Texas FBS Rankings week 10

The red-hot Houston Cougars continue to climb up the rankings and could soon challenge for No. 1

UH continues its ascent in the rankings. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

No. 12: UTEP

The story remains the same for a UTEP team that has held their position as the worst FBS team in Texas all season. The Miners lost to UAB in week 9 to fall to 0-8. UTEP may have a glimpse of hope in Week 10 as they are set to face off against the second worst team in the Texas FBS rankings, the 1-8 Rice Owls.

No. 11: Rice

The Owls once again found themselves extremely outmatched in Week 9 as they lost 41-17 to the University of North Texas. Rice will get its best chance at breaking their eight-game losing streak vs. winless UTEP, but nothing is guaranteed with either of these teams.

No. 10: Texas State

The Bobcats finally got another notch in their win column in week 9 with a 27-20 victory over New Mexico State. Texas State hopes to carry this momentum into week 10 when they face off against a 2-6 Georgia State team that is on a three-game losing skid.

No. 9: UTSA

After falling in Week 9 to an average Southern Miss team 27-17, the Roadrunners may have very well seen their last chance at securing another victory this season pass them by. Not one of UTSA’s final four opponents on their schedule has lost more than two games so far this season and have a combined record of 25-7.

No. 8: TCU

It is official, the Horned Frogs have hit rock bottom by their standards. TCU lost their its game in a row in Week 9 when they were upset by the Kansas Jayhawks 27-26. Without quarterback Shawn Robinson on the field it is hard to imagine things turning around at this point in the season. The big question at hand now is, could this be the end of the Gary Patterson era?

No. 7: SMU

The Mustang’s jump their Fort Worth counterparts TCU in this week’s rankings. SMU took the 7-1 Cincinnati Bearcats to overtime but lost in devastating fashion when the Bearcats returned an interception for a touchdown to escape the upset. The Mustangs have had a slight revival in the second half of their season, but Week 10 will be tough sledding when they face off with No.17 Houston. This move up in the rankings will most likely be short lived.

No. 6: Baylor

It was no surprise, but the Bears were easily handled by No. 12 West Virginia in a 58-14 loss. Baylor has a tough Week 10 matchup with an Oklahoma State team that is coming off a thrilling upset over the Texas Longhorns who were on a six-game winning streak. While the Bears are talented enough to keep up with the Cowboys, they will also have the benefit of home field advantage. Look for this game to be a high scoring affair with plenty of big plays to go around.

No. 5: UNT

With the help of a 21-point fourth quarter, the Mean Green were able to put away the seemingly helpless Rice Owls. UNT has another easy matchup in Week 10 when they face off against the 2-7 Old Dominion Monarchs. Due to the weakness of their opponents for the duration of their schedule, it will be difficult for North Texas to gain much more ground moving forward but winning out the rest of their season will keep them in decent bowl game consideration.

No. 4: Texas Tech

The Red Raiders fell to 5-3 after losing to the red-hot Iowa State Cyclones. Quarterback Alan Bowman had arguably his first let down performance of his freshman campaign, throwing three interceptions and just one touchdown. Texas Tech now has its toughest matchup of their season awaiting them in the form of No. 7 Oklahoma. Tech will have to be firing on all cylinders if they hope to avoid suffering their fourth loss of the season.

No. 3: Texas A&M

The Aggies sputtered in Week 9 and dropped to No.25 in the nation as well as one place in this week’s rankings. For arguably the first time this season A&M’s defense failed to hold its own but did not receive much support from their offensive counterparts either. A&M will need to get back on track quickly if the Aggies hope to bounce back with a win over the dangerous Auburn Tigers in Week 10. Two big focal points for the Aggies will be make a statement on defense and re-establishing their typically reliable rushing attack.

No. 2: Houston

After yet another powerful performance in week 9, the No.17 Cougars jump up to the No.2 spot in these Texas FBS rankings. Houston dominated the undefeated South Florida Bulls 57-36 with the help of a Heisman type performance from quarterback D’Eriq King. King put up over 500 total yards and 7 touchdowns, giving football fans all over the country flashback memories of one of the most thrilling quarterbacks of all time, Michael Vick. The Cougars will look to continue their five-game winning streak against the 3-5 SMU Mustangs in week 10 and continue to climb the national rankings.

No. 1: Texas

Despite suffering their first loss since Week 1 and dropping nine spots in the national rankings, the Longhorns are still able to hold onto their position as the No.1 team in Texas. While Texas struggled the entire game to contain the Cowboy’s offence, they were still able to make a thrilling comeback before falling just three points short when the clock struck zero. UT has no time to linger in the past or worry about what could have been, because No.12 West Virginia is chomping at the bit to knock the Longhorns down another notch. Texas will need its defense to have a bounce back week and find motivation in their ugly Week 9 performance if they have any hope of containing gunslinger Will Grier.


 

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Houston's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

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With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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