Strong bye week: ‘Horns up to No. 6 in AP poll

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Breckyn Hager gives a Hook'em to the band after the 23-17 Texas win Oct. 13 at DKR (photo by Jesse Drohen/Horns Illustrated).

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Longhorns' bye week was quite the strong one.

Without even suiting up, the Texas football team moved up one spot in the AP top 25 Poll, landing at No. 6 this week and within real range of a top-four slot.

The biggest reason for the move upward was Purdue's win over Ohio State, which was ranked No. 2 overall before its loss.

Texas put in the work during the bye week, refusing to call it off time, even going at it during the rains that have pounded the area over the past week-plus. The 'Horns certainly have earned their No. 6 ranking at this point in the season.

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Moving around the top 10

Alabama remained No. 1 with an unbeaten mark of 8-0, garnering 1,525 points in the poll. Clemson (7-0 / 1,454), Notre Dame (7-0 / 1,400), LSU (7-1 / 1,327) and Michigan (7-1 / 1,250) finish out the top five ahead of the Longhorns. Texas came in with 1,186 points, while fellow Big 12 Conference team Oklahoma is in at No. 8 (6-1 / 1,065). Ohio State fell all the way to No. 11 with the defeat. In the USA Today coaches' poll, the Longhorns are ranked No. 7.

West Virginia stayed in its spot at No. 13 with a bye week, and is the only other Big 12 school in the current poll. Texas Tech was next up with the most votes outside of the top 25.
This week, Baylor travels to play at West Virginia Thursday night, while Texas Tech plays at Iowa State and Oklahoma hosts Kansas State Saturday.

Ready to roll for OK State

Ranked inside the AP top 10 for the third straight week, Texas is back on the field for a full week of practice ahead of traveling to play at Oklahoma State Saturday at 7 p.m. Inside the top 25 for a fifth consecutive week, the Longhorns have their longest streak since being ranked in the AP poll for six straight weeks to start the 2012 season. [place_ad_1]

UT comes into this week winner of six consecutive games for the first time since the 2013 season, when the Longhorns rattled off six straight after a 1-2 start. That marks UT's longest since winning the first 13 games of the 2009 season.

Furthermore, the 'Horns have not been ranked this high in either poll since Sept. 19, 2010 when they were ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 4 in the coaches' poll.

Texas is back at it this week with a trip to play Oklahoma State Saturday night on ABC (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

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