Texas FBS rankings week 7

The race to be the No. 1 team in Texas is heating up between Longhorns and Aggies

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Texas has 12 FBS teams. Each week we rank them based on season-long performance, the prior game, and success relative to their competition. These are the updated rankings following Week 6 and looking forward to Week 7:

No. 12: UTEP

While UTEP gave 4-1 UNT a serious scare last weekend, the Miners still failed to get their first win of the season. They came up just 3 points short of upsetting the Mean Green in their 24-27 loss. At 0-6, UTEP will hope to get their first win in week 8 vs. Louisiana Tech, after they get a chance to rest and prepare during their bye week.

No. 11: Rice

With a disappointing loss to UTSA in Week 6 where the Owls only scored 3 points, Rice is now on a five-game losing skid and does not look to have any idea of how to turn things around. Rice will face a quietly talented, 4-1 UAB team in Week 7 and needs to make a lot of adjustments if they hope to salvage any part of their season.

No. 10: Texas State

After starting the season 1-1, the Bobcats have lost three straight and do not look to have made any real progressions as a program. Texas State will face off against the 4-1 Georgia Southern Eagles in Week 7 which will be another uphill battle.

No. 9: UTSA

The Road Runners were somehow able to defeat the Rice Owls 20-3 with only 43 total passing yards this past weekend on their way to securing their third straight victory. UTSA now sits at 4-3 on the season and has an interesting matchup with Louisiana Tech in Week 7 as they chase a four-game win streak.

No. 8: SMU

After winning two games in a row in Weeks 5 and 6, the Mustangs took a 48-20 beat down from No. 10 UCF. Luckily SMU will have a chance to bounce back after their bye week when they return to action in Week 8 against Tulane. SMU has continued to show uncertainty about their quarterback position as Ben Hicks and William Brown are still sharing playing time midway through the season. Finding a consistent and reliable quarterback will play a big role on how the second half of the season goes for the Mustangs.

No. 7: Baylor

The Bears stay in the Big 12 hunt after securing their fourth win of the season in Week 6 vs. Kansas State. Baylor has a very respectable 4-2 record this season but will be facing a buzzsaw in Texas this coming weekend. The Bears could make a lot of noise in the college football world if they are able to upset a Longhorn team that has recently lodged themselves in the college football spotlight.

No. 6: TCU

After a full week of rest, the Horned Frogs will be thrown back into the fire with the hope of salvaging the second half of their season. The is not doubt that TCU will return hungry to get back to their winning ways in Week 7 but will have to do so by taking down an explosive Texas Tech team.

No. 5: Texas Tech

While Texas Tech fell short in in Week 6, it happened to be against one of the best teams in the nation, undefeated West Virginia. After falling behind 28-7 in the first quarter, the Red Raiders put on an impressive fight as they climbed back into the game, even after starting quarterback Alan Bowman was forced out with an injury. With Bowman expected to play in week 7 vs. TCU, Tech will be excited to get back on the field.

No. 4: UNT

North Texas drops another spot in these rankings after a measly 3-point victory over a UTEP team who has not won a game in almost two years. The Mean Green still seem to be recovering from their heartbreaking loss to Louisiana Tech that ruined their chance at a perfect season. UNT must get back to the high level of play they displayed early in the season if they hope to finish this year like they started.

No. 3: Houston

Houston jumped three spots in this week’s rankings after they secured their fourth win of the season vs. Tulsa. The Cougars have looked impressive since their week 3 loss to Texas Tech, and with the strong play of quarterback D’Eriq King there is limitless potential for the rest of their season. Houston will face an East Carolina team that recently suffered an embarrassing 49-6 loss to Temple in week 6.

No. 2: Texas A&M;

Texas A&M; fought their way back into the Top 25 rankings after a Week 6 win over a talented Kentucky team. The Aggies have continued to display their versatility on the offensive side of the ball and have the ability to defeat any opponent that lines up against them. With that said, A&M; has without a doubt one of the most difficult schedules remaining in college football. Currently three of their six remaining games will be against Top 25 ranked programs, and all of their final six opponents have winning records this season.

No. 1: Texas

After what will go down as one of the most impressive wins of this college football season, the Longhorns not only re-asserted their position as the No. 1 team in Texas but also jumped into Top 10 national rankings. Texas took down the No. 7 ranked Oklahoma Sooners 48-45 and racked up their third victory over a Top 25 ranked opponent this season. While there are still many games to play this season, the Longhorns now have their sights set on competing for a national championship.

 

Ed Oliver skips bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. Houston Cougar Football Facebook

The regular season is over for Houston football, but a lot has occurred since last week. Let’s take a look at what to expect for UH:

The Armed Forces Bowl

Houston (8-4, 5-3 in AAC) will face Army (9-2) at Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas on Dec. 22. The Black Knights are ranked No. 22 in the Top 25 AP Poll, mostly due to their prolific triple option rushing attack which ranks third in the nation. They are on a seven game winning streak since losing to Oklahoma. The Big 12 Conference Champion struggled at home against Army, but would later win in overtime. Army averages 300 yards per game on the ground this year, making them the third team (Navy, Memphis, Army) that Houston will face that is ranked within the top five in rushing. The matchup is not good for a depleted Houston defense. The Black Knights will play Navy this weekend, a conference foe of the Cougars who has had a terrible season. Army vs Navy will be the only college football game this weekend, where you can get a sneak peak of what to expect if you haven’t seen the Black Knights play all season. Plus, the uniforms for this game are always pretty cool.

King vs Milton

Houston comes into this bowl game with their heads hung low after what most consider to be a disappointing season. Injuries, most notably those to D’Eriq King and Ed Oliver, sidetracked the Cougars from heading into the AAC Championship game after Memphis blew them out in Week 13. King and UCF QB McKenzie Milton were both nominated for AAC Offensive Player of the Year, of which Milton took home for a second straight season. Milton humbly gave King an honorable mention by saying, “Shout out to D’Eriq King who is just as, if not, more deserving of this honor. Promise we’ll both be back better than ever!” King played only 11 games, where he reached 50 total touchdowns, 14 of which came from the ground, threw for 2,982 passing yards, and rushed for 674 yards.

Ed Oliver Denies Bowl Game

The All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver decided to sit out his final bowl game to begin preparing for the NFL draft. He announced his decision via twitter where he thanked the University of Houston, the coaching staff, and his teammates. He finished by saying, “To all the fans, thank you for your relentless support. Forever I will be a Coog!” Oliver’s decision came about a week after he publicly announced that he will be playing in whatever bowl UH was assigned, even after he had to be benched for tweaking his knee in Week 13 vs Memphis. He missed four games this season after suffering from an uncalled chop block against Navy. In his three years in Houston, Oliver accounted for 193 total total tackles, 54 of which were tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, 14 passes defended, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick. He was the first underclassmen to win the Outland Trophy in 2017, which is awarded to the best college interior lineman. This season, Oliver won AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Coaching Changes/Extensions

Houston still doesn’t have a defensive coordinator. Mark D’Onofrio was fired after the Memphis game for managing one of the worst defenses in college football, and also one of the worst defenses in the history of the program. The UH defense allowed a total of 412 points, being the fifth most allowed points in a season in school history, while also allowing 5,862 total yards. It seems like Houston is in no rush in finding a replacement.

Kendal Briles accepted a contract extension from UH after interviewing with Texas State for the head coaching job vacancy. He was also widely considered for a SEC offensive coordinator position of which was not disclosed by sources. The new three-year deal is worth $2.1 million, making Briles one of the highest paid assistants in the nation. Offensive line coach Randy Clements also enjoyed a new three-year extension. Consider both a package deal. The Houston offense averaged 46.4 points per game, rushed for 2991 yards, and passed for 3611 yards, making it one of the best offenses in the nation.

AAC Bowl Matchups

Armed Forces Bowl- Houston vs Army

Military Bowl- Cincinnati vs Virginia Tech

Gasparilla Bowl- USF vs Marshall

Birmingham Bowl- Memphis vs Wake Forest

Independence Bowl- Temple vs Duke

Cure Bowl- Tulane vs Louisiana Lafayette

Most Notable AAC Bowl Matchup

Fiesta Bowl- UCF vs LSU

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