The old Southwest Conference isn't looking too shabby these days:
- Houston #18 (7-0). L's - None; Notable W's - None
- Arkansas #8 (6-1). L's - Alabama #2 (8-0); Notable W's -Texas A&M, Auburn #38* (5-3)
- Texas A&M #16 (5-2). L's - Oklahoma St #4 (7-0), Arkansas ; Notable W's -Baylor, Texas Tech, SMU
- Texas Tech #22 (5-2). L's - Texas A&M, Kansas St #12 (7-0); Notable W's -Oklahoma #9 (6-1)
- Texas Christian #28* (5-2). L's - Baylor, SMU; Notable W's - None
- Southern Methodist #35* (5-2). L's - Texas A&M, Southern Miss #25 (6-1); Notable W's -TCU
- Texas #26* (4-2). L's - Oklahoma St #4 (7-0), Oklahoma #9 (6-1); Notable W's -BYU #34* (6-2)
- Baylor #29* (4-2). L's - Kansas St #12 (7-0), Texas A&M; Notable W's -TCU
- Rice (2-5). L's - Southern Miss #25 (6-1), Texas, Baylor, Tulsa (4-3) , Marshall (3-5); Notable W's - Purdue (4-3)
I'd hazard to say they're having their combined best records ever this late in the season (43-18. NOTEWORTHY: The only current conference non-conference losses ALL of these teams - including Rice, six total - have are to other former SWC opponents!!). With four teams in the top 25, and four other teams currently receiving votes (*unofficial ranking from "others receiving votes" in USA Today coaches poll) it should be interesting to see how many will finish the season ranked and if every team besides Rice will be going bowling.
Of the old SWC teams not on our schedule (Houston, Arkansas, SMU & TCU), which ones can you honestly say UT would have a better than 50-50 chance of defeating this season in their house? And same thing goes for the schools we will play (TAMU, TTU & Baylor)?
It will be interesting, and hopefully not too disappointing to see how we stack up against the other three we'll see for sure, in this, another challenging season for Longhorn faithful.