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NCAA Football Rankings, Week 9: Texas Tech up 3 spots, Texas returns to latest Coaches Poll

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the TCU Horned Frogs 56-53 in a triple-overtime thriller this week and have moved up three spots in the Coaches Poll. Texas, meanwhile, beat Baylor to return to the rankings.

Tom Pennington

In a triple-overtime game that could swing either way at a given moment, there's usually a lot on the line. This was the case on Saturday when Texas Tech defeated TCU, 56-53, in a Big 12 showdown in Fort Worth. The win moved Texas Tech up three spots in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll, while the loss dropped the Horned Frogs out entirely.

The Red Raiders now sit at No. 17, but have their work cut out for them if they want to stick to their winning ways. They travel to Manhattan, Kan.,. next weekend to play undefeated No. 4 Kansas State.

In total, the Big 12 has six teams in the top 25. Oklahoma is No. 7, Texas A&M No. 21, West Virginia No. 22 and Texas enters the rankings at No. 24. The Longhorns beat Baylor, 56-50 on Saturday. This comes after losing back-to-back games, first to West Virginia, then an embarrassing 63-21 rout to Oklahoma. The Longhorns play at Kansas on Saturday.

The entire USA Today Coaches Poll can be found here:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama 7-0 1475 59 1
2 Oregon 7-0 1403 0 2
3 Florida 7-0 1329 0 4
4 Kansas St. 7-0 1326 0 3
5 Notre Dame 7-0 1221 0 5
6 LSU 7-1 1164 0 6
7 Oklahoma 5-1 1084 0 7
8 USC 6-1 1014 0 9
9 Oregon St. 6-0 974 0 11
10 Florida St. 7-1 948 0 10
11 Georgia 6-1 850 0 12
12 Mississippi St. 7-0 800 0 16
13 Clemson 6-1 788 0 13
14 Louisville 7-0 720 0 14
15 Rutgers 7-0 637 0 17
16 South Carolina 6-2 598 0 8
17 Texas Tech 6-1 571 0 20
18 Boise St. 6-1 407 0 22
19 Stanford 5-2 401 0 23
20 Michigan 5-2 264 0 25
21 Texas A&M 5-2 229 0 19
22 West Virginia 5-2 173 0 15
23 Ohio 7-0 132 0 NR
24 Texas 5-2 109 0 NR
25 Wisconsin 6-2 104 0 NR

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