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.
Nico Collins had the best game of his career, and the Texans’ defense came up huge to help Houston hand Denver its first loss since mid-October.
Collins had a career-high 191 yards receiving and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Jimmie Ward intercepted Denver’s Russell Wilson in the end zone with 9 seconds left to left to help the Houston Texans hold on for a 22-17 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Ward leapt in front of intended receiver Lucas Krull to secure the fourth victory in five games for Houston (7-5) and snap a five-game winning streak for Denver (6-6).
Wilson was intercepted a season-high three times, all of them after halftime. Derek Stingley Jr. had the first two picks for the Texans. The Broncos had forced 15 turnovers in their winning streak but did not have a takeaway Sunday.
Houston rookie C.J. Stroud threw for 274 yards to end a streak of four straight games with at least 300 yards passing. Star rookie receiver Tank Dell injured his ankle in the first half and was carted off the field.
Texans rookie defensive end Will Anderson Jr., the third overall pick in the draft, had the best game of his young career. The former Alabama star had two sacks, four quarterback hits, deflected one of the balls that Stingley intercepted and deflected a punt.
Wilson threw for 186 yards with a touchdown in Denver’s first loss since Oct. 12.
Early in the fourth quarter, Wilson’s 41-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy got Denver to the 1, and the QB ran for the touchdown on the next play to cut Houston’s lead to 22-17.
The Broncos got a stop and were driving on the ensuing possession when Stingley hopped in front of a pass intended for Courtland Sutton to give Houston the ball back.
Stroud was shaken up on a run on the next drive and left the game for two plays while he was examined in the medical tent on the sideline. He returned and was sacked before the Texans punted.
Sutton grabbed a 45-yard touchdown pass from Wilson that cut the lead to 16-10 with about five minutes remaining in the third. It was the 329th career TD pass for Wilson, who moved past Dan Marino for second-most in a player’s first 12 seasons.
Stroud was sacked and fumbled on third down on Houston’s next possession, but the Texans got the ball back. They punted, but Stingley intercepted Wilson on Denver’s first play on a ball that was deflected by Anderson.
The Texans cashed in on the miscue when Collins scored on a 3-yard reception on the second play of the fourth quarter. The 2-point conversion failed to leave Houston up 22-10.
The Texans forced a three-and-out on the first possession of the second half when Anderson sacked Wilson on first down and Jonathan Greenard took him down on third down. Houston pushed the lead to 16-3 on Matt Ammendola’s 38-yard field goal.
The Texans led by three in the first quarter when they went for it on fourth-and-2. Houston was called for a false start on the play, but Alex Singleton hit Stroud late to draw an unnecessary roughness penalty and give the Texans a first down at the Broncos 3.
Two plays later, Pierce bulled in for the touchdown to make it 10-0. Dell was injured when he got rolled up at the end of Pierce’s run.
Broncos G Quinn Meinerz left in the fourth quarter with a shoulder.
Texans receiver Tank Dell suffered a fractured fibula, per NFL media.
Broncos: Visit the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday.
Texans: Visit the New York Jets next Sunday.injury.