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Texas keeps grip on No. 1 ranking

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Texas' escape from Oklahoma State earned the Longhorns the No. 1 ranking for the second week in a row in the Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll.

Texas (8-0) also ranked first in the BCS, sportswriters' and coaches' polls this week after its 28-24 win, led by quarterback Colt McCoy's 391 yards passing, over the Cowboys (7-1), who had chances in the final minutes but came up short. Oklahoma State fell to sixth in the Fan First Poll.

Penn State snatched the No. 2 slot away from Alabama this week in the fan survey.

The Joe Paterno-coached Nittany Lions (9-0) jumped over Nick Saban's Crimson Tide (8-0), now third, by defeating Ohio State (7-2). Alabama, which beat Tennessee 29-9, is ranked second to Penn State's third in the BCS, sportswriters' and coaches' polls.

The Buckeyes plummeted from fifth to No. 11 after the 13-6 loss.

Texas Tech (8-0), which drubbed Kansas 63-21, and Oklahoma (7-1), which beat Kansas State 58-35, rounded out the Top Five.

In Baton Rouge, where both defenses apparently took an early holiday, Georgia's 52-38 win against LSU (5-2) gave the Bulldogs (7-1) the No. 7 slot.

Southern California (6-1), which beat Arizona 17-10, earned the No. 8 slot. Utah (8-0), which had a bye week, and Florida (6-1), 63-5 winner over Kentucky, filled out the Top 10.

Michigan State (7-2), at No. 19, sat highest among teams that weren't ranked in the poll a week earlier, after the Spartans' 35-21 demoralizing of intrastate rival Michigan (2-6) in Ann Arbor.

Unlike other polls that measure the thoughts of paid football observers, the Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll gauges the expertise of armchair quarterbacks who devote fall Saturdays to college football.

Ipsos College Football Fan First Poll (through week 9)

1. Texas (8-0) ..... 1 (last week)

2. Penn State (9-0) ..... 3

3. Alabama (8-0) ..... 2

4. Texas Tech (8-0) ..... 6

5. Oklahoma (7-1) ..... 7

6. Oklahoma State (7-1) ..... 4

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

8. USC (6-1) ..... 8

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

10. Florida (6-1) ..... 10

11. Ohio State (7-2) ..... 5

12. TCU (8-1) ..... 16

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

14. Ball State (8-0) ..... 20

15. Minnesota (7-1) ..... 24

16. BYU (7-1) ..... 19

17. Florida State (6-1) ..... 23

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

19. Michigan State (7-2) ..... Unranked

20. LSU (5-2) ..... 12

21. Missouri (6-2) ..... 21

22. North Carolina (6-2) ..... Unranked

23. Oregon (6-2) ..... Unranked

24. Maryland (6-2) ..... Unranked

25. Georgia Tech (6-2) ..... 14

METHOD OF FAN SELECTION:

Fans in this poll are selected in a rigorous multistage process. First, a representative sample of U.S. adults is selected from the Ipsos online panel. Of this sample, about 64 percent are college football fans, here defined as following in some manner at least one college football game in a year. Ipsos then selects "avid football fans," representing about 31 percent of all football fans, or 20 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 or attends games in person as well as reads newspaper and magazine articles related to college football.

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