Horns Stampede To No. 4

Texas parlayed its dramatic 27-24 win at Nebraska by jumping three spots to the No. 4 national ranking in both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 polls released Sunday. On the day after shakeup Saturday where four NCAA D-I undefeateds went down in defeat, Texas is suddenly back in the national title hunt and in solid contention for the first BCS Bowl berth under head coach <B>Mack Brown</B>.

How’s this for a Fiesta Bowl national champion matchup? Oklahoma vs. Texas. You could bottle the hate and sell it to Bin Laden.

The Sooners, meanwhile, are now the AP’s No. 1 team after Miami’s shaky win against Rutgers. OU picked up 42 of 74 first place votes cast among a select group of sports writers and broadcasters. The Hurricanes lost votes but retained the top spot in the coaches' poll. Ohio State is third in both rankings, while Washington State is No. 5.

Brown said his team’s lofty status results from "the respect people have had for us over the years but also out of respect for OU. They’ve done a great job since our game and they’ve been our only loss. It adds to the credibility that our team deserves."

Other nationally ranked Big 12 teams are Kansas State (No. 12 AP/Coaches), Colorado (No. 18 AP/No. 21 Coaches) and Iowa State (No. 21 AP/No.22 Coaches).

Texas’ BCS status will certainly rise when the new rankings are released 5 p.m., Monday.


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