Texas Tumbles To No. 8

Texas fell to No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN coaches polls released Sunday following its 35-24 loss to Oklahoma. As expected, the Sooners moved up to the No. 2 spot in the coaches' poll that Texas had occupied since the preseason and held onto the runner-up position in AP.

Miami gave up nine first-place votes to OU in the AP after its narrow win against Florida State.

In retrospect, aren’t you glad the Hurricanes came back against the Seminoles? As obscene as OU fans were at the end of the game (it was surreal, like something out of the movie Rollerball), the only thing worse would have been for them to have chanted, "We’re Number One." For now, Texas (5-1) will have to settle for being the highest ranked team in both polls to have a loss.

Neither Texas nor OU catch a breather following the annual bloodletting in the Cotton Bowl. UT travels to formidable Kansas State (underrated as the AP’s No. 17 team, No. 19 in the coaches' poll) while Oklahoma will try to contain QB Seneca Wallace and upstart Iowa State (No. 9 AP; No. 13 coaches) in Norman.

Colorado returned to the national rankings, checking in at No. 22 in the coaches' poll and at No. 23 in AP.

And if you take out your magnifying glass, you’ll see that a few other Big 12 brethren are "also receiving votes." Nebraska is creeping back toward national recognition by getting enough votes to qualify as the AP No. 29 and coaches' No. 30 squad. Meanwhile, Texas A&M and Texas Tech are vying for that coveted spot in the Mainstay Independence Bowl (the winner gets a Friday night in Shreveport).

The biggest news nationally is that Florida (4-3) dropped out of the AP poll for the first time in 348 weeks following its 36-7 home loss to LSU. The suddenly toothless Gators had the longest-running streak of poll appearances after Nebraska fell out on Sept. 29. The streak now belongs to Michigan at 71 consecutive weeks.

The last time Texas was absent from the AP Poll was two years ago today when the Horns inexplicably (and for one week only) fell out of the Top 25 despite beating Colorado 28-14 on the road. (It had to have been deferred punishment for the 63-14 licking it took against OU eight days earlier).

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