Inaugural Harris Poll Has Horns At No. 2

The newcomer in the polling business looks much like the other weekly polls, at least at the top. USC is the runaway No. 1 in the just-released Harris Interactive College Football Poll, with Texas a solid No. 2 and Virginia Tech No. 3, results that mirror the Associated Press and USA Today rankings released Sunday. Florida, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Miami and Michigan State round out the Harris top 10.

Like in the other polls, the Trojans grabbed the vast majority of the first-place votes, totaling 110 to UT's three (one panel member who was displaced by Hurricane Rita was unable to submit his ranking). Both the Men of Troy (at No. 14 Arizona State) and Texas (at Missouri) take to the road this weekend.

After the Horns, No. 16 Texas Tech is the next highest-ranked Big 12 squad, followed by No. 23 Iowa State. Texas A&M (No. 30 overall), Nebraska and Kansas State are in the Others Receiving Votes category.

The Harris Poll is compiled from votes by a 114-member panel of former coaches, players and administrators, and former and current media, and is a component of the BCS rankings along with the USA Today Coaches Poll and an average of six computer rankings. The first BCS standings will be released on Oct. 17.


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