Polls: Texas Gains On USC

Texas (5-0) picked up first-place votes in all three polls released Sunday after its Saturday Sooner stomping. The Horns, 45-12 winners over Oklahoma, remained at No. 2 across the board but closed the overall point-gap a bit on No. 1 USC (5-0) by picking up one first-place vote in the Associated Press poll, three in the USA Today poll and nine in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll.

In the AP, Texas now has 1565 points (up from 1564 last week) while Southern Cal, 42-21 winners over Arizona, slipped slightly (from 1619 to 1618). In USA Today, it's 1488 for the Horns (up from 1483) to 1544 for the Trojans (down from 1547). In Harris, the gap between USC and Texas went from 111 last week to 94 this week.

Virginia Tech (6-0) is a unanimous No. 3 (and still with a No. 1 vote in USA Today) after a 41-14 win over Marshall, followed by Georgia (5-0) and Florida State (5-0) at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in USA Today and Harris. The Seminoles, 41-24 winners over Wake Forest, are No. 4 in AP, with the Bulldogs, 27-14 winners over formerly top 10 Tennessee, at No. 5.

Idle Alabama (5-0) continued its poll ascension none the less, taking over the No. 6 spot in AP and No. 7 in USA Today and Harris. Miami (4-1), a 52-7 winner over Duke, is No. 6 in USA Today and Harris and No. 7 in AP. Penn State moved to 6-0 with its 17-10 win over previously sixth-ranked Ohio State in Happy Valley and was rewarded with a top 10 ranking (No. 8 AP, No. 9 Harris and No. 10 USA Today). Notre Dame (4-1), idle before hosting the top-ranked Trojans this coming Saturday, is No. 9 in AP and USA Today and No. 8 in Harris. LSU (3-1), a 34-6 winner over Vandy, rounds out the top 10 in AP and Harris and is No. 8 in USA Today.

Overall, nine undefeateds remain. USC, Texas, VaTech, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Penn State, UCLA and Texas Tech. The Bruins (5-0) are knocking on the top 10's door (No. 11 in Harris and No. 12 in both AP and USA Today) after beating previously undefeated Cal 47-40 Saturday. The Red Raiders (5-0) aren't right there as well (No. 11 in USA Today and No. 12 in AP and Harris) after their last-second win over Nebraska in Lincoln. Texas faces Tech on Oct. 22 in Austin. But first, the Horns host Colorado (4-1), which destroyed Texas A&M in Boulder 41-20 on Saturday and moved into the top 25 Sunday (No. 24 in all three polls).

The Huskers (4-1) are the third team in the Others Receiving Votes category while other Big 12 teams Iowa State (3-2), Texas A&M (3-2), Baylor (4-1) and Kansas State (4-1) also earned at least one poll point.

The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The first BCS standings will be released on Oct. 17.


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