Texas Jumps To No. 2 In AP Poll

On the strength of its 49-0 drenching of Tulane, Texas eased past Oklahoma to occupy the No. 2 spot in the latest Associated Press NCAA College football rankings compiled by 74 sports writers and broadcasters. Texas had been listed as the poll’s third-ranked squad.

The Horns maintained the No. 2 spot in the ESPN/USA Today (coaches') poll that it has held since the preseason. Texas now trails only top ranked Miami, idle this past weekend, in both polls.

The Hurricanes collected 59 of 61 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll while Texas snagged the other two ballots. The Florida school tallied 71 AP first-place votes in Sunday’s poll, while Texas had two and Oklahoma one. Apparently, the writers and broadcasters were not overly impressed by Oklahoma’s ho-hum 31-14 win at home against South Florida. Of course, the Horns and the Sooners will settle it on the playing field a week from Saturday. Before then, Texas will face a 2-2 Oklahoma State squad that comes to Austin after being the last team to beat OU in Norman.

The big news in Big 12 country is Nebraska’s absence from either poll for the first time in 21 years. After the ‘Huskers got shucked at Iowa State Saturday, the Big Red is more red-faced after dropping consecutive games for the first time since 1976.

The Cyclones parlayed their emotional win over Nebraska into a No. 15 (AP) and No. 18 (coaches') national rating. Texas hosts Iowa State on Oct. 26. But sandwiched between the Cyclones and the Sooners is a dangerous trip to No. 13 (AP) Kansas State, whom the coaches list at No. 16. The Wildcats are the only conference team Texas has not defeated since the Big 12 formed in 1996.

The Longhorns conclude the month-from-hell at Nebraska, which will be looking to redeem its season by sinking what could be a top-ranked Texas team on Nov. 2. No conference team has beaten the ‘Huskers at home since UT turned the trick on Halloween, 1998.

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