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Is that the wrong school from Texas at the top?

November 12, 2009|Chris Dufresne

Rankman is starting to wonder whether he has had the wrong Texas at No. 1 all season, what with Texas Christian having won at Virginia and Clemson and Brigham Young this year and Texas having won at Wyoming. But one thing you learn in this business is never look back . . . unless you're Oregon's defense trying to chase down Stanford's Toby Gerhart. We salute Navy's poll debut this week after the Midshipmen punched Notre Dame in the midsection. And here's a Rankman first: having to come up with a comment . . . for Temple.

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*--* RK. TEAM Comment (Last week's ranking) 1 TEXAS 9-0 No truth that Longhorns added UCF to schedule after UNICEF backed out. (1) 2 FLORIDA 9-0 SEC says USA Today's $4M salary for Meyer too high by $30,000. (2) 3 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 9-0 Frogs haven't lost a home game since 2007 to, gulp, Utah. (7) 4 ALABAMA 9-0 Wonder if Tide now looking up at the three teams it can't beat. (6) 5 CINCINNATI 9-0 Coach asks cellphone server to block calls from "574" area code. (3) 6 BOISE STATE 9-0 Sorry: Rankman works Friday nights and saw La. Tech game. (4) 7 GEORGIA TECH 9-1 Watch-out warning this week at Duke -- yes, we said Duke. (9) 8 OREGON 7-2 Ducks' unstoppable offense meets its unstoppable defense. (5) 9 LOUISIANA STATE 7-2 Has USC boxed out because of win at Washington. (10) 10 USC 7-2 Stats for Stanford's Tavita Pritchard: two completions for one yard. (11) 11 HOUSTON 8-1 Call the cops: Cougars move up after allowing 88 points in two wins. (12) 12 IOWA 9-1 Interesting how team exhausted its nine lives against the NW 'Cats. (8) 13 OHIO STATE 8-2 Peaking just in time to lose another BCS bowl game. (15) 14 MIAMI 7-2 Off to North Carolina to face coach whose name may ring familiar. (14) 15 UTAH 8-1 Going to Fort Worth to BCS-bust Texas Christian in the chops. (16) 16 OKLAHOMA STATE 7-2 Still alive for a BCS bid, but no one really wants to see that. (18) 17 ARIZONA 6-2 Second-fastest Pac-10 unit to Arizona State fans leaving home games. (19) 18 STANFORD 6-3 Rankman's with Harbaugh: "Put up or shut up time for Stanford." (NR) 19 PENN STATE 8-2 New "Sammy Sosa cream" gets team uniforms even whiter. (13) 20 PITTSBURGH 8-1 Wannstedt and Weis meet to swap coaching hot-seat stories. (20) 21 VIRGINIA TECH 6-3 Give Beamer a big Hokie Hug for notching career win No. 225. (21) 22 BRIGHAM YOUNG 7-2 Plan for New Mexico trip starts with coach spelling "Albuquerque." (24) 23 OREGON STATE 6-3 Doing the little things Beavers do to build dams and win games. (25) 24 NAVY 7-3 Notre Dame asked after game how it could become service academy. (NR) 25 TEMPLE 7-2 Took Owls from 2002 through 2005 to win seven games. (NR-ever!) *--*

*--* Dropped out: Oklahoma (17), Notre Dame (22), California (23). Moved in: Stanford, Navy, Temple. *--*

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