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Texas knocks Alabama off top of Fan First Poll

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WASHINGTON — Texas' 56-31 dismantling of Missouri pushed the Colt McCoy-led Longhorns (7-0) to the top of the Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll, moving up a notch to knock Alabama out of the top spot.

The Crimson Tide (7-0) fell to second after a knuckle-whitening 24-20 victory over Ole Miss. Penn State (8-0), which crushed Michigan 46-17, remained in third.

Texas, Alabama and Penn State also rank 1-2-3 in the first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the year, as well as in the writers' and coaches' polls.

Oklahoma State (7-0) moved up a spot to fourth in the Fan Poll after beating Baylor 34-6, a week after upsetting Missouri on the road. The Cowboys rank sixth in the BCS, seventh in the writers' poll and eighth in the coaches' poll.

Ohio State (7-1) rounds out the top five, moving up one spot after its 45-7 win over Michigan State. The Buckeyes are No. 9 in the BCS poll, and 10th in both the coaches' and writers' polls.

Texas Tech moved up four places to No. 6 after beating Texas A&M 43-25, while Oklahoma, led by quarterback Sam Bradford's school record 468 yards passing (along with three touchdown throws), moved up a spot to seventh after its 45-31 victory over Kansas. The Sooners are ranked fourth in the BCS and writers' polls and fifth in the coaches' poll.

Southern California moved up three places into No. 8 after demolishing hapless Washington State 69-0. The Trojans are fifth in the BCS poll, sixth in the writers' poll and seventh in the coaches' poll.

Rounding out the Top 10, Georgia (6-1), which beat Vanderbilt 24-14, dropped two spots to ninth; and Florida (5-1), which had a bye week but knocked off defending national champion Louisiana State 51-21 the week before, fell six spots to No. 10.

The Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll weighs the approval of true aficionados of football — the folks who fly their alma maters' flags on fall Saturdays and are glued to the outcomes of games on college campuses nationwide.

Ipsos' online poll starts with a representative sample of 2,016 Americans and then screens them for their interest in college football.

Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll

1. Texas (7-0).....2 (last week)

2. Alabama (7-0).....1

3. Penn State (8-0).....3

4. Oklahoma State (7-0).....5

5. Ohio State (7-1).....6

6. Texas Tech (7-0).....10

7. Oklahoma (6-1).....8

8. USC (5-1).....11

9. Georgia (6-1).....7

10. Florida (5-1).....4

11. Utah (8-0).....14

12. LSU (5-1).....13

13. Boise State (6-0).....17

14. Georgia Tech (6-1).....Unranked

15. Tulsa (7-0).....25

16. TCU (7-1).....Unranked

17. South Florida (6-1).....21

18. Pitt (6-1).....Unranked

19. BYU (6-1).....9

20. Ball State (7-0).....16

21. Missouri (5-2).....15

22. Northwestern (6-1).....Unranked

23. Florida State (4-1).....Unranked

24. Minnesota (6-1).....23

25. Boston College (5-1).....Unranked

METHODOLOGY

In this poll, fans are selected in a rigorous multi-stage process. First, a representative sample of U.S. adults is selected from the Ipsos online panel. Of this sample, about 60 percent are college football fans (here defined as watching at least one college football game a year). Ipsos then selects "avid football fans," representing about 38 percent of all football fans (or 23 percent of the adult population). The definition of "avid football fans" is based on an index of how often the fan watches college football games on television, listens to games on the radio and attends games in person as well as reads newspaper and magazine articles related to college football.

For this survey, a national representative sample of 2,016 respondents from Ipsos' U.S. online panel were interviewed online (1,216 college fans and 460 avid college fans). Weighting then was employed to balance demographics and ensure that the sample's composition reflects the U.S. adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Statistical margins of error aren't applicable to online polls because they're based on samples drawn from opt-in online panels, not on random samples that reflect the population within a statistical probability ratio. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error.

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