Texas Longhorns Stay Level In Coaches' Poll, Drop In AP

Didn't Stoops look like this because his team kinda sucked for most of the game on Saturday night? (Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE)

It's a day later than the two major polls typically come out, but with the thrilling (at least in the final several minute) Virginia Tech-Georgia Tech match up on Monday night, the first post-action Coaches' Poll and AP Poll both came out on Monday.

The skinny for the Texas Longhorns? The 37-17 victory over Wyoming on Saturday night was good enough to keep the 'Horns at no. 15 in the opinion of the coaches (ahem, whomever happens to do the rankings in the respective SID offices), while the AP voters, most of whom presumably did not watch the game, dropped Texas to no. 17.

Follow after the jump for the full rankings in both polls, as well as a couple quick thoughts about them.

The USA Today Coaches' Poll:

Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Last week
1. Alabama (37) 1-0 1,447 2
2.
Southern California (14) 1-0 1,398 3
3. LSU (7) 1-0 1,375 1
4. Oregon (1) 1-0 1,286 5
5. Oklahoma 1-0 1,171 4
6. Florida State 1-0 1,144 7
7. Georgia 1-0 1,092 6
8. West Virginia 1-0 1,032 11
9. South Carolina 1-0 943 9
10. Arkansas 1-0 929 10
11. Michigan State 1-0 868 13
12. Clemson 1-0 826 14
13. Wisconsin 1-0 719 12
14. Nebraska 1-0 652 16
15. Texas 1-0 600 15
16. Oklahoma State 1-0 595 19
17. TCU 0-0 479 17
18. Virginia Tech 1-0 476 20
19. Michigan 0-1 427 8
20. Kansas State 1-0 414 21
21. Stanford 1-0 324 18
22. Notre Dame 1-0 252 24
23. Florida 1-0 204 23
24. Louisville 1-0 109 NR
25. Boise State 0-1 82 22

Dropped out
No. 25 Auburn (0-1).
Others receiving votes
Washington 55; Brigham Young 41; Baylor 39; Tennessee 29; Utah 20; Auburn 18; Georgia Tech 16; Missouri 16; Texas A&M 13; South Florida 12; Central Florida 11; Ohio 11; Cincinnati 10; Mississippi State 10; Virginia 7; Arizona 6; Louisiana Tech 6; Nevada 5; Vanderbilt 3; Northwestern 1; Rutgers 1; Texas Tech 1.

The AP Poll:

Rank Team Record Points
1 Alabama (45) 1-0 1481
2 USC (11) 1-0 1435
3 LSU (4) 1-0 1382
4 Oregon 1-0 1295
5 Oklahoma 1-0 1170
6 Florida State 1-0 1135
7 Georgia 1-0 1083
8 Arkansas 1-0 992
9 South Carolina 1-0 980
9 West Virginia 1-0 980
11 Michigan State 1-0 915
12 Clemson 1-0 788
13 Wisconsin 1-0 664
14 Ohio State 1-0 634
15 Virginia Tech 1-0 604
16 Nebraska 1-0 603
17 Texas 1-0 584
18 Oklahoma State 1-0 558
19 Michigan 0-1 446
20 TCU 0-0 355
21 Kansas State 1-0 339
22 Notre Dame 1-0 198
23 Louisville 1-0 190
24 Florida 1-0 145
25 Stanford 1-0 131
  • Dropped from rankings: Boise State 24
  • Others receiving votes: Boise State 79, Tennessee 73, BYU 63, North Carolina 48, Baylor 38, Utah 34, Washington 15, Georgia Tech 14, Ohio 10, Texas State 10, Missouri 7, Texas A&M 5, South Florida 5, UCF 4, Mississippi State 3, Auburn 3, Cincinnati 2

A few thoughts:

  • Wait, so Texas got dropped in the AP Poll, even though most voters weren't able to watch it? And Oklahoma only dropped one spot after an aboslutely unconvincing win over UTEP? Perhaps they didn't consider that Oklahoma only created separation after a brain-dead fake punt attempt by Mike Price on a 4th and 7 in UTEP territory that essentially ended the game after the Sooners capitalized with a touchdown. Yes, the game was on the road for OU, while Texas got Wyoming at home, but how much of a boost did all the voters give the Miners for the terror of playing in cartel country at night? A significant amount? Given the 9:30 kick, maybe most of the writers were tucked in bed for the game and only glanced at the final score. Also, Wyoming played in a bowl last year, could win the MWC this year, and UTEP finished 5-7. Anyone want to take a guess at which team will be better this year?
  • Interesting that 10 writers gave Texas State votes after a victory over Houston, but none of the coaches included them in their top 25.
  • Alabama and USC jumped LSU in the Coaches' Poll. Random thought -- the extensive Saban coaching tree has to help him out in these situations.
  • Polls suck.
  • How did South Carolina not get dinged for nearly defecating themselves against Vanderbilt? Is there any way that quarterback Connor Shaw survives the season if he continues to take a beating like he did Thursday night?
  • Why is Florida still ranked?

That's all I got. Comments? Quibbles? OU hate?

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