Texas A Solid No. 2 Heading Into Ohio State

Texas held form at the No. 2 spot in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll released Tuesday after crushing Louisiana-Lafayette, 60-3, in the season opener Saturday.

The latest polls ensure that, at least from a rankings point of view, Saturday's tilt at Ohio State should be one for the ages. Coming off a 34-14 victory over Miami (Ohio), the Buckeyes climbed to the No. 4 spot in the AP and to No. 7 in the Coaches poll.

Texas coach Mack Brown maintained his long-held stance that early season rankings serve as little indicator of a team's actual strength.

"We saw this weekend where rankings are unimportant until midseason because you are never sure who the best teams are in the preseason," Brown said. "There is not enough difference in the two teams today to have a No. 2 and a No. 7 (Ohio State's preseason rank). These are two teams that should be in the Top 12, but should not be in an order."

The Longhorns held onto their six combined first-place votes in the two rankings, and now stand as the only squad other than USC with claim to first-place nods.

Southern California remained atop both polls after stomping Hawaii 63-17. Michigan rose a notch to No. 3 in both polls, just below the Horns, with a win over Northern Illinois. LSU stayed at No. 5 in both polls after its home opener against North Texas was cancelled as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Tennessee claimed the No. 6 spot in AP (No. 4 in Coaches), followed by a No. 7 Virginia Tech squad (No. 6 in Coaches) that squeaked past North Carolina State on Sunday. Iowa moved up to the No. 8 position in both polls after shutting out Ball State. Georgia grabbed a No. 9 ranking, followed by No. 10 Florida.

Oklahoma sunk from the top tier to No. 16 in the Coaches poll and all the way to No. 18 in the AP poll after TCU handed the Sooners a 17-10 upset in Norman. The bad week for the Big 12 conference continued, as a last-second Clemson win over Texas A&M dropped the Aggies from the rankings.

Yet to open its season, Texas Tech claims the No. 19 slot in the Coaches poll and the No. 21 ranking in the AP.


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