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College Football Rankings: TCU Finishes Second In Both Polls

Auburn took the top spot of both polls after their 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS championship game, but the number two spot was up for grabs. Well, TCU impressed enough voters to earn the number two spot in both polls and were able to get three first place votes in the AP poll and a single first place vote in the USA Today Poll. The coaches in the USA Today poll are required to vote the BCS champion in the number one spot, but that rule has little teeth. Back in 2008 when Utah beat Alabama Utah's Kyle Whittingham voted his team number one and there was no punishment. TCU's Gary Patterson does not have a vote in the poll, and I believe these polls are made public as well later today.

Utah dropped out of the AP poll, but hang on in the coaches poll at 23rd. In the AP poll San Diego State, Air Force and BYU all received votes; in the coaches poll only San Diego State and Air Force received votes.

The three voters who put TCU number one in the AP poll were Kyle Tucker, Pete DiPrimio and Ray Fittipaldo

The AP poll

1    Auburn (56)    14-0  
2    TCU (3)    13-0   
3    Oregon    12-1   
4    Stanford    12-1   
5    Ohio State    12-1   
6    Oklahoma    12-2   
7    Wisconsin    11-2   
8    LSU    11-2    1,051   
9    Boise State    12-1   
10    Alabama    10-3   
11    Nevada    13-1  
12    Arkansas    10-3   
13    Oklahoma State    11-2 
14    Michigan State    11-2   
15    Mississippi State    9-4   
16    Virginia Tech    11-3  
17    Florida State    10-4 
18    Missouri    10-3 
19    Texas A&M    9-4  
20    Nebraska    10-4  
21    UCF    11-3      
22    South Carolina    9-5 
23    Maryland    9-4    1 
24    Tulsa    10-3   
25    North Carolina State    9-4

Others Receiving Votes: Utah98, Iowa54, San Diego State52, Northern Illinois47, Miami (OH)21, Florida19, West Virginia16, Notre Dame9, Connecticut8, Air Force5, Navy3, Hawaii2, Brigham Young1, Eastern Washington1



Jan. 11, 2010
Rank
Team (first-place votes)
Record
Points
Last week's ranking
1.
Auburn (56)
14-0
1,424
2
2.
TCU (1)
13-0
1,336
3
3.
Oregon
12-1
1,333
1
4.
Stanford
12-1
1,254
5
5.
Ohio State
12-1
1,197
6
6.
Oklahoma
12-2
1,096
8 (tie)
7.
Boise State
12-1
1,012
10
8. (tie)
LSU
11-2
1,007
12
8. (tie)
Wisconsin
11-2
1,007
4
10.
Oklahoma State
11-2
883
13
11.
Alabama
10-3
860
18
12.
Arkansas
10-3
818
8 (tie)
13.
Nevada
13-1
734
15
14.
Michigan State
11-2
676
7
15.
Virginia Tech
11-3
636
11
16.
Florida State
10-4
506
23
17.
Mississippi State
9-4
505
22
18.
Missouri
10-3
473
14
19.
Nebraska
10-4
354
16
20.
Central Florida
11-3
328
24
21.
Texas A&M
9-4
277
17
22.
South Carolina
9-5
181
20
23.
Utah
10-3
156
19
24.
Maryland
9-4
111
NR
25.
North Carolina State
9-4
94
NR
 
Dropped out
No. 21 West Virginia (9-4, lost to then-unranked N.C. State 23-7 in Champs Sports Bowl), No. 25 Hawaii (10-4, lost to Tulsa 62-35 in Hawaii Bowl).
Others receiving votes
Northern Illinois (11-3) 82; Tulsa (10-3) 41; San Diego State (9-4) 36; West Virginia (9-4) 35; Iowa (8-5) 31; Miami (Ohio) (10-4) 13; Florida (8-5) 10; Connecticut (8-5) 7; Air Force (9-4) 4; Hawaii (10-4) 4; Notre Dame (8-5) 3; Washington (7-6) 1