For the sixth straight Sunday morning after a weekend full of college football action, there’s no movement at the top of our Best in Texas rankings. Texas, the preseason No. 1 in our poll, stayed put as the unanimous choice after an impressive road win over West Virginia. The Longhorns’ attention now shifts to rival Oklahoma, Texas’ opponent next week at the Cotton Bowl.
But even though there wasn’t any movement in the No. 1 spot doesn’t mean there weren’t shake-ups elsewhere in our poll. After finding its way into the AP top 25 for the first time since 2016, Baylor also reached its highest spot in this year’s Best in Texas poll. The Bears jumped SMU to become No. 2 in the poll after more than doubling up Kansas State in Manhattan.
SMU may have dropped a spot and fallen back to No. 3 (which also marked the end of an impressive five-week run where the Mustangs moved up at least one spot every week in the poll), but it wasn’t on account of the Mustangs losing on the field. SMU remained unbeaten after claiming a 3OT win in a game against Tulsa where the Mustangs trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The other movement in the poll came at the No. 5 spot, where Texas Tech moved up two spots from No. 7 to No. 5 after an impressive win over Oklahoma State. The Cowboys entered Lubbock in the AP top 25, but ended up walking away with a second loss of the season. The Red Raiders replaced TCU in the No. 5 spot. The Horned Frogs had a disappointing showing in Ames over the weekend, losing to Iowa State by 25 points.
Texas A&M was idle over the weekend and remained in the No. 5 spot.
This week’s full poll can be found below:
1. Texas: 144 (12)
2. Baylor: 130
3. SMU: 121
4. Texas A&M: 105
5. Texas Tech: 100
6. TCU: 84
7. Houston: 72
8. North Texas: 60
9. Texas State: 48
10. UTSA: 34
11. Rice: 25
12. UTEP: 13
This week’s Best in Texas panelists (click names to view their Twitter accounts): Scott Bell, Sam Blum, Alex Briseno, Chuck Carlton, Spenser Davis, Selby Lopez, Grant McGalliard, Alex Miller, Brice Paterik, Jose Rodriguez, Kevin Sherrington, Brett Vito.
1. Texas (4-1)
In his first five games this season, junior QB Sam Ehlinger has thrown for 1,448 yards and amassed 1,684 yards total offense, the best start in Texas history. (Chuck Carlton)
2. Baylor (5-0)
Baylor’s defense had another impressive display against Kansas State as the Bears moved to 5-0 on the season. But the status of Charlie Brewer is still unknown and Texas Tech is up next. (Selby Lopez)
3. SMU (6-0)
The Mustangs came back from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to stun Tulsa and keep their perfect season alive. SMU is bowl eligibile entering the first bye week. (Sam Blum)
4. Texas A&M (3-2)
The Aggies used their bye week to shore up lingering internal issues. Now A&M returns to “the gauntlet” and hosts No. 1 Alabama this Saturday, it’s second game against a top-ranked team this year. (Alex Miller)
5. Texas Tech (3-2)
Jordyn Brooks led a stout defensive performance as Tech forced 5 turnovers against OSU. Jett Duffey made great strides as a passer and helped Tech pull away late. (Brice Paterik)
6. TCU (3-2)
After giving up 49 points to Iowa State and struggling on offense for much of the game, TCU’s second bye week of the year can’t come soon enough. (Grant McGalliard)
7. Houston (2-3)
Houston had a bye week after getting back in the win column vs. UNT. Now comes the chance to make a statement vs. Cincinnati (4-1), which just upset UCF. (Jose Rodriguez)
8. North Texas (2-3)
North Texas returns to Conference USA play off a bye and will face Southern Miss in a showdown of top contenders in the West Division. Both are 1-0 in C-USA play. (Brett Vito)
9. UTSA (2-3)
Freshman running back Sincere McCormick rushed for a school-record 189 yards on 22 carries in a 26-16 victory over UTEP, including a 51-yard touchdown run. (Chuck Carlton)
10. Texas State (2-3)
The Bobcats benefited from the bye week and now have a pivotal home game against Louisiana-Monroe to try to get back to .500 at the halfway point of the season. (Alex Miller)
11. Rice (0-6)
At 0-6, the Owls are the state’s lone winless team. Stretching back to last season, they have lost 17 of their last 18 games. After an off week, Rice will try and end its slump vs. UTSA. (Scott Bell)
12. UTEP (1-4)
Senior Brandon Jones went 14 of 22 for 140 yards and led two touchdown drives in relief of starting QB Kai Locksley, but it wasn’t enough in a 26-16 loss to UTSA. (Chuck Carlton)