Polls: USC, Texas Remain 1, 2

Texas remained No. 2 but gained some ground on No. 1 USC in the Associated Press, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive College Football polls released on Sunday after the Trojans squeaked past Fresno State 50-42.

The Horns (10-0) improved to 14 first place votes in the AP (up from nine), 13 first place nods in the Coaches poll (up from seven), and 25 No. 1 votes in the Harris poll. Texas (1550) bridged the gap closer to USC (1586) in the AP and the Horns currently have 1501 total points in the Coaches poll (up from 1495) and trail the Trojans by just 43 points in the Harris poll, now claiming 2737 points.

LSU (9-1) rose to the No. 3 spot in the polls, taking over the spot vacated by Miami following its Saturday loss to Georgia Tech. Big 10 co-champ Penn State (10-1) checked in at No. 4 and Virginia Tech (9-1) claimed the No. 5 position in the AP and Coaches poll, but Notre Dame (8-2) grabbed that No. 5 slot in Harris (No. 6 in AP and Coaches).

Ohio State (9-2) climbed to No. 7 in the polls, trailed by No. 8 Oregon (10-1). Auburn (9-2) defeated Alabama to move up to the No. 9 spot in the polls, while the 'Canes (8-2) dropped to No. 10.

Texas Tech (9-2) beat Oklahoma on the last play of the game to inch up to No. 17 in the Coaches and Harris poll and No. 18 in the AP. With a No. 25 ranking in the Coaches and Harris poll, Iowa State (7-3) is the only other Big 12 team to crack the poll. Colorado (7-3), Oklahoma (6-4) and Nebraska (6-4) each received votes in the polls but not enough to earn a ranking.

The USA Today and Harris polls, along with an average of six computer rankings, are components of the BCS rankings. The sixth BCS standings will be released on Monday, Nov. 21.

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