For the second straight year, the two teams that started at the
top of The Associated Press poll held those spots for the entire
Southern California was No. 1 and Texas No. 2 on Sunday in the
Top 25, just like they were in the preseason.
USC received 56 first-place votes and 1,616 points, a day after
winning its 34th straight game, 66-19 over UCLA. Southern
California has been No. 1 for a record 33 straight polls.
Texas got nine first-place votes and 1,569 points after beating
Colorado 70-3 in the Big 12 title game, the Longhorns' 20th
USC and Texas will play for the national title on Jan. 4 in the
In 2004, USC and Oklahoma started and ended the regular season
as Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, marking the first time in the
seven-decade history of the media poll that the top two went
through the regular season unchanged. But for one week last season,
the Sooners were co-No. 2 along with Auburn.
This season, USC and Texas have hardly been challenged for the
top two spots. No other team has received a first-place vote during
Behind the Big Two, Penn State, Ohio State and Notre Dame
rounded out the top five.
Florida State was back in the Top 25 after falling out last week
for the first time in four years. The 22nd-ranked Seminoles upset
Virginia Tech, 27-22, in the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference
title game Saturday.
Fresno State, which was No. 16 after nearly upsetting USC two
weeks ago, fell out of the rankings on the heels of a second
straight loss. The Bulldogs were beaten at home 40-28 by Louisiana
Tech. The loss denied Fresno State a share of the Western Athletic
In the USA Today coaches' poll, the top four is the same as the
AP poll, but Oregon is No. 5 instead of Notre Dame.
Oregon is No. 6 in the AP poll, the Ducks highest ranking since
finishing the 2001 season No. 2.
Auburn is seventh, followed by Southeastern Conference champion
Georgia, Miami and LSU, giving the SEC three top-10 teams.
Big East champion West Virginia is No. 11. Virginia Tech slipped
seven spots to No. 12 after falling to Florida State.
At No. 13, TCU is the highest ranked team from a conference
without an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series.
No. 14 Alabama is followed by Louisville, Florida and UCLA,
which dropped six spots after losing to USC.
No. 18 is Texas Tech, followed by Boston College and Michigan.
The final five are Wisconsin, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia
Tech and Iowa.
The ACC has six teams in the last regular-season rankings. The
Big Ten and SEC each have five ranked teams.
The final AP rankings will be released after the Rose Bowl.
Southern California was No. 1 and Texas No. 2 on Sunday in the Top 25, just like they were in the preseason.