Polls: Undefeated Trojans, Horns On Top

After blowing past Kansas with a 66-14 win to clinch the Big 12 South on Saturday, Texas held onto its No. 2 position in the Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive College Football polls released on Sunday.

While the Horns (10-0) stayed one notch behind No. 1 USC (10-0) in all three rankings, Texas did inch closer to their undefeated counterpart. Texas gained a first-place vote in the AP poll and now has nine, while the Horns grabbed another vote in the Coaches poll to total seven No. 1 votes in that ranking. Texas improved most in the Harris poll, adding three first-place votes to inch up to 19.

In overall points, Texas also gained a bit of ground and now has 1569 in the AP (up from 1568) and 1495 in the Coaches poll (up from 1494). The Horns trail USC by 75 points in the Harris and currently have 2731 points in that poll.

Miami (8-1) is at No. 3 in all the polls after beating Wake Forest. After edging out Alabama in overtime, LSU (8-1) climbed to the No. 4 spot, followed by No. 5 Penn State (9-1).

Notre Dame (7-2) and Virginia Tech (8-1) are flip-flopped in the polls with the Irish claiming the No. 6 spot in the AP and Harris poll (No. 7 in Coaches) while the Hokies hold that No. 6 position in the Coaches poll (No. 7 in AP and Harris). After losing to LSU, 'Bama (9-1) dropped to No. 8 in the polls, followed by No. 9 Ohio State (8-2). Oregon (9-1) now rounds out the top tier with a No. 10 ranking, as Georgia fell from the top 10 after its loss to Auburn.

The rest of the Big 12 took a hit in the polls, with Texas Tech (8-2) sliding down to No. 19 in the Coaches and Harris poll (No. 21 in the AP) after being upset by Oklahoma State, and Colorado (7-3) fell from the rankings after losing to Iowa State. The Cyclones (7-3) are receiving votes in the polls, but not enough to crack the rankings, and the same goes for Oklahoma (6-3) and Colorado. Nebraska (5-4) received a vote in the Harris poll.

The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The fifth BCS standings will be released on Monday, Nov. 14.


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