Idle Horns' poll position remains unchanged

Miami strengthened its grip as the nation's top team following its 41-16 thrashing of the Florida Gators in their own swamp, but the Top 5 teams remained unshuffled in both the latest Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls released Sunday. The only difference between the two lists is Texas remains entrenched at the No. 2 spot in the coaches' poll followed by Oklahoma while the AP has the two schools flip-flopped.

In both polls, Tennessee remained as the nation's fourth-ranked squad, followed by No. 5 Florida State.

Texas, idle this past weekend, lost seven first-place AP votes to the Hurricanes who tallied 58 in the writers' poll. Both the Longhorns and the Sooners received three first-place AP votes, while Texas garnered two first-place votes in the coaches' poll.

Oklahoma edged Texas in the AP poll by only three points, having lost 27 first-place votes during the past two weeks. However, the Sooners lost more than votes in Saturday's closer-than-expected 37-27, come-from-behind win against visiting Alabama. Starting OU quarterback Jason White tore his ACL in the first quarter and is out for the season.

Although BCS rankings are not released until October, there is a greater chance the national title picture could be settled on the field this season rather than by computer data as a result of key matchups pitting Top 5 teams against each other. Texas' October 12 showdown with Oklahoma makes for an incredible twin bill with No. 1 Miami hosting No. 5 Florida State that same day. Miami also visits No. 4 Tennessee on Nov. 9.

Nationally ranked Longhorn opponents this season are Nebraska (AP No. 8; USA TODAY/ESPN No. 7) and Texas A&M (No. 21 AP; No. 23 USA TODAY/ESPN). Meanwhile, Kansas State is listed as the AP's No. 26 team, followed by Iowa State at No. 27.

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