Texas FBS Football Rankings

Through 4 weeks the top programs in Texas begin to distinguish themselves from the pack while others fight to stay relevant

Tom Herman and the Longhorns are on the move. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Texas has 12 FBS teams. Each week we rank them based on season-long performance, the prior game, and success relative to their competition. These are the updated rankings following Week 4 and looking forward to Week 5.

No. 12: UTEP  

In their best performance of the season thus far the Miners lost by 7 points to New Mexico state. UTEP now remains as the only FBS team in Texas without a win.

No. 11: Texas State

Texas State lost by just 4 points to UTSA in week 4 and now sit at 1-3. The Bobcats will have their bye week this coming weekend before they face Louisiana Lafayette, who will be at the mercy of No.1 ranked Alabama in week 5.

No. 10: Rice

The Owls suffered another big loss in Week 4 to Southern Mississippi 40-22. Rice has now lost three straight games since their week 1 victory over Prairie View A&M and has failed to hold any of their opponents to under 40 points in the last three games. The Owls will have a tough matchup against Wake Forest in week 5 but hope to break this trend.

No. 9: UTSA

The Road Runners claimed their first victory of 2018 in Week 4 over Texas State University and jump two spots in this week’s rankings. While they won by just 4 points, a win is a win and the Road Runners will have momentum heading into their week 5 game vs. 0-4 UTEP.

No. 8: SMU

SMU holds the No. 8 spot for a second week after their 1-point victory over Navy. The even bigger news the Mustangs than their first win is the change at quarterback. After three straight losses, 2017 starter Ben Hicks was benched for Freshman William Brown. Through two appearances this season, Brown has thrown four touchdown passes and has brought some life to this struggling SMU team. The Mustangs will have a very good opportunity in Week 5 to get their second win of the season vs. Houston Baptist university.

No. 7: Baylor

The Baylor Bears continue their solid start in 2018 after a 26-7 win over Kansas. Sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer looks to have cemented his role as the starting quarterback with over 200 yards passing and his second three-touchdown performance. Baylor will have their work cut out for them in Week 5 as they will go up against No. 6 Oklahoma in Norman.

No. 6: Houston

After a disappointing loss in week 4 when the Cougars gave up 63 points to Texas Tech, UH bounced back with a 70-point performance of their own vs. Texas Southern. While Houston continues to regain momentum as they head into conference play, they will have a favorable matchup coming up against a Tulsa team that has not won a game since Week 1. Also, quarterback D’Eriq King continues to prove that he is one of the most talented and efficient quarterbacks in the nation. King currently has the ninth most passing yards in the nation with 15 touchdowns and only 1 interception.

No. 5: TCU

TCU drops three spots after suffering their second straight loss. The Horned Frogs came out of the gate strong this season and looked like an early season favorite to compete for the Big 12 conference title but have quickly dropped off the college football map with consecutive losses to Ohio State and Texas. The bad news for TCU is their upcoming schedule for the next three weeks. They will have to fight through the some of the Big 12’s most disruptive and competitive teams starting with an Iowa State team who handed TCU one of their only two losses last season. It will be interesting to see how young quarterback Shawn Robinson bounces back after turning the ball over three times in Week 4 vs. Texas.

No. 4: Texas Tech

The Red Raiders climb up to the No. 4 position after an impressive Week 4 victory over what was an undefeated Oklahoma State team. Texas Tech dominated in a 41-17 win, while Freshman quarterback Alan Bowman lit up the stat sheet one more time with almost 400 yards passing and two touchdowns. Tech was able to crack the Top 25 with their victory over the Cowboys but are set to face arguably their toughest opponent so far this season in No. 12 West Virginia. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his re-energized team will enter into Week 5 with a chance to collect another statement win and quiet the rumors surrounding Kingsbury’s job security.

No. 3: Texas A&M

While Texas A&M was handed their second loss of the season, the Aggies deserve some grace considering the fact that those losses came by the hand of two of the nation’s top teams, Alabama and Clemson. Though the Aggies were not able to compete with Alabama like they were with Clemson, there is still no team in the nation that has faced two tougher opponents this early in the season. In Week 5, Texas A&M will have a chance to get back to their winning ways as they go up against an Arkansas team that has gotten trampled in their last two games, first by the University of North Texas 44-17 and then by Auburn 34-3. A&M would like to be the next team to add to the suffering and should be expected to do so.

No. 2: Texas

For the second weekend in a row, the Longhorns have surprised the nation and dominated a Top 25 ranked opponent. After their big Week 3 win over USC, Texas kept the ball rolling vs. TCU with a 31-16 victory. TCU had beaten the Longhorns 5 out of the last 6 seasons since 2012, but 2018 may mark the turning of the tides. Texas overmatched the Horned Frogs on both sides of the ball and looked like a team who will demand respect for the rest of the season. The Longhorns will have to try not to get too far ahead of themselves in Week 5 vs. a struggling Kansas State team, with their Week 6 rivalry game vs. Oklahoma looming in the near future.

No. 1: UNT

North Texas stays put in the No. 1 spot for a second week in a row and remains the only undefeated FBS team in Texas. While many people question UNT’s validity as a legitimate program in comparison to the other top tier teams in Texas, there is no way to overlook the fact that the Mean Green have yet to be held to less than 40 points in a single game this season. Not only has UNT dominated on the offensive side of the ball on the shoulders of quarterback Mason Fine who has the 6th most passing yards in college football, their defense also ranks in the top 20 in all of college football. This team can do it all and deserves to be taken seriously.

 

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After splitting the first two games of the series, with one team or the other putting on a solid offensive performance in each, the Astros tried to win their fourth series in their last five by taking the rubber game on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Thanks in part to a big day from Kyle Tucker, who played a significant role in the early offense they used to power to the win, they would accomplish their mission.

Final Score: Astros 7, Blue Jays 4

Astros' Record: 18-16, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Nate Pearson (0-1)

Kyle Tucker helps lead the offense to seven unanswered runs

Houston did not go easy on Nate Pearson in his 2021 debut. After a scoreless first, the Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a single, then brought the first run of the day home on an RBI walk by Michael Brantley. Another walk opened the door in the bottom of the third, and Kyle Tucker capitalized with an RBI triple to make it 2-0, followed by an RBI single by Robel Garcia to make it a three-run lead, ending Pearson's day one out into the bottom of the third.

Things didn't get easier for Toronto's pitching in the next inning, as Jose Altuve would lead off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer. A single and a walk then set up another big hit for Kyle Tucker, a three-run dinger to make it seven unanswered runs and giving Tucker four RBI on the day.

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That made it a 7-4 game, and with Greinke still not having recorded an out in the frame, Dusty Baker would lift him at 88 pitches in favor of Bryan Abreu, who would get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and keep the lead at three runs. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 88 P.

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Up Next: The Astros will stay at home to continue this homestand, welcoming in the Angels for three games starting Monday at 7:10 PM Central. The opener will feature a pitching matchup of Alex Cobb (1-2, 5.48 ERA) for Los Angeles and Luis Garcia (0-3, 3.28 ERA) for Houston.

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