Washington State leapfrogged Texas in the AP Poll following the Cougars' win over defending Pac-10 champion Oregon. Washington State is idle this Saturday and hosts rival Washington on Nov. 23. Other nationally ranked Big 12 teams include Kansas State (No. 11 in both polls) and Colorado (No. 17 AP; No. 18 Coaches).
But Mack Brown said Sunday that he never knows where the Longhorns are ranked until someone tells him.
"I dont pay any attention to it," the Texas head coach said, "and therefore I dont think our players do. It's more important for us to win right now than where we are ranked. Two weeks ago we had eight undefeated teams, and now we have two. We cant control the (BCS) computers or the writers, obviously."
At the very least, Texas is primed for a BCS Bowl berth but (incredibly) is in the thick of the national title hunt regardless of whether it plays in the Big 12 Championship game, December 7.
Texas needs Kansas State to run the table during the regular season and break into the Top 10, giving the Horns BCS bonus points (a deduction, actually) for a quality win. It is clear that no other team that Texas has defeated other than Kansas State will finish in the Top 10 this season. Assuming Texas wins out, the points awarded for quality wins and strength of schedule could make all the difference in achieving a No. 2 BCS ranking. Kansas State hosts Nebraska this weekend.
"Its out of our control except for winning," Brown said. "Id like to think the bowls will put the best teams in the position they need to be in, as crazy as the BCS is right now. You dont ever know where youll end up; all you do know is you better win."
The bottom line: "Im proud that our players have put us in a position to challenge the ol' BCS," Brown added.