TCU holds down the top spot in the state's rankings of college football teams

TCU holds the top spot. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

A lot is shifting in the landscape of Texas FBS football. Find out which direction your team is trending.

Texas has 12 FBS teams. Each week we will rank them based on season-long performance, the prior game, and success relative to their competition. These are the updated rankings heading into Week 3 of the college football season.

No. 12: UTEP

The winless streak for UTEP continues as they lost big time to UNLV, and are faced with the almost hopeless task of keeping up with the University of Tennessee in Week 3. They may be able to break their cringe worthy streak at some point this season, but I would assume they hold onto that hope for another week.

No. 11: UTSA

UTSA will be heading into week 3 with an 0-2 record and I do not expect them to get their first win vs. Big 12 opponent Kansas State next weekend.

No. 10: Texas State

Texas State won their first game of the season against Texas Southern in a 36-20 victory, but are looking at a tough Week 3 opponent in Louisiana Lafayette who defeated the Bobcats 24-7 last season. More wins may be in store for this hopeful program, but a lot of things would have to go their way for that to come in Week 3.

No. 9: SMU

SMU dropped big time in the rankings after another poor outing for the second week in a row. After losing 46-23 in Week 1 to North Texas, not much changed in Week 2 for the Mustangs as they lost 42-12 to TCU. We can expect things to get worse before they get better for SMU, as they head into a Week 3 matchup vs. 19th ranked Michigan.

No. 8: Rice

Despite winning their first game of the season, the Owls have now lost two in a row. Rice fell 43-29 to Hawaii, but have a potentially favorable matchup vs. Southern Miss this coming weekend.

No. 7: Texas Tech

Despite being without starting quarterback McLance Carter after an early Week 1 injury, the Red Raiders were able to pick up their first win of the season in blowout fashion. FCS opponent Lamar University was no match for Tech as they went on to give up 77 points. Texas Tech will have their work cut out for them in Week 3 vs. a so far impressive looking Houston team, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury can expect his seat to get fairly hot if he is not able to lock down an early season win for the home crowd.

No. 6: Baylor

After an abysmal season in 2017, Baylor has already surpassed their win totals with a 2-0 record to start off 2018. On their way to securing the No. 6 spot in this week’s rankings, the Bears defeated UTSA 37-20 in week 2 and look to take down Duke University in Week 3. Duke is also off to a 2-0 start this season with victories of Army and Northwestern, so this will be Baylor’s toughest test yet. A win vs. Duke would provide the Bears with significant momentum heading into Big 12 play.

No. 5: Texas

UT and head coach Tom Herman got the monkey off their backs after winning their first game of 2018 against the University of Tulsa. The Longhorns had their exciting moments throughout the game but scared fans when they allowed Tulsa within 7 points in the fourth quarter. The Longhorns' excitement was probably short lived as they turn their attention to the difficult matchup vs. USC in Week 3. Texas will welcome the 22nd-ranked Trojans to Austin this coming weekend, and hope to bring a little excitement back to their home crowd with a big upset victory.

No. 4 Texas A&M

Though the Aggies lost a heartbreaker to No. 2 ranked Clemson this past weekend, there is still a lot of optimism and excitement surrounding the team. Texas A&M fought down to the wire against Clemson and fell just short after they were not able to complete a two-point conversion that would have tied the game in the final seconds. The Aggies will have a much less strenuous weekend in Week 3 as they face off against the University of Louisiana Monroe, and will get a chance to regroup before taking on No. 1 overall Alabama in Week 4.

No. 3: Houston

Taking over the No. 3 ranking on this week’s list is the University of Houston. The Cougars made a statement in Week 2 after defeating the University of Arizona with new head coach Kevin Sumlin 45-18. Junior quarterback D’Eriq King lit up the stat sheet with a six touchdown performance, four of which came through the air and two on the ground. Coach Major Applewhite and the Cougars have another chance to collect a statement win in Week 3, as they will be facing Big 12 opponents Texas Tech. With a win against the Red Raiders, Houston would hold claim to two victories over teams from power five conferences.

No. 2 UNT

With another impressive performance on both sides of the ball for UNT, they are able to secure the No. 2 position on this list. While only allowing 16 points, North Texas scored 58 points in Week 2 to add to their 46 point performance in week 1. Though the Mean Green have carried the momentum over from their successful 2017 campaign, they will be facing their first real test of 2018 when they travel to Fayetteville to face their SEC opponent, the Arkansas Razorbacks. We will soon see what coach Littrell and his team are truly made of.

No. 1: TCU

For a third week in a row, TCU claims the No. 1 spot in the Texas FBS rankings. The Horned Frogs dominated SMU this past weekend on their way to a 42-12 win and continued their impressive start to the 2018 season. With that said, TCU will face arguably their most difficult opponents of the season this coming weekend, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. This game has the potential to go either very well or very poorly for TCU, and I believe the outcome will be significantly based on their ability to limit their mistakes vs. one of the most talented and explosive teams in the nation.


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Here's what Davante Adams' big day against the Texans really proved

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Seven weeks into the season, Bradley Roby has been the sole bright spot playing for a secondary that has been subpar at best. He entered Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers trailing only Eric Murray for the most tackles as a defensive back, while owning the Houston Texans' only interception of the season.

During his media availability on Thursday, Roby spoke about having the Texans' confidence to trust him as the primary defender shadowing the opposing team's best receiver.

And with Davante Adams coming to NRG Stadium with Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, Roby had an opportunity to illustrate why Houston's coaching staff have so much faith in him.

Three plays into the game, Roby sustained a knee injury that sidelined him the rest of the afternoon. In his absence, the Texans felt his importance competing with a depleted secondary.

Adams would go on to have a career day against the Texans. He recorded a career-best 196 receiving yards on 13-of-18 targets and two touchdowns — as the Packers handed the Texans a 35-20 loss on Sunday.

Had the Fort Worth native avoided the injury, would it have resulted in a victory for the Texans? Perhaps not. It is always hard for a team to come away victorious after going scoreless during the first half, but Roby would have limited the destruction caused by Adams. Rogers completed four deep passes where he recorded 28 or more yards, with Adams being the recipient of three.

Not only did Houston have to deal with the effects of not having their best corner shadow one of the league's premier receivers, but the team was not prepared to battle without Roby, according to Michael Thomas following the loss.

"When you lose your starting corner like that, it's going to affect [the team]," Thomas said. "Anytime you have to make adjustments. If you're not prepared, and you don't have the right mindset, then you're probably not going to get the right results you want. Maybe we could have done it a little sooner, but you definitely miss a guy like Roby. You plan on having your number one guy go against their number one guy all the time."

Roby's premature exit left the Texans with a gaping void to slowdown Rodgers and the Packers without two of their projected starting corners. Gareon Conley — who revived his career during the second half of last season — has yet to play a single snap for Houston in 2020 as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.

Their lackluster performance on Sunday showcased the lack of depth and talent the Texans have in the secondary. And with the trade deadline a week away, it may be in the Texans' best interest to invest in a young defensive back they can build around in the future — especially considering the timetable on Conley's return remains unknown.

Interim head coach Romeo Crennel said on Monday that the team is hoping Roby's injury is short-term and hopes to have their top corner make his return following the bye.

At 1-6 on the year, all the Texans have left to play for is pride as they close out the remaining nine games of the season, and the best way is to prevent another receiver from recording nearly 200 yards in a single game.

For this vulnerable secondary, it is a feat easier said than done. And with the talents of Jarvis Landry, T.Y. Hilton, and A.J. Brown remaining on the schedule, it is only best for Roby to make his return to the field sooner rather than later.

"I take pride in it. It's an opportunity that not a lot of guys get throughout the league, and I'm thankful for that. Just to be able to go against the best and try my best for the team and see how I match up. I'm very thankful for that." — Roby.

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