Top Five Remains Intact

The Top Five NCAA football teams in both the AP (writers, broadcasters) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) poll remained unchanged for the second straight week with Miami atop each list and Texas weighing in at No. 2 (coaches) and No. 3 (media). Oklahoma and Texas remain swapped for the No. 2 and No. 3 spot in each poll.

The Hurricanes collected 68 of 74 first place votes in the AP poll while the Sooners and Longhorns tallied three first place votes apiece. In the coaches poll, Miami snagged 58 of 61 total first-place votes. Texas garnered two first-place votes and Oklahoma received one.

Nebraska fell from the No. 8 spot to No. 18 (AP) and No. 19 (coaches) following its 40-7 drubbing at Penn State. Even so, UT's schedule just got harder based on Kansas State and Iowa State’s debut in both polls this week.

Consider, now, Texas’ critical four week stretch the begins Oct. 12 against the Evil Empire at the Cotton Bowl:

Game Date Ranking (AP/coaches) Team Location

Oct. 12 No.2/No.3 Oklahoma Dallas

Oct. 19 No. 25/No.23 K-State Manhattan

Oct. 26 No.21/No. 24 Iowa State Austin

Nov. 2 No. 18/No. 19 Nebraska Lincoln

If the rankings hold, that’s four ranked teams in as many weeks and only one slated for Royal-Memorial Stadium. Meanwhile, Texas A&M checked in at No. 19 (AP) and No. 21 (ESPN/USA Today), but faces a loaded No. 7 Virginia Tech team at College Station on Saturday.

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