In further confirmation that Texas is back, the Longhorns are now the Big 12’s highest ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25.
After surviving a scare from Baylor on Saturday, the Horns jumped up two spots to seventh. The Sooners also jumped up two spots; benefiting from their bye week as upset Saturday ravaged college football. West Virginia, last week’s top-ranked Big 12 team, fell seven spots after falling to Iowa State in Ames. The Red Raiders also received votes after upsetting TCU on Thursday night. The Horned Frogs received votes last week, but those votes disappeared following the loss. And that does it for the Big 12.
The Big 12 In The Week 8 AP Top 25
7. Texas [🔼2]
9. Oklahoma [🔼2]
13. West Virginia [🔽7]
Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech
As for the rest of the rankings, Alabama holds onto the top spot for another week, with Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame rounding out the top four. At five and six, LSU and Michigan jumped over the Longhorns after Michigan and West Virginia lost. LSU was the biggest upward mover of the week by jumping eight spots after their win over Georgia.
Had Texas beaten Baylor more emphatically, it stands to reason they could have broken into the top five, though I wouldn’t worry about it if you’re a Longhorn fan. There’s still plenty of college football left to go.
Penn State took the biggest tumble of the week; down 10 spots after losing to Michigan State. It’s their second loss in two weeks, and while they weren’t penalized too much for the loss to Ohio State, this time they were.
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