Holding Pattern: Texas Still At No. 2

Texas, coming off a 51-10 crushing home victory over Rice, remained in the No. 2 position in both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today poll released on Sunday. Despite losing one of last week's 11 first-place votes (now with eight in AP and two in USA Today), the 3-0 Horns gained a bit of ground in both polls and now have 1,564 total points in the AP (up from 1,538 last week) and 1,483 in the USA Today poll (up from 1,480 last week).

USC (2-0), which owns all the other first-place votes in both polls (57 in AP and 60 in USA Today), stayed put atop the rankings after destroying Arkansas 70-17. For their impressive victory, the Trojans added points in both polls (1,617 in AP, up from 1,592 last week; 1,548 in USA Today, up from 1,547 last week).

Idle Louisiana State (1-0) held on at No. 3. After tossing a shutout vs. Ohio, Virginia Tech (3-0) trails the Tigers at No. 4. With its 16-7 victory over previously No. 4/5 Tennessee, Florida (3-0) moved up to No. 5 in both polls.

Florida State (3-0) and Georgia (3-0) are flip-flopped in the two polls, with the Seminoles claiming the No. 6 position in AP (No. 7 in USA Today), while the Bulldogs hold that No. 6 spot in USA Today (No. 7 in AP).

Ohio State (2-1), the highest-ranked team with a loss, rose to No. 8 in AP (No. 9 in USA Today), while Louisville claimed the No. 8 slot in USA Today (No. 9 in AP).

Rounding out the top tier, the Vols (1-1) dropped to No. 10 in the AP poll (No. 11 in USA Today) while Purdue (2-0) climbed to the No. 10 position in USA Today (No. 11 in AP).

High-scoring Texas Tech (2-0) is stayed put at No. 19 in the AP poll but climbed to No. 16 in the USA Today poll after walloping Sam Houston State 80-21.

The Big 12 North's lone rankings representative Iowa State (2-0) moved up two notches in AP to No. 22 but remained unranked (but receiving substantial votes) in USA Today.

Oklahoma (1-2), No. 21/17 last week, fell from the rankings for the first time since 1999 after falling victim to No. 25/23 UCLA 41-24.

Texas A&M (1-1), a 66-8 winner over SMU Saturday, and Colorado (2-0), idle this weekend before a road date next Saturday with No. 12 Miami, are in the Others Receiving Votes category in both polls.

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