College football in Texas? It’s TCU and the Also-rans

Mid-November brings cool weather, thoughts of down-to-earth holiday meals and, more importantly, the excitement of college football’s end of the season.

Does Texas A&M present a challenge in the SEC? Does Texas make noise in the Big 12? Does Houston sneak into the Power Five discussion by rolling through the American Athletic Conference?

Eh, no.

Welcome to 2022.

This is a year that the state of Texas suspended the college football season. Texas and Texas A&M should be ashamed.

This soccer state has six men’s basketball teams ranked in the top 25.

OK, 10-0 TCU is deep in the national championship race and will be in the college football playoffs if it wins, but we all know the Horned Frogs aren’t about to win a national championship.

No other school in Texas is either.

That’s not the point of our Lone Star State slogan.

TCU is the lone star?

Football is too important in Texas for TCU to be the only representative in the national rankings.

Gosh, South Carolina, which has about 2 million fewer residents than Greater Houston, has two teams in the leaderboard.

Coastal Carolina is better than Texas and Texas A&M? Admit it, you’ve never heard of the Chanticleers.

Hiring the right head coach isn’t as easy as you might think, but how do Texas and Texas A&M keep going wrong?

Steve Sarkisian and Jimbo Fisher don’t win.

With unlimited resources, massive interest, fertile recruiting grounds, and most importantly, plenty of moolah, UT and A&M should regularly rank among the best in the nation.

Both are not even under discussion. Texas is 6-4 and fifth in the Big 12. A&M (3-7, 1-6 SEC) won’t even qualify for a bowl.

The Aggies have lost six straight games for the first time in 50 years and are 7-3 for the first time since 1980.

Thank goodness the University of Massachusetts, which has won three games in the last four years, is coming to College Station on Saturday.

Texas lost six straight games last year and didn’t make a bowl.

Sarkisian’s Year 2 in Texas wasn’t much better, but Sarkisian, who started 11-11 in Texas, has the guts to act like it’s better.

“Well, I’m thinking about where we were this time last year, which was a difficult situation,” he said. “I feel like we’ve made progress.”

Texas has moved from the back line of insignificance to the middle.

Sarkisian even ran off the field without singing “The Eyes of Texas” after an embarrassing meltdown in Oklahoma state a few weeks ago.

Sarkisian’s job is secure. Texas boosters don’t like to admit mistakes.

Fisher won’t be going anywhere any time soon either.

Although he was no better than the manager he replaced – in 58 games Kevin Sumlin’s record was 42-16; Fisher is 37-21 years old – A&M would have to raise over $85 million to buy his contract.

Poor state of Texas.