Poll Report: Texas No. 1 After OU Win

Texas earned its first regular season No. 1 ranking since 1984 after knocking off previously No. 1 Oklahoma 45-35 in the Cotton Bowl Saturday. The Horns jumped to the top spot in both the Associated Press and coaches poll from No. 5 last week, edging unbeaten Alabama in the voting. Penn State is No. 3 and the Sooners dropped to No. 4 in AP and No. 6 in the coaches poll.

"Being ranked No. 1 shows respect for what we've accomplished through the early part of the season, but nobody really knows who is No. 1 at this point," Mack Brown said in a statement released Sunday. "Our team has just played well for six weeks and we know more about where we are today than we did last Sunday, but we have a long way to go and a lot of room to improve. Every week, we're seeing teams learn the hard way that the only poll that matters, or lasts, is the final one. No one remembers who was No. 1 after six weeks last year. If we're No. 1 in late January, it becomes a statement."

Texas faces No. 11/12 Missouri this Saturday at 7 p.m. in Austin. The Tigers were one of three top five teams that lost Saturday, falling to Oklahoma State, which visits Austin in two weeks. The undefeated Cowboys are No. 8 in AP, one spot behind undefeated Texas Tech, which the Horns face in Lubbock on Nov. 1. OSU is No. 10 in the coaches poll while the Raiders are No. 5.

"We're looking forward to playing a great Missouri team in Austin on Saturday night and our only focus is on them," Brown said. "The poll is a fun thing for fans to enjoy but we've got to get back to work and continue to get better every week, and Missouri presents another great challenge this week."

AP Top 25
1. Texas (39) 6-0 1,599
2. Alabama (26) 6-0 1,582
3. Penn State 7-0 1,492
4. Oklahoma 5-1 1,306
5. Florida 5-1 1,284
6. USC 4-1 1,247
7. Texas Tech 6-0 1,210
8. Oklahoma State 6-0 1,184
9. Brigham Young 6-0 1,131
10. Georgia 5-1 1,081
11. Missouri 5-1 984
12. Ohio State 6-1 908
13. LSU 4-1 893
14. Utah 7-0 834
15. Boise State 5-0 714
16. Kansas 5-1 620
17. Virginia Tech 5-1 540
18. North Carolina 5-1 416
19. South Florida 5-1 397
20. Michigan State 6-1 371
21. Wake Forest 4-1 330
22. Vanderbilt 5-1 258
23. Pittsburgh 4-1 182
24. Ball State 7-0 166
25. California 4-1 115
Others Receiving Votes
Tulsa 84, TCU 61, Minnesota 48, Florida State 38, Georgia Tech 25, South Carolina 9, Kentucky 7, Oregon 4, Northwestern 3, Notre Dame 1, Cincinnati 1.
Dropped From Rankings
Auburn 20.

USA Today Poll
1. Texas (44) 6-0 1,505
2. Alabama (14) 6-0 1,452
3. Penn State (3) 7-0 1,416
4. USC 4-1 1,195
5. Texas Tech 6-0 1,210
6. Oklahoma 5-1 1,147
7. Florida 5-1 1,145
8. Brigham Young 6-0 1,143
9. Georgia 5-1 1,010
10. Oklahoma State 6-0 958
11. Ohio State 6-1 920
12. Missouri 5-1 886
13. Utah 7-0 819
14. LSU 4-1 776
15. Kansas 5-1 676
16. Boise State 5-0 648
17. Michigan State 6-1 468
18. Virginia Tech 5-1 467
19. Wake Forest 4-1 376
20. South Florida 5-1 334
21. North Carolina 5-1 321
22. California 4-1 169
23. Vanderbilt 5-1 147
24. TCU 6-1 138
25. Ball State 7-0 135
Others Receiving Votes
Tulsa (6-0) 121; Minnesota (6-1) 55; Florida State (4-1) 49; Pittsburgh (4-1) 45; Georgia Tech (5-1) 31; Northwestern (5-1) 21; Cincinnati (5-1) 18; Oregon (5-2) 14; South Carolina (5-2) 10; Boston College (4-1) 3; Connecticut (5-1) 3; Fresno State (4-2) 2; Notre Dame (4-2) 2; Kentucky (4-2) 1; Miami (Fla.) (3-3) 1.
Dropped From Rankings
No. 22 Northwestern (5-1, lost to then-No. 19 Michigan State 37-20), No. 23 Auburn (4-3, lost to Arkansas 25-22), No. 24 Wisconsin (3-3, lost to then-No. 6 Penn State 48-7).


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