Texas Climbs To No. 6 In Polls

The Texas football team rose to No. 6 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll released Sunday. The Longhorns' climb from last week's No. 7 (AP) and No. 8 (Coaches) position comes after the narrow 22-20 victory over Arkansas in front of a record crowd at Razorback Stadium Saturday night.

USC holds its top position in both polls following a romp over Colorado State. Oklahoma, the only other Big 12 team to break the Top 25, remains at No. 2.

The Big 12 took a beating in the polls this weekend with losses by formerly ranked teams Kansas State (45-21 loser to Fresno State) and Missouri (17-10 upset at Troy). K-State is the top team in the Others Receiving Votes category in both polls (just ahead of 2-0 Oklahoma State), but with both the Wildcats and Tigers falling out of polls, this week's rankings mark the first time in the nine-year history of the league that the Big 12 had fewer than three ranked teams. Meanwhile, Southern Miss's 21-17 victory at unranked Nebraska saw the Cornhuskers fall to a non-conference opponent at home for the first time since 1991.

Narrowly escaping with a victory at South Carolina, Georgia holds on to the No. 3 spot. Miami moved up a spot to No. 4 in the AP poll while holding at No. 5 in the Coaches poll after defeating Florida State in overtime Friday. LSU rose to No. 5 in the AP and stayed at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. West Virginia, ranked 10th in both polls last week, climbed to No. 7 (AP) and No. 8 (Coaches).

Florida State's loss dropped the Seminoles from the top 10 in the Coaches poll (to No. 11), but only to No. 8 in the AP. Ohio State grabbed the No. 9 (AP) and No. 7 (Coaches) slot. Both polls grant California the 10th spot.

The Horns get a breather, heading into the first of two bye weekends this season. Texas hosts Rice 6 p.m., September 25 in a Fox Sports Southwest telecast.

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