Texas Steady In Coaches Poll; Drops A Spot in AP

Interesting how you can win by 59 points and still drop in the Associated Press ratings following the first full weekend of college football. Obviously, USC’s shutout at then-No. 6 Auburn so impressed sportswriters and broadcasters that the Trojans leap-frogged Texas to the No. 4 spot in the poll released Monday. The Horns fell from No. 5 to No. 6 following the 66-7 home-opening win against New Mexico State but maintained its No. 4 status in the USA-TODAY/ESPN (coaches) rankings.

Oklahoma held on to the top spot in both services following its 37-3 win over North Texas, but saw No. 2 Ohio State narrow the gap with its Maurice Clarett-less win over then No. 19 Washington. Miami checked in at No. 3 in both polls, followed by USC and Michigan in the AP and by Texas and USC in the coaches poll.

Kansas State is No. 6 in the coaches poll but dropped a spot to No. 7 in the AP rankings. Other Big 12 schools checking into the rankings are Colorado (No. 22 coaches poll; No. 24 AP) following its win over Colorado State and Nebraska (No. 23 AP, No. 24 coaches). After nearly a year’s absence, the Huskers entered the rankings following a 17-7 home "upset" of then No. 24 Oklahoma State. Previously, the program had spent a record 348 consecutive weeks in the AP poll until suffering losses at Penn State (40-7) and Iowa State (36-14) last September.

Also receiving votes, but failing to crack the Top 25, are Missouri, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

Texas is idle this weekend before facing former SWC rival Arkansas at 11 a.m. (CDT), September 13, on ABC.

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