Texas' strength of schedule is allowing them to hang around the Top 25 in most of the computer rankings... but I can't in good faith do it after the collapse we witnessed on Saturday. On top of their miserable performance on Saturday, the number of key Longhorns who are injured is piling up, the schedule ahead is filled with dangerous offenses, and not a single Longhorn fan would be surprised if the wheels just come apart for this team. After opening Big 12 play with a 1-2 record, the Longhorns have now lost 13 of their last 19 conference games and are back out of the Top 25. For reasons unknown, Texas opened as a 13-point favorite over Baylor, a number which has dropped to 10. Still not a bad value bet, if you're willing to bet against burnt orange.
Let's move on to the teams that actually made an appearance in this week's rankings:
* There are other contenders, but I've seen nothing to move Alabama and Oregon from their perches atop the rankings at this point.
* Since (unbelievably) it actually happened last year, let's take a moment to quickly assess the chances of another "rematch" tragedy. Sadly, it's well within the realm of possibilities at this point. All it would take is Florida running the table, Alabama running the table, Florida edging Alabama in a tight SEC Championship Game, and a single loss to Notre Dame, K-State, and Oregon. Voila. Rematch! If Texas melts down as well, this season could be unwatchable by the end of it all. Depressing.
* Am I overrating Oregon State? ADT2's algorithm thinks so (No. 20), but on pure resume alone the Beavers check in at No. 8 on Sagarin's ratings, with four wins over Top 40 teams, three of them on the road. We'll see how they hold up, but they defend the run and that tall, lanky quarterback is better than he looks like he should be.
* So, uh, Art Kaufman is doing okay in Lubbock, huh? After Saturday's dominant performance shutting down the previously unstoppable Mountaineers, the Red Raiders are allowing a paltry 3.9 yards per play on the season, 4th nationally behind Alabama, Florida State, and LSU. What about Texas' defense? Are you sure you wanna know? Make sure you're sitting down: 6.4 yards per play, 113th nationally.