Horns Hold At No. 2

Texas held on to its No. 2 position in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll released on Sunday after leaving Ohio State with a nail-biting 25-22 victory. With the win, the Longhorns gained five first-place votes (four in AP and one in USA Today) and now hold a combined 11 first-place nods in the polls (eight in AP and three in USA Today), all at the expense of No. 1 USC. Texas remained the only team aside from defending national champ Southern Cal to earn No. 1 votes.

But both the Trojans (1-0) and the Horns (2-0) lost a bit of ground in the AP rankings, with idle USC dropping from 1621 points to 1592 and UT from 1541 to 1538, largely due to the rise of the Tigers. Louisiana State (1-0) jumped two spots in both polls to No. 3 after its come-from-behind, 35-31 win at formerly No. 15 Arizona State (in a game originally scheduled for Baton Rouge but moved to Tempe due to Hurricane Katrina).

Virginia Tech (2-0) climbed to No. 4 in both polls with a crushing defeat over Duke. Tennessee (1-0) claimed the No. 5 spot in the AP poll, while tying the Hokies for the No. 4 slot in the USA Today poll. Florida (2-0) slammed Louisiana Tech and rose to No. 6 in the AP poll (No. 7 in USA Today), while Georgia (2-0) earned the No. 6 position in the USA Today poll (No. 7 in AP) with a tight win over Steve Spurrier's South Carolina squad.

Florida State (2-0) moved up to No. 8, followed by the Buckeyes (1-1) at No. 9. Notre Dame (2-0) knocked formerly No. 3 Michigan (1-1) from the top tier with a win and grabbed the No. 10 spot in the AP poll (No. 12 in USA Today), while Louisville (1-0) moved up to that No. 10 spot in the USA Today poll (No. 11 in AP).

Oklahoma (1-1) lost ground in the rankings after struggling in the first three quarters to defeat Tulsa, dropping a few notches to No. 17 in the USA Today poll and all the way down to No. 21 in the AP poll. Texas Tech (1-0) blew out Florida International 56-3 in its opener and grabbed a No. 19 ranking in both polls.

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