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Coaches' survey rates Texas No. 1

For the most part, USC and Texas are Nos. 1 and 2 among various national polls including the BCS.

Somebody out there, however, has the Longhorns with the leg up on the Trojans, in spite of USC's 34-31 victory at Notre Dame.

The Master Coaches Survey's top 25 ranks Texas (394 points) at the top, citing a dominant defense after its 42-17 victory over Colorado.

The Longhorns supplanted USC (389), the poll's top team the previous week. Rounding out the top five are Virginia Tech (369), Georgia (352) and Alabama (330).

The Master Coaches Survey is an advisory poll comprised of 16 former college football coaches, including 10 College Football Hall of Fame members. Full results are released on Wednesdays and televised on ESPN Classic's "Classic Now" on Wednesday evenings.

USC-Notre Dame: Southern California's last-second win over the Irish in South Bend, Ind., was seen by 30 million viewers, making it the most watched
regular-season college football game in nine years.
NBC's coverage of the top-ranked Trojans' 34-31 victory on
Saturday earned a 6.7 national rating, which tied it with the Ohio
State-Notre Dame in 1996 for the highest-rated Fighting Irish game
on the network in more than a decade. The games are tied for the
fourth-highest rating in the 15 years NBC has been broadcasting
Notre Dame football.
In addition to turning the Irish around on the field, Charlie
Weis is also helping their TV ratings. NBC's first two broadcasts
have averaged a 5.3, 66 percent better than the 3.2 average after
the first two broadcasts last season.

Southern Illinois: Coach Jerry
Kill hasn't ruled out a possible return to the sidelines Saturday
when the Salukis play at Indiana State.

Optimism about his return comes even though he remained hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a seizure during last weekend's game.

A school spokesman says Kill's condition is improving each day but that no date has been set for his release.

The 44-year-old Kill has a medical condition that occasionally manifests itself with seizures. He collapsed in the closing seconds of the Salukis' 61-35 home loss last Saturday to Illinois State.

He was transferred Monday from Carbondale Memorial Hospital to a St. Louis hospital for additional tests.

McNeese State: The Cowboys, displaced from the Lake Charles campus by Hurricane Rita, has been staying at
Southeastern Louisiana for the past three weeks, but the Cowboys
will play their last two home games in Cowboy Stadium.
The Oct. 29 game against Sam Houston State and a Nov. 12 meeting
with Northwestern State will be McNeese's first home games since
Hurricane Rita struck campus. Three of McNeese's first four home
games were canceled because of hurricanes.
But on Saturday, the Cowboys will make one of the shortest road
trips ever, walking across campus to play the Lions on
Southeastern's field in a cross-campus matchup.
McNeese has been practicing in the mornings on the Southeastern
fields and working out in the afternoon while Southeastern is in
class in the morning and practicing in the evenings.
Both teams are a member of the Division I-AA Southland
Conference.

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.