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NCAA Football Rankings Week 10: Sitting At No. 14, The Houston Cougars Are The Best In Texas

The Houston Cougars are ranked No. 14 in this week's USA Today Coaches Poll, as Texas A&M falls out of the Top 25.

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 03:  Running back Bryce Beall #25 of the Houston Cougars scores against UCLA at Robertson Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 03: Running back Bryce Beall #25 of the Houston Cougars scores against UCLA at Robertson Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Are the Houston Cougars the best college football team in the state of Texas? With Texas A&M falling to the Missouri Tigers in overtime on Saturday, the Aggies have plummeted all the way out of the USA Today's Top 25 Coaches Poll and the Houston Cougars have ascended to No. 14 this week.

Case Keenum's nine touchdowns in the 73-34 victory over Rice puts the Cougars at 8-0 on the season and with a manageable schedule for the rest of the season, could the Cougars begin BCS dreaming?

Here is the full breakout of the USA Today's Top 25 Coaches Poll:


USA Today Coaches Poll: Oct. 30, 2011
Rank Team (first-place votes) Record Points Last week's poll
1. LSU (41) 8-0 1,457 1
2. Alabama (18) 8-0 1,434 2
3. Stanford 8-0 1,323 3
4. Oklahoma State 8-0 1,314 4
5. Boise State 7-0 1,237 5
6. Oregon 7-1 1,175 7
7. Oklahoma 7-1 1,117 9
8. Arkansas 7-1 1,046 8
9. Nebraska 7-1 973 13
10. South Carolina 7-1 919 14
11. Virginia Tech 8-1 871 15
12. Clemson 8-1 779 6
13. Michigan 7-1 734 17
14. Houston 8-0 679 18
15. Penn State 8-1 646 19
16. Michigan State 6-2 528 10
17. Wisconsin 6-2 463 11
18. Arizona State 6-2 445 20
19. Kansas State 7-1 440 12
20. Georgia 6-2 410 21
21. West Virginia 6-2 270 24
22. Cincinnati 6-1 232 23
23. Georgia Tech 7-2 193 NR
24. Southern Mississippi 7-1 160 25
25. Texas 5-2 122 NR

Dropped out
No. 16 Texas A&M (5-3, lost to Missouri 38-31 OT), No. 22 Texas Tech (5-3, lost to Iowa State 41-7).

Others receiving votes
TCU (6-2) 55; Auburn (6-3) 41; Washington (6-2) 38; Texas A&M (5-3) 30; Ohio State (5-3) 21; Florida State (5-3) 11; Notre Dame (5-3) 9; North Carolina (6-3) 2; Missouri (4-4) 1.

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