In the three major polls, Southern California is overwhelmingly considered the best of the nine remaining unbeaten schools. A combined 215 voters in the Associated Press, USA Today coaches' and Harris Interactive polls put the Trojans on the top of their ballots. Texas received a total of 24 votes and Virginia Tech received just one first-place vote from a coach. Yet Coach Pete Carroll's team seems to be held to a higher standard than everyone else, and perhaps that's a testament to the fact that the Trojans have won 27 straight games and been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll 25 consecutive weeks.
For instance, when USC rallied from double-digit deficits at Arizona State and Oregon earlier in the year, the prevailing notion was, "Uh-oh, USC is vulnerable and poised to be picked off by a worthy opponent, maybe Notre Dame." But when Texas has made similar rallies, particularly against Michigan in the Rose Bowl and at Ohio State on Sept. 10, the story line became the never-say-quit attitude of those heroic Longhorns. Perhaps a similar double standard is present here, where Texas has overtaken USC after the Longhorns took out five years of frustration on Oklahoma and the Trojans looked sluggish against a downtrodden Arizona team.
There are still some interesting quirks in the Harris poll, aside from the fact that again all 114 voters failed to have their votes counted either because they did not submit them or they could not be verified. How can Texas A&M (3-2) receive two votes after getting hammered by Colorado, 41-20, and struggling to beat Baylor in overtime the previous week?