Texas Falls To No. 9/11 After OU Setback

The Texas football team fell to No. 9 in the Associated Press (sports media) poll and to No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today (coaches) poll released Sunday following a 12-0 loss to Oklahoma in Saturday’s Red River Shootout.

Texas' first loss of the season marked the first time this year that the Horns fell out of the Top 10 in the coaches poll.

With a 23-17 win over California, USC remains on top of the polls. Oklahoma stays at No. 2 after its fifth straight win over the Horns. Miami rose to the No. 3 spot in both polls after Georgia’s 19-14 loss to Tennessee dropped the Bulldogs from the Top Five. After crushing Louisiana Tech, Auburn climbed to No. 4 in the polls followed by Purdue at No. 5.

Virginia moved up to No. 6 trailed by No. 7 Florida State. Claiming the No. 8 slot in the AP poll (No. 9 in Coaches), California ranks one spot ahead of the Longhorns. While Georgia fell from the top 10 in the AP poll, the Bulldogs held on to the No. 8 position in the Coaches poll. Wisconsin ranks No. 10 in the AP (No. 12 in Coaches), while Utah claims the final top 10 spot in the Coaches poll (No. 11 in AP).

While the Big 12 North continues to struggle, there are four Big 12 South Division teams (Texas, OU, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M) in at least one of the major polls this week. Coming off a 42-14 victory in Colorado, Oklahoma State rose to No. 15 in the Coaches poll (No. 16 in AP). For the first time this season, Texas A&M makes the polls with a No. 23 ranking in the AP poll, although a 34-3 thrashing of Iowa State was not enough to move the Aggies into the Coaches poll. Missouri, atop the Big 12 North standings, also returned to the polls with a No. 24 ranking in the Coaches poll (No. 26 in the AP). The Tigers visit Austin this Saturday for a 2:30 kick.

Texas coach Mack Brown has always maintained that polls should not be released until mid-October (much like BCS rankings that will appear later this month).

"We have to go to work on Missouri because this is the time of year polls begin to mean something," Brown said.

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