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 years 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.