Seven. Make sure to check back every Thursday for the latest in the NOT Power Rankings!
Rice Owls (1-5)
Quite simply put, David Bailiff's Rice Owls squad is the worst in the state of Texas as this article is written. The Owls lost traditional doormat Memphis on the road last week, 14-10, and face the undefeated Texas San-Antonio Roadrunners in a home test on Saturday afternoon. The 5-0 Roadrunners are certainly no slouch in spite of being a new program, and with a sixth loss could send the Owls into a tailspin, causing the voices calling for the job of David Bailiff to get substantially louder as any chance of bowl eligibility in 2012 fades into oblivion.
UTEP Miners (1-5)
As bad as Rice may be, the UTEP Miners aren't a whole lot better. A third straight loss for UTEP came at the hands of the SMU Mustangs last Saturday, 17-0, and the schedule certainly doesn't ease on Saturday as the Miners travel to Oklahoma to take on the Conference USA-leading 5-1 Tulsa Hurricanes. Look for the Miners to get throttled and fall to 1-6 by Saturday night-- making the battled for the NOT Power Rankings between two teams.
North Texas Mean Green (2-4)
The North Texas Mean Green are a team that has seemingly regressed since several strong early-season showings against Top 25 opponents. Following a promising 20-14 win over the FAU Owls two weeks ago, UNT fell to the Houston Cougars last weekend 44-21 in a game where they never appeared competitive. Which UNT team will show up next Tuesday against Louisiana-Lafayette? Your guess is as good as ours.
Texas State Bobcats (2-3)
After a 21 point loss to the New Mexico Lobos, the Texas State Bobcats find themselves in third place in the soon-to-be-extinct Western Athletic Conference, and looking up at the conference leaders. Next on tap are the Idaho Vandals, who at 1-5 have had only one solid performance (a 40-37 overtime loss to rival Wyoming) and should be ripe for the picking to help the Bobcats crawl their way back to .500.
SMU Mustangs (2-3)
Luckily for the SMU Mustangs, they face their easiest opponent of the Conference USA schedule this Saturday in the abysmal Tulane Green Wave, who may be the worst team in college football. SMU should emerge with their third win of the season to even the record. If SMU can find a groove in the next few weeks it's reasonable they could move to 5-3 prior to a November 3rd matchup against the Central Florida Golden Knights in Orlando.
Houston Cougars (2-3)
The 2-3 Houston Cougars, fresh off of two easy wins, face the 1-4 UAB Blazers this Saturday in what promises to be an all-out shootout, similar to the Louisiana Tech game earlier in the season. UAB can't stop anyone, but can also score points in bunches. If the Cougars can get a few keys stops, they should be back to .500 going into a Thursday night battle on the 18th against SMU as previously mentioned.
UTSA Roadrunners (5-0)
Some would argue that the 5-0 UTSA Roadrunners are the most under-rated team in the state, and it's this writer's opinion they would be perfectly justified in doing so. The Roadrunners travel to Houston this Saturday to take on a Rice team that is on a downward spiral. If UTSA goes to 6-0, and there are any losses among our Top 5, they'll be moving up in the Week Eight NOT Power Rankings. You can only keep a good team down for so long.
TCU Horned Frogs (4-1)
Reeling after a 37-23 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones and the loss of QB Casey Pachall for the season as he gets his life in order, the TCU Horned Frogs will be looking to bounce back this Saturday as they travel to Waco to take on a Baylor bears team coming off a bye week. I have a hard time believing TCU can pull off a win in Waco with a redshirt freshman QB and a Baylor team with plenty to prove in front of a rabid crowd. TCU is 4-2 by this time next week. Mark it.
Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1)
After a 41-20 thumping at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners, some of the sheen has worn off the previously unbeaten Texas Tech Red Raiders. QB Seth Doege looked hurried and uncertain on Saturday under the rush by the Oklahoma defense, and opened a window into how to affect Tech. Things certainly don't get any easier for the Raiders as they welcome the West Virginia Mountaineers for their second stop of the Texas Tour after their win over the Texas Longhorns last Saturday. West Virginia rolls here, easily, and Tech falls to 4-2 by next Sunday.
Baylor Bears (3-1)
After a week off, the Baylor Bears at 3-1 welcome TCU to Waco for a highly winnable tilt. If QB Nick Florence can maintain his torrid pace, and the Baylor defense can rise to the occasion and play with greater confidence, there's no reason why the Bears can't earn their fourth win of the season, getting two closer to early-season bowl eligibility.
Texas Longhorns (4-1)
A rough 48-45 loss for the Texas Longhorns in front of a raucous 101,000 plus on the Forty Acres last Saturday must be bounced back from for Mack Brown's squad to stay relevant in the Big XII race. There's no time for the weary, as the Red River Shootout against the Oklahoma Sooners looms on Saturday morning. Can Texas rise up and take control of their own destiny, or, will Saturday be the first in a tough string of losses that could change the tone of the 2012 season?
Texas A&M Aggies (4-1)
The 4-1 Texas A&M Aggies take over the No. 1 slot on the NOT Power Rankings for Week Seven after an error-riddled, but gritty win over the Ole Miss Rebels last Saturday in the Grove. Although the Aggies don't face an SEC opponent on Saturday, there's certainly no time to be complacent. The previously postponed game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs is on the slate, a team who has proven to be more than capable and cracked the AP top 25 at No. 23 this past week. Can A&M pull off a victory and be on a solid roll prior to their first big SEC test the following week against the LSU Tigers?