RAHEEL RAMZANALI

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?!?!

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

Houston now focused on postseason

Altuve and Correa homer, Astros drop final regular-season game

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With no playoff impact at stake if the Astros won or lost the game, Houston took Sunday's final regular-season game as a chance to get their lineup a few more at-bats before shifting focus to Tuesday's first game of the post-season. Here is a quick recap of the game against the Rangers:

Final Score: Rangers 8, Astros 4.

Record: 29-31, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Wes Benjamin (2-1, 4.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Chase De Jong (0-1, 14.73 ERA).

Houston's main bats get a final tune-up

Knowing they'd only have a couple of at-bats to work with, some of Houston's big bats took advantage, starting with Jose Altuve. He crushed a pitch in the top of the first, a solo homer to put the Astros in front 1-0. After the Rangers tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second, Altuve started the third with a walk before moving to third base on a Michael Brantley single, which improved Brantley's season average to .300.

Aledmys Diaz would pick up the RBI on a groundout to score Altuve, putting Houston back in front 2-1. In Correa's last at-bat in the top of the fourth, he extended the lead to 3-1 with a solo home run of his own.

Rangers hand Astros a loss to end the regular season

After getting the early run against Chase De Jong, the Rangers would put together a big inning against him in the fourth. After two one-out singles, Rougned Odor would give Texas their first lead of the day on a three-run homer to make it 4-3.

De Jong would continue to struggle in the inning, getting just one more out while loading the bases, prompting a move to the bullpen to bring in Nivaldo Rodriguez to try and eat up more innings. The Rangers greeted him with a two-RBI single to extend their lead to 6-3 before ending the fourth. Odor would hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, a solo shot to make it a four-run lead at 7-3.

Rodriguez allowed another run in the bottom of the seventh, making it 8-3. Diaz, who drove in a run earlier, would account for another RBI in the top of the eighth, getting Houston's third solo homer of the day. That would make it an 8-4 game, which would go final as the Rangers would win the regular season's last game.

Up Next: Houston's first game of the playoffs will be on Tuesday, with the start time and opponent TBD while the rest of today's games wrap up, and the schedule is announced. Regardless, the Astros are expected to begin that best-of-three series with Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome