Thanks to A&M’s fourth-quarter rally at Auburn we don’t have to find a new No. 1. This week’s state rankings:
1. Texas A&M (6-1) | Last week: 1
If this were an Aggies team like we’ve seen in recent years, we might be looking for a new No. 1. But this year’s team is different. Behind against Auburn on the road? No problem. Seventeen unanswered points in the fourth quarter and the CFP talk is still alive. Ahead is Ole Miss (if cleared) at Kyle Field this week and at Tennessee.
2. TCU (5-4) | Last week: 3
The Horned Frogs finished with a winning record in the Big 12 after upsetting No. 15 Oklahoma State. TCU, which was 3-6 in conference last year, will play La. Tech in a non-conference game to finish the season.
3. Texas (6-3) | Last week: 4
Whomever is coaching the Longhorns next season got a good glimpse of the future (Bijan Robinson, in particular) in the Longhorns’ 69-31 win at Kansas State. Texas finishes at Kansas and then awaits its bowl fate. We might hear about Tom Herman’s fate, too.
4. UTSA (7-4) | Last week: 2
UTSA is waiting on a bowl bid and will be closely watching UAB’s game at Rice on Saturday. If UAB wins, it will be 3-1 in C-USA play and get the edge over UTSA (5-2) for the West title based on better winning percentage.
5. Rice (2-2) | Last week: 10
The Owls’ 20-0 win at No. 21 Marshall might have been the best performance of the week. We can only guess how good Rice would have been this year. They are currently set to finish against UAB.
6. SMU (7-3) | Last week: 5
The Mustangs’ season appears over after they canceled Saturday’s game with UH because of COVID-19 issues.
7. Houston (3-3) | Last week: 6
The Cougars haven’t lost in a month. But they’ve only played once since beating South Florida with three postponements/cancellations in a row. Defensive lineman Payton Turner said on Saturday he tested positive about three weeks ago and still doesn’t have his sense of taste back. The Cougars will try once again at Memphis.
8. Texas Tech (4-6) | Last week: 7
Coach Matt Wells had to stay at home after a positive COVID-19 test. Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson filled in and his unit had stopped Kansas on fourth down twice in the final five minutes to preserve a 16-13 win. Tech’s season is over and the Raiders have had five consecutive losing seasons.
9. Baylor (2-6) | Last week: 8
The Bears put up a good fight against No. 11 Oklahoma, but it wasn’t enough. Dave Aranda finishes his first season at home next week against Oklahoma State.
10. North Texas (3-5) | Last week: 9
The good news for the Mean Green: Jaelon Darden leads FBS with 15 receiving TDs. The bad news: That’s not enough. After a loss to La. Tech on Thursday, North Texas is set to finish against UTEP.
11. Texas State (2-10) | Last week: 11
The Bobcats finished the season last week and are looking ahead to signing day.
12. UTEP (3-4) | Last week: 12
The Miners have had five of their last six games canceled or postponed. They will try again on Friday against North Texas.