Poll Report: The Race for No. 1

It's a scramble for No. 1! With Ohio State falling to Illinois, there are as many as nine or ten teams with a legitimate claim to the top spot in college football. Meanwhile, the BCS hopes for the Texas Longhorns get just a little brighter each week, moving up one more spot in the standings.

The Texas Longhorns moved up, but only one spot to 13th because the Horns were jumped by both No. 11 USC and No. 12 Florida in the BCS standings.

Up at the top, things are getting scrabbled. With Ohio State's loss, LSU moves into the No. 1 spot and Oregon is close behind at No. 2. Five different teams hold first-place votes in the AP and Coaches' Polls. LSU, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all hold at least one first-place vote.

In the BCS standings, your top five is LSU, Oregon, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Three of the top five teams in the nation are from the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns are the only other Big 12 team in the Top 25.

It would require a confluence of circumstances, but a BCS bowl is still within reach for Texas, especially with the Horns moving closer and closer to the top after each win.

BCS Standings (The games remaining for the teams in front of Texas are in parenthesis)

1. LSU -- (at Mississippi, Arkansas)
2. Oregon -- (at Arizona, at UCLA, Oregon State)
3. Kansas -- (Iowa State, No. 5 Missouri)
4. Oklahoma -- (at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State)
5. Missouri -- (at Kansas State, at No. 3 Kansas)
6. West Virginia -- (at No. 22 Cincinnati, No. 24 Connecticut, Pittsburgh)
7. Ohio State -- (at No. 21 Michigan)
8. Arizona State -- (No. 11 USC, at Arizona)
9. Georgia -- (No. 23 Kentucky, at Georgia Tech)
10. Virginia Tech -- (Miami, at No. 14 Virginia)
11. USC -- (at No. 8 Arizona State, UCLA)
12. Florida -- (Florida Atlantic, Florida State)
13. Texas
14. Virginia
15. Clemson
16. Hawaii
17. Boston College
18. Boise State
19. Illinois
21. Michigan
22. Cincinnati
23. Kentucky
24. Connecticut
25. Wisconsin

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