Surveying the football scene in Texas


College GameDay posed the question yesterday, and truth be told, I can't reason an answer in my head. So, I leave it up to you.

Who's the best team in Texas this year?

Is it undefeated Houston? The No. 11 Cougars are the highest-ranked team in Texas with a record-setter at quarterback in Case Keenum, but it's also the same team that beat UCLA by four, Louisiana Tech by one and UTEP by a touchdown. They haven't been tested, but there's a lot to be said for being one of just five undefeated teams remaining.

What about the lofty Longhorns? Texas has bounced back from last year's five-win campaign with six wins in eight games this year. While relying mostly on freshmen on offense, it has predictably gotten much better as the season's progressed. That's been especially true with 400 rushing yards in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1977 as they prepare for this week's game at Mizzou. The Longhorns also lead the Big 12 in total defense by a wide margin.

TCU is headed to the Big 12 next season. Are the Horned Frogs -- looming just outside the top 25 -- the state's best team after winning the Rose Bowl last season? TCU has losses to in-state foes Baylor and SMU, but a two-point loss to Baylor came with a 24-point comeback and the SMU loss was in overtime.

What about those Bears? Robert Griffin III has been one of the Big 12's best players this season, and a poor defense hasn't prevented Baylor from getting within one win of a second consecutive trip to a bowl game with four games still left this season.

And then, there are those SEC-bound Aggies. I'd argue A&M is the most talented team in this group, but it's also the group with the most losses. Three of them came with double-digit, second-half leads. Texas A&M's weakness has been pass defense and forcing turnovers, but it's physical, productive offense hasn't been enough to justify its preseason top 10 ranking.

So, who deserves the Texas state title?