Texas At No. 10 In Both Polls

Texas is listed at No. 10 in the latest Associated Press and Coaches college football polls released Sunday and is one of three Big 12 teams ranked in the Top 10.

With its 14-9 win over Michigan, No. 2 Ohio State locked up one-half of the Jan. 4 national championship game and will likely face top-ranked Miami. The only thing that stands between the Hurricanes and their second straight undefeated season are games against Syracuse (the Orangemen have a losing record) and reeling Virginia Tech (losers of three straight).

Call me bitter, but I hope Miami wins out. That way the insufferable Sooners (No. 3 AP; No. 4 Coaches) will be denied a shot at their second national title game in three seasons. The Iowa Hawkeyes (how the hell did Iowa State beat these guys?) are No. 4 in the Coaches Poll, but No. 3 in the AP.

Georgia is an over-ranked No. 5 in both polls, followed by No. 6 USC and No. 7 Notre Dame (the teams face each other Saturday in a game that means something for the first time in more than a decade). Kansas State is (yeah) No. 8, followed by Washington State (a triple-overtime loser to archrival Washington).

Colorado, winners of the Big 12 North Division regardless of what happens at Nebraska Friday, is the conference’s other ranked team at No. 13 (AP) and No. 15 (Coaches).

The 9-2 Horns will try to put the foul aftertaste of the Texas Tech loss behind them when they face Texas A&M Friday at DKR (11 a.m. CST). It’s hard to believe that the Aggies were ranked No. 6 just five years ago (and Oklahoma was 5-6) when Ricky Williams broke the NCAA career rushing record on that foggy November morning. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders brief tenure in the Top 25 came to an abrupt end after OU slapped them around, 60-15, in Norman.

A win over A&M would likely mean a Cotton Bowl berth for the Longhorns; an inexplicable loss would probably send Texas to the Alamo Bowl. And how much does it bite that 8-4 Florida State (No. 22/23) "earns" a BCS Bowl on the same day it loses to North Carolina State by backing into an ACC championship? If the ‘Noles lose to No. 11 Florida this Saturday, you’ve got a five-loss team in a BCS Bowl while Top 10 squads like Texas and Kansas State (from an infinitely superior conference) go to second tier venues.

Oh, well. A couple plays here and there in Lubbock on Nov. 16 and you could be spending a festive night in Miami or New Orleans come bowl season. Instead, the best you can hope for is to set the aspirin bottle next to the alarm clock for that 10 a.m. kickoff in east Dallas against the fourth best SEC team (since Alabama is ineligible).

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