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Longhorns gain two first-place votes in AP poll

Texas is changing some minds.

The second-ranked Longhorns picked up two more first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday, gaining on No. 1 Southern California.

USC is on top of the rankings for a record 27th straight poll.
The Trojans received 55 first-place votes and 1,615 points. The
Longhorns, coming off a 52-17 victory over previously unbeaten
Texas Tech, received the remaining 10 first-place votes and 1,569
points in the media poll.

"I didn't move USC down as much as I moved Texas up," said Joe
Giglio of The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., one of two voters
to switch Texas and USC this week. "I feel [the Longhorns] have a
more complete résumé and I'm really impressed with how they've
handled their business."

After a Saturday with no major upsets, the top nine teams held
their positions in the Top 25. Virginia Tech is No. 3, followed by
Georgia, Alabama, Miami, LSU, UCLA and Notre Dame.

Texas Tech was the only top-10 team to fall. The Red Raiders
dropped seven spots to No. 17 after their first loss of the season.
That leaves six unbeaten teams -- USC, Texas, Virginia Tech,
Georgia, Alabama and UCLA.

With USC and UCLA set to finish the season against each other
and a Georgia-Alabama matchup in the Southeastern Conference title
game possible, the regular season could end with four unbeaten teams.

Northwestern moved into the rankings this week for the first
time since 2001. The Wildcats (5-2) defeated Michigan State 49-14
on Saturday and are now 21st in the country. The Spartans fell out
of the rankings.

Michigan is back in the rankings after a 23-20 overtime win at
Iowa. The Wolverines have been in and out of the poll in an
up-and-down season that has been filled with close games.

Earlier this season, Michigan snapped a string of 114 straight
weeks in the rankings, which was the longest in the nation and
dated back to 1998. The Wolverines moved back into the poll after a
win, then dropped back out after another loss. Two straight
last-play victories over Penn State and the Hawkeyes have Michigan
at No. 25.

The top five teams in the USA Today coaches' poll were identical
to the AP rankings with USC, Texas, Virginia Tech, Georgia and
Alabama.

In the AP poll, No. 10 is Florida State, followed by Penn State
and Ohio State.

No. 13 Boston College, which has its highest ranking since the
end of the 1993 season, plays at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

No. 14 is Oregon, followed by Wisconsin and Florida, which has a
big game coming up on Saturday.

The Gators will try to hand Georgia its first loss in the
World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party at Jacksonville, Fla. The
Bulldogs will likely be without quarterback D.J. Shockley, who
is believed to have suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in a 23-20 win over Arkansas.

"We're expecting to get him back this season," Georgia coach Mark Richt said Saturday. "We just don't know when."

After Texas Tech at No. 17, West Virginia is 18th and Auburn
fell three spots after losing 20-17 in overtime at LSU.

No. 20 TCU is followed by Northwestern, Fresno State and
Tennessee, which remained in the rankings with a 3-3 record.

California is No. 24.

Falling out of the rankings along with Michigan State was
Virginia. The Cavaliers followed up a win over Florida State with a
7-5 loss at North Carolina on Saturday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.