Poll Report: USC, Texas Remain 1-2

Texas (7-0) crushed Texas Tech 52-17 on Saturday and inched closer to No. 1 USC (7-0) in the Associated Press poll, USA Today Coaches poll and the Harris Interactive College Football Poll released on Sunday.

The Horns remained at No. 2 in the all the rankings, but Texas now owns ten first-place votes in the AP, eight first-place votes in the Coaches poll and 18 in the Harris poll. In overall points, the Horns improved and grabbed 1569 in the AP (up from 1566) and added one in the Coaches poll to now have claim to 1493 total points. Texas’ gain came at the expense of the Trojans, who dropped two points in the AP (currently with 1615) but did not lose any points in the Coaches poll.

In the Harris poll, Texas also closed in on USC and now trails the Trojans by just 78 total points.

Virginia Tech (7-0) held onto its No. 3 slot in all the polls after beating Maryland but the Hokies lost their lone first-place vote in the Coaches poll. Georgia (7-0) remained at No. 4 followed by No. 5 Alabama (7-0) in the polls, after both teams escaped the weekend with narrow victories.

Miami (5-1) stayed put at No. 6 in the all three polls after having its game vs. Georgia Tech postponed due to Hurricane Wilma. LSU (5-1), which beat Auburn in overtime, is No. 7 in the AP and Coaches poll (No. 8 in Harris).

Unbeaten UCLA claimed the No. 8 spot in the AP and Coaches poll and moved up a notch to No. 7 in the Harris poll with a win over Oregon State. Notre Dame (5-2) and Florida State (6-1) are reversed in two of the polls, with the Irish holding onto the No. 9 position in the AP (No. 10 in Coaches and Harris), while the Seminoles claimed that No. 9 spot in the Coaches and Harris poll (No. 10 in AP).

With the lose to the Longhorns, Texas Tech (6-1) fell from the top 10 and is now ranked No. 16 in Coaches and Harris poll and No. 17 in the AP.

Colorado (5-2), Texas A&M (5-2), Missouri (5-2), Nebraska (5-2) and Oklahoma (4-3) each received votes but none cracked the top 25 rankings.

The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The second BCS standings will be released on Monday, Oct. 24. The Horns were a strong No. 2 in the inaugural BCS rankings released last week and could solidify that position this week.


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