Onward And Upward: Texas Jumps To No. 6/7 In Polls

Head Coach <B>Mack Brown </B>arrived home around 4 a.m. Sunday from the 55-16 road kill at Stillwater and awoke to the news that Texas, after a remarkable two-week run, has vaulted to No. 6 (AP) and No. 7 (USA Today/ESPN) in the latest national rankings. It marks Texas&#146; first Top 10 appearance since dropping the Arkansas game on Sept. 13.

Even though Brown admits he doesn’t get much sleep this time of year, it’s no dream that Texas is a prime BCS at-large team should it win its final regular season games and OU advance to the Sugar Bowl.

"About the time you start talking about the national scene and what’s going to happen in the BCS, somebody’s gonna take your place," Brown said, "so you better keep your mouth shut and work hard to hit somebody and keep winning. So, we will not discuss anything more than the Oklahoma State game and preparing for (Texas) Tech today."

OU maintained its unanimous hold on the top spot in both rankings after crushing the Little Sisters of the Poor, er, Texas A&M 77-0 in Norman. It was the Aggies' worst loss in the 109-year history of the program. USC, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan round out the Top Five in both polls.

Other Big 12 schools listed are Nebraska at No. 15 (coaches)/No. 18 (AP) while Kansas State cracked the coaches’ poll at No. 25. Both Oklahoma State and Missouri dropped out after weekend losses. Texas Tech was among the handful of programs "also receiving votes."

Even though Brown is determined to keep the team’s post-season speculation in check, he still "wants them to be excited."

"They’re having more fun and this bunch plays better when they can enjoy themselves and be proud of what they do," Brown said. "I told them the staff and I went from being fired four weeks ago to being back in the mix, so let’s don’t get it back to where we’re fired again."

Texas is surging at the right time, especially when four Top 10 teams lost over the weekend. As someone who endured the living hell that was the 1991 Cotton Bowl, one of my favorite teams will always be whoever is playing against Miami. It’s always a good day when the ‘Canes are eliminated from the national title hunt and drop to their lowest AP rating (No. 14) in four years.

Finally, I’m old school enough to think its bizarre to see teams like Bowling Green, Boise State, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Illinois in the rankings while Notre Dame, Alabama and Penn State are nowhere on the college football radar screen. TCU, at No. 9/10, is college football’s most overrated program. The Frogs, who barely got past Tulane, would have at least five losses by now if they had Texas’ schedule.

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