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State of Texas team power rankings - Week 1

Ed Oliver and the Cougars are near the top. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Power rankings are all the buzz and with tonight’s College Football Season rankings being released, I wanted to do a power ranking of all teams across all the sports in Texas!

  1. Houston Texans (NFL) - I don’t feel good putting the Texans over the Cougars in the first ever power rankings, but I have to based on the five-game winning streak. I know the Coogs are also riding a five-game winning streak, but beating the Jags and Dolphins handedly put the Texans in the No.1 spot.

  2. Houston Cougars (AAC/FBS) - Gosh, that Texas Tech loss stings so much right now. The Coogs have dismantled teams with an offense that will give any defensive coordinator nightmares and a defense that has Ed Oliver on it. The UCF vs UH title game is going to be so much fun to watch.

  3. Texas Longhorns (Big 12/FBS) - That was a rough defensive night for the Longhorns. They controlled their own destiny in terms of CFP rankings, but they were outplayed by a Cornelius. How do you not figure it out that the QB is going to keep it on every short yardage situation?! The Longhorns can still win the Big 12 and that journey restarts this Saturday against West Virginia.

  4. Houston Dynamo (MLS) - It was a disappointing season in the MLS, but your Dynamo won the U.S. Open Cup AND kept the Galaxy out of the MLS playoffs so that gives them a sweet ranking to end the season!

  5. Texas ATM (SEC/FBS) - Beating the Mississippi schools is a must if you want to do anything in the SEC West and the Aggies failed on Saturday. It was a tough spot, but I still have them fifth in the state because of marquee wins like Kentucky and only losing to Clemson by 2 points.

  6. San Antonio Spurs (NBA) - I mean they’re only 3-2 on the season, but the other Texas teams in the NBA are so bad that I have no choice but to put them up this high. I hope the Spurs have a good season and face-off against the Lakers in the playoffs so we can see if DeMar can exercise his LeBron East demons.

  7. Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Luka! Luka! Luka! Oh, they are also 2-4 on the season.

  8. Houston Rockets (NBA) - Carmelo is scoring and they look like like the Carmelo Knicks. Hard pass.

  9. MLB Free Agency (MLB) - Can’t wait for Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw to sign with the Astros.

  10. Texas Rangers (MLB) - Guys, stop trying to make everything about you. This World Series tweet was so dumb. Great stuff pointing out how big losers you are.

  11. Dallas Cowboys (NFL) - LOLOLOLOLOLOL Amari Cooper for a first?!?!

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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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