Texas At No. 3 In Coaches' Poll; No. 4 In AP

Texas inched up to the No. 3 spot in the ESPN/USA Today (Coaches) poll, but found itself in a tie with Oklahoma for No. 4 in the Associated Press rankings released Sunday. The Sooners fell to No. 6 in the Coaches' Poll following their 30-26 loss at Texas A&M.

Miami claimed the top spot in both polls after rolling Tennessee 26-3, followed by Ohio State at a consensus No. 2. The Buckeyes pulled out a late fourth quarter 10-6 win Saturday at Purdue and play at Illinois this coming Saturday.

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 don’t pay any attention to it," the Texas head coach said, "and therefore I don’t 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 can’t 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.

"It’s out of our control except for winning," Brown said. "I’d 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 don’t ever know where you’ll end up; all you do know is you better win."

The bottom line: "I’m proud that our players have put us in a position to challenge the ol' BCS," Brown added.

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