Southwestern Oklahoma State tops state college football power poll

by Scott Munn Published: October 8, 2013

The Oklahoman's state college football power poll for Week 5:

1. Southwestern (3-2): If the Bulldogs want to hang with powerful Henderson State, then they need quarterback Dustin Stenta to bounce back from last week's subpar outing against Ouachita Baptist (Ark.). Next: 2 p.m. Saturday at No. 8-ranked Henderson State, Ark. (5-0)

2. East Central (2-3): Spencer Bond, a sophomore QB from Madill, has a bright future. He tops the Tigers in passing, rushing and touchdowns. Next: Oct. 19 vs. Northwestern (0-5)

3. Southeastern (1-4): The bus ride from Durant is long, even boring. Once the Savage Storm stretches out, it will likely snap a four-game skid this weekend. Next: 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Nazarene (0-5)

4. Central Oklahoma (0-5): Bronchos coach Nick Bobeck offered a glimpse of the future during Saturday's loss to Missouri Western. True freshman running back Jake Gandara and redshirt freshman quarterback T.J. Eckert were pretty impressive. Bobeck said he is excited about several youngsters on the roster, some who are redshirting this season. Next: 1 p.m. at No. 3-ranked Northwest Missouri (5-0)

5. Bacone (3-2): Bacone comes off a bye week. Rested and healed, the Warriors should not have much trouble getting back on track Saturday. Next: 2 p.m. at Wayland Baptist, Texas (0-5)

6. Langston (0-4): The Lions begin the Central States Football League portion of the schedule this Saturday. Do not be surprised to see Langston run the table and win the next six. Then again, Bacone will have a say in the Lions' title plans. Next: 2 p.m. Saturday at Southwestern Assemblies of God, Texas (2-2)

7. Panhandle State (2-4): The first half of the Aggies' schedule was not easy. Included in four losses was a 75-0 whipping at Lamar and a 47-14 loss at Montana. Last weekend, Panhandle State got the opportunity to put the accelerator down against Wayland Baptist (62-21), and there's a good chance it will do it again this week against the Steers of Texas College. Next: 1 p.m. Saturday vs. Texas College (1-3)

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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