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?!?!

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Houston gets the best of the Dodgers

Astros behind McCullers Jr. get shutout win in hostile Dodger Stadium

Yordan Alvarez added some big insurance runs against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Having dropped two of three in San Francisco against the league record-leading Giants over the weekend, the Astros exited an off day on Monday and entered a hostile environment at Dodger Stadium in the first of a two-game series on Tuesday night. With some timely hits and an excellent start from their starter, Houston would grab the win.

Final Score: Astros 3, Dodgers 0

Astros' Record: 65-42, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (9-2)

Losing Pitcher: Walker Buehler (11-2)

Houston scores first as McCullers Jr. out-duels Buehler

After nearly turning the game's very first pitch around for a home run but instead going foul, Jose Altuve still started the game with a single in the top of the first. A double play would erase him, though, as the game remained scoreless into the top of the third. Martin Maldonado led that inning off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch by Walker Buehler, then scored on an RBI double by Michael Brantley, putting Houston ahead 1-0.

Houston threatened again in the top of the fourth, getting two on with two outs, bringing up Martin Maldonado with an empty base, which the Dodgers would use by intentionally walking him to get to Lance McCullers Jr., who grounded out to strand all three runners. He made up for it on the mound, though, out-dueling Buehler, who finished six innings while allowing a run by getting into the seventh scoreless. He would get two outs into that frame while giving up a single and a walk, leaving two on base for Blake Taylor, who came in to get the third out. McCullers Jr.'s final line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 110 P.

Alvarez adds insurance as Astros take the opener in LA

Clinging to the one-run lead in the top of the eighth, Carlos Correa worked a one-out walk to bring Yordan Alvarez to the plate, who demolished a 415-foot two-run homer to add two big insurance runs, extending the lead to 3-0. Kendall Graveman took over out of the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth and, despite allowing a leadoff single and hitting a batter, was able to finish a scoreless inning.

With Ryan Pressly on the paternity list, Houston handed the ball to Ryne Stanek to close things out in the bottom of the ninth. He would get the job done, earning the save by retiring the Dodgers in order, giving the Astros the win at the dismay of the fans in Los Angeles.

Up Next: This short series's second and final game will begin thirty minutes earlier on Wednesday at 8:40 PM Central. For the Dodgers, they will get the debut of Max Scherzer (8-4, 2.76 ERA), while Jake Odorizzi (4-5, 4.30 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros.

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