Good News/Bad News: Texas At No. 5/6 In Polls

The Texas football team rose two spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll but remained at No. 6 in the Associated Press poll after escaping Kansas with a 27-23 nailbiter, won in the last 11 seconds.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll
Associated Press poll

UT (9-1) remained one spot ahead of No. 6 Utah (10-0) in the Coaches poll (both teams jumped two spots from last week's rankings with the losses by previous No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 5 Georgia), while a 45-28 victory over Wyoming propelled the Utes above the Horns for the No. 5 slot in the AP poll after spending last week at No. 7.

USC (10-0) stayed atop both polls after crushing Arizona 49-9. With a convincing 24-6 win over Georgia, Auburn (10-0) received enough votes in the AP poll to tie Oklahoma (10-0) for the No. 2 position. OU remained one spot ahead of No. 3 Auburn in the Coaches poll following a 30-3 victory over Nebraska.

California (8-1) climbed to No. 4 in both polls after defeating Washington 42-12. Michigan (9-1) beat Northwestern 42-20, rose to No. 7 in both polls and is now the favorite to snag the Big 10's automatic BCS berth. Florida State (8-2; No. 10 in the AP) grabbed the No. 8 spot in the Coaches poll, while Louisville (7-1; No. 11 in Coaches) claimed the No. 8 position in the AP poll.

Previously-unbeaten Wisconsin (9-1) fell to No. 9 in the polls and out of the BCS picture after falling big to Michigan State, 49-14. Georgia (8-2) dropped to No. 10 in the Coaches poll (No. 11 in the AP).

Texas A&M (7-3) held onto its No. 22 position in both polls with an overtime win over Texas Tech (6-4). Oklahoma State (7-3) also saw no shift in the polls after the No. 23 Cowboys beat Baylor.

BCS standings will be released Monday morning. Utah's move up the polls is expected to be reflected in those standings, at least temporarily hurting the Horns' BCS bowl chances.

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