Texas A&M took the week off, but they held their spot at the top ranked Texas team in AP’s Top 25 college football poll. The Aggies did drop two spots in their down time, as Wisconsin and Oklahoma State jumped them. A&M hosts Idaho on Saturday before a tough four-week run that includes home games against Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arkansas and No. 19 Baylor. Their one game against an unranked team is a visit to Lubbock, where Texas Tech is always tough for the Aggies.
Baylor does follow A&M as the second highest ranked Texas team, and like the Aggies they took the week off after an impressive win. Unlike Texas A&M they didn’t lose any ground, but with cupcake matchups Stephen F. Austin and Rice the next two weeks, they’d better impress. Baylor’s schedule takes a serious turn for the tougher with that matchup on October 15 in College Station. They could enter that game 5-0.
A week ago Texas and TCU concluded the poll – in that order. Voters were more impressed with the Frogs’ showing at Air Force, jumping them to No. 23, one spot ahead of the stationary Longhorns. TCU should have smooth sailing for several weeks, with only home contests against SMU and BYU standing in their way before their November 12 showdown in Boise.
Texas should have revenge on their minds next week, as they take on UCLA in Los Angeles. Their showing at home against the Bruins was the first serious red flag for what was to come in their 5-7 season in 2010, and they will hope that a win in that game this season gains them some separation from that forgettable stretch. They follow that game with an off stretch, then flow through their Big 12 schedule.
Houston was third among others receiving votes, or in essence No. 28. They won handily at North Texas, but did not put the game away until late.