UT No. 2, Tech Top 10 Heading Into Showdown

Texas (6-0) gained more ground on No. 1 USC in all three polls released Sunday after defeating Colorado 42-17 on Saturday. The Horns stayed put at No. 2 in the polls but inched closer to USC (6-0) in overall points by gaining one first-place vote in the Associated Press poll, three votes in the USA Today poll and four in the Harris Interactive Football poll.

Texas now has 1566 points (up from 1565) in the AP, while Southern Cal dropped a point to 1617 (down from 1618) after barely sneaking out of Notre Dame with a 34-31 win. In USA Today, the Horns claim 1492 points (up from 1488) while the Trojans slipped to 1540 (down from 1544). In Harris, the gap between USC and Texas went from 94 last week to 81 this week.

Virginia Tech (6-0) had a bye and remained in the No. 3 spot in all three polls while holding onto its lone first-place vote in the AP. Georgia (6-0) held onto its No. 4 spot in all three polls, followed by No. 5 Alabama (6-0).

Miami (5-1) breezed past Temple and grabbed the No. 6 spot in all three polls, followed by No. 7 Louisiana State (4-1). UCLA rose to No. 8 in the AP and Harris poll (No. 9 in USA Today), while Texas Tech (6-0) claimed that No. 8 position in the USA Today (No. 10 in AP, No. 9 in Harris) after crushing Kansas State. Despite losing to USC, Notre Dame (4-2) remained at No. 9 in AP but dropped to No. 12 in USA Today and to No. 11 in Harris. Florida State (5-1) rounds out the top tier at the No. 10 spot in USA Today and Harris (No. 11 in AP) after losing to Virginia.

Nebraska (5-1) cracked the top 25 in the Harris poll but failed to make the rankings in the two other polls after beating Baylor 23-14. Colorado (4-2) dropped from the rankings after losing to the Horns but still received votes in the polls, as did Texas A&M (4-2) and Missouri (4-2).

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 Monday, Oct. 17.


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