Top Three Remain The Same In 2nd Harris Poll

USC, Texas and Virginia Tech all took care of business on the field on Saturday and Sunday, the Trojans, Horns and Hokies were again rewarded with the top three spots in the second edition of the Harris Interactive College Football Poll.

Southern Cal received 108 first-place votes and UT snagged the remaining four first-place votes. (The fact that only 112 out of the 114 members of the panel voted this week goes unexplained in the Harris release.) VaTech, Florida State and Georgia round out the top five. Ohio State, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee and Cal are Nos. 6 thru 10.

Last week's No. 4 Florida fell all the way to No. 14 after a 31-3 loss to the Crimson Tide while No. 5 LSU also dropped out of the top 10 (to No. 12) after its loss to the Volunteers last Monday.

Texas Tech moved up a spot to No. 15. Nebraska, after beating formerly No. 23 Iowa State, made its debut in the poll coming in at No. 25. Oklahoma, the Horns' next opponent, is in the Others Receiving Votes category but behind Big 12 brethren Texas A&M (inexplicably at No. 29 overall despite consecutive dreadful but winning performances over Texas State and Baylor), Colorado and Iowa State.

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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