Horns Drop To No. 14 In AP Poll

Texas’ 48-7 bashing of winless Rice did nothing to impress the Associated Press’ panel of sports writers and broadcasters, who dropped the Horns a notch to No. 14 in the latest poll released Sunday. Texas remained at No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today (coaches) poll.

Oklahoma maintained its grip on the top spot after dispatching UCLA in Norman, followed by Miami, USC, Ohio State and Florida State in both rankings. Kansas State took the biggest tumble of all Big 12 teams, falling from No. 6 to No. 16 in both polls following a home loss to Marshall.

Other conference schools listed among the nation’s elite include Nebraska (No. 11 coaches, No. 15 AP) and No. 22 Missouri (both polls). Texas A&M, formerly at No. 20 in the coaches poll, dropped out following its Thursday loss at Virginia Tech.

With all of the upsets in the Top 10, you figured Texas might have risen a notch or two this week. But that will begin to take care of itself if Texas can (as SE Roy Williams predicted last week) run the table. The Horns face a respectable 3-1 Tulane team (6 p.m. CDT, TBS telecast) at DKR Saturday. The Green Wave’s only loss was its season-opening setback to No. 19 TCU. The Tulane game, of course, is followed by that critical stretch of back-to-back games against Kansas State and Oklahoma.

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