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Where does your team stand? Updating the 12 Texas FBS college football teams after Nov. 18 games

TCU held on to the top spot. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Texas has 12 FBS teams. Each week we will rank them based on season-long performance, the prior game, and success relative to their level. These are the rankings after Nov. 18 games. 

No. 12: UTEP

The Miners showed some signs of life on Saturday. And by that, we mean they only lost by 20.

No. 11: Rice

The Owls showed some signs of life against Old Dominion. And by that we mean they covered the spread in a 24-21 loss.

No. 10: Texas State

The Bobcats got drilled by Arkansas State and face a tougher test next week with Troy.

No. 9: Baylor

The Bears fell to Iowa State and will wrap a dismal season with a loss to TCU next week.

No. 8: UTSA

The Road Runners knocked off a solid Marshall team in a 9-7 slugfest.

No. 7: Texas Tech

No shame in losing to TCU, but the Red Raiders did not even try.

No. 6: SMU

The season is slowly spiraling out of control for the Ponies, who were blown out by Memphis.

No. 5: Houston

Tulane? You lost to Tulane? There are not enough shame bells in the world for Major Applewhite and the Cougars.

No. 4: North Texas 

The Mean Green are likely headed for the C-USA championship game and are playing solid football. They survived OT against a really good Army team and moved up a few spots.

No. 3: Texas

The Longhorns are now bowl eligible after getting a nice road win at West Virginia.

No. 2: Texas A&M

The Aggies won at Mississippi to get to 7-4. Will need to upset LSU to get to yet another 8-4 finish. 

No. 1: TCU

The Frogs got back on track by dominating Texas Tech.

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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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